The Howard Center partnered with NPR to publish its first investigation in September 2019. The complete series was distributed by the Associated Press and published by The Baltimore Sun. Parts have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times and elsewhere.

The Howard Center partnered with NPR to publish its first investigation in September 2019. The complete series was distributed by the Associated Press and published by The Baltimore Sun. Parts have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times and elsewhere. Read the series at cnsmaryland.org/code-red.


The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, launched in 2019, gives University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students the opportunity to work with news organizations across the country to report stories of national or international importance to the public.

The multidisciplinary program is focused on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects. Students will learn to dive deep into data, ask tough questions of those in power and tell the stories they uncover in new and compelling ways.

The center is directed by Kathy Best, whose longer career in journalism includes leading The Seattle Times to two Pulitzer Prizes.

The Howard Center is generously funded by $3 million from the Scripps Howard Foundation and honors the legacy of Roy W. Howard, former chairman of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain and a pioneering news reporter.

Howard was one of the newspaper world’s most dynamic personalities. He became president of the United Press when he was 29 and 10 years later was named chairman of the board of Scripps Howard. He retired in 1953 but remained active in the company until his death at age 81 in 1964.

Fellowships and aid are available for graduate students interested in working with the Howard Center. Undergraduate students will also have opportunities to work with the Howard Center.

For more information or to apply, contact sdrada@umd.edu.

HOWARD CENTER PROJECTS

Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide

Growing Up Behind Bars