COLLEGE PARK (5/10/19) — Howard Distinguished Visiting Fellow Marty Kaiser has been named the first managing director of Capital News Service, the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s student-staffed nonprofit news organization.
As the first Howard Fellow, Kaiser spent the past year helping Merrill College launch the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and working with CNS directors in Annapolis, Baltimore, College Park and Washington.
In his new role, Kaiser will coordinate efforts among CNS’ numerous bureaus and news teams and help the news service collaborate with the Howard Center, led by Director Kathy Best, on investigative projects of national importance.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Kaiser said. “It’s really important to have the Howard Center and CNS work together.”
As editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 1997 to 2015, he led the newspaper to three Pulitzer Prizes.
In 2009, Editor & Publisher magazine named Kaiser Editor of the Year for his work in Milwaukee, where he increased investigative and enterprise reporting while developing one of the most respected newsroom cultures in the nation.
Before arriving in Milwaukee, Kaiser was associate managing editor of The Baltimore Sun. He previously was executive sports editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida.
“Marty is a nationally respected newsroom leader, and a natural fit to lead Capital News Service as it prepares to work closely with the new Howard Center,” Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said. “His experience, skill and even temperament are a tremendous asset as Merrill College builds on its track record of producing impactful investigative journalism and developing the next generation of watchdog reporters.”
At CNS, Kaiser plants to help faculty members and students build upon the news service’s award-winning legacy by shaping stories and facilitating cooperation between bureaus and professional partners.
“It’s all about working with the students and producing outstanding journalism,” Kaiser said, “and that’s what we’re going to do.”