The Influential Marylander award recognizes those who are leaving a mark on the community throughout the state. Honorees were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their contributions in their respective fields and their leadership in Maryland.
They were divided into the following areas: civic leadership, communication, education, finance, freestyle, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. Dalglish was one of four honorees in the communication category.
“This year’s Influential Marylanders are incredible leaders, who are successful and engaged individuals who work constantly to improve the lives of others in their communities and throughout the state,” Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record, said in a statement. “In addition, they challenge us to realize our hopes and dreams and to meet our own goals. The Daily Record is pleased to honor them for their achievements.”
Dalglish, a former reporter, editor, media lawyer and nonprofit executive, became Merrill College Dean in August 2012. From 2000 to 2012, she led the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal representation as well as other legal support and resources to protect First Amendment freedoms and the news-gathering rights of journalists. Dalglish was previously an attorney for five years in the trial department of the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney.
From 1980 to 1993, she was a reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Dalglish has been honored with numerous national awards for service to journalism. Dalglish earned a juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, a master of studies in law degree from Yale Law School, and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of North Dakota.
She is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., and Minnesota, numerous federal appeals courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, and has authored hundreds of legal briefs and articles focused on First Amendment, news gathering and government transparency law. She is frequently quoted by journalists and has testified before state and federal lawmakers on issues related to the First Amendment and government transparency.
The Daily Record started Influential Marylanders in 2007. This year, 52 people were selected for the honor.
The honorees will be celebrated March 24 at an award reception and dinner at The Grand Lodge of Maryland in Cockeysville. They will also be profiled in a special section that will be inserted into the March 25 issue of The Daily Record and available online at thedailyrecord.com.