Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2009

  • Jing GuoJing Guo  was trained as a bilingual broadcast journalist at a top broadcast journalism program at the Communication University of China. She served as an intern with the China Central Television in Beijing to produce one of their largest TV documentaries, The Lancang-Mekong River, and later served as a part-time reporter and video editor for Fortune China, a nationally televised program by Hunan Media Corp. Her research interests include: media psychology, cross-cultural communication, gender and media, and new media technologies. Guo successfully defended her dissertation in 2013 and now works with the World Bank Group’s public opinion research group onducting public opinion research projects
  • Richard C. JonesRichard G. Jones, the 2009 Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellow, was a reporter for 15 years, including seven years at The New York Times, where he covered politics, the New Jersey legislature, and the National Football League. In 2003, he and a colleague were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into the failings of New Jersey’s child welfare agency. His research interests include race, politics and the media, journalism history, and digital media and the evolving business model for journalism. Jones is currently an associate editor at The New York Times and the director of The Times’s Student Journalism Institute.
  • Stanton PaddockStanton Paddock has worked as a photojournalist and multimedia reporter. He holds a B.A. in Classics and Egyptology from Emory University and M.A. in Visual Communications and Photojournalism from Ohio University. His multimedia work has won awards from the National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year and New Hampshire Press Association. He has taught multimedia reporting, photojournalism, and digital and darkroom photography as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland (College Park and University College) and Frederick Community College. His interests include researching how academia can develop best practices to prepare or retrain reporters with multimedia storytelling skills. Dr. Paddock successfully defended his dissertation in April, 2017.
  • Ray_McCaffreyRaymond McCaffrey (Ph.D. ’14) worked for more than 25 years as a journalist, including eight years as a staff writer and an editor at The Washington Post. His career also includes work as a reporter, columnist and writing coach at the Colorado Springs Gazette. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Fairfield University and an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is drawn to research exploring how media has evolved with advances in technology and contributed to vast cultural changes. Dr. McCaffrey is currently the director of The Center For Ethics in Journalism at the University of Arkansas.
  • Andrew NynkaAndrew Nynka earned an M.A. in journalism from New York University and a B.A. in political science and economics from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. In 2004, he covered the Orange Revolution in Ukraine as Kyiv bureau chief for The Ukrainian Weekly, a US-based English-language newspaper. At the Weekly, he also covered the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and reported from The White House, Congress, the United Nations and from inside a prison in Eastern Europe. Andrew worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record in Parsippany, N.J., and later as an education beat reporter for another Gannett daily. His research interests include the future of journalism and its impact on democracy and public discourse, and journalism history. Andrew spent the 2012-2013 school year in Ukraine as a Fulbright Fellow. In September, 2014 he was named a 2014-2015 Graduate School-TLTC Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Maryland.

Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2008

  • Jim BaxterJim Baxter has a B.A. in English from Guilford College (1975). More recently, he earned two degrees from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School: an M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism (2007) and a M.S. in New Media (2008). He has worked as a copywriter and media buyer for an advertising agency (1977-1980), as a writer and designer for an alternative newsweekly (Spectator, 1980-1985) and at a competing alternative newsweekly (The Independent, 1985-86 and free-lance). Jim began a biweekly gay/lesbian community newspaper in North Carolina in 1979 (The Front Page), and continued as publisher and editor until 2006. In addition, from 1986-2006, he was manager and later buyer for a local gay/lesbian bookstore. His interests include First Amendment issues and how the press covers them; the LGBT community and its press, and the history of early broadcasting (radio and television).
  • ChongEunRyung Chong worked for the Dong-A Ilbo, the oldest newspaper in Korea for 17 years as a reporter and editor until 2007. She had mainly covered socio-cultural issues internationally as well as domestically. In 2000-2001, she won the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at University of Michigan. During the fellowship year, she conducted independent research observing editorial conflict and cooperation between the print and online staff at The New York Times newsroom and its online operation. She received her MA in journalism from Yonsei University in Korea in 2007; her BA is in anthropology from Seoul National University. Her master’s thesis focused on Korean newspaper reporters’ attitudes toward political diversity of opinion. Now she is interested in online public sphere as a potential reservoir of deliberate democracy, interrelation between online discourse and socio-political involving and journalism ethics.
  • Sergei GolitsinskiSergei Golitsinski has a degree in Journalism from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and two master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa: MA in communication and MS in computer science. He started his career as a translator and newspaper reporter, covering local politics. Later, he moved on to business, where he went from selling Fords at one of the first dealerships in the country to managing sales and marketing, launching start-ups, and, eventually, moving on to advertising and public relations, which he later taught at St. Petersburg State University. His pursuit of knowledge led him to communication studies and computer science. Today, his research is focused on applying computational approaches to problems in communication, journalism and media studies. Coming from the fields of software development, information retrieval and information extraction, Sergei believes that computer science can complement research in mass communication through investigating and modeling parts of reality, which may help understand how people communicate.  Golitsinski is an assistant professor in Interactive Digital Studies at the University of Northern Iowa.
  • Mihee KimMiHee Kim worked for internet portal site, Yahoo! Korea Media Team. Cooperating with about 80 major mass media including daily newspapers, broadcasting companies, and news agencies, she was in charge of a news service that delivers about 10,000 news reports a day. She edited online news. As a reporter for the internet version of Korea’s leading press, Kyunghyang Daily, MiHee reported exclusive news for the website. Her undergraduate major is history and master’s thesis was about international area studies. Her research interest is the role of internet in setting political and social agenda and the impact of internet on making social relationship.
  • Jessica RobertsJessica Roberts ’13 has a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California. She spent three years working as a teacher in the Czech Republic and Thailand, with shorter stints in Ecuador and Spain. She worked at the Cape Times in South Africa, the Santa Monica Daily Press in California and the Santiago Times in Chile. Her research interests are journalism and citizenship and the changing ways new technologies allow citizens to become more engaged in public life, as more active consumers, producers and distributors of information; the legal structure that may develop as a result of this change; and especially various means by which citizens become active in monitoring the world and institutions of authority. Roberts is an assistant professor in communication at Boise State University.
  • Jason Scanlon has worked in television news for more than 20 years– as cameraman, engineer, director, editor and producer. He worked for two ABC affiliates in Texas KSAT TV and KLTV TV. Having moved to Washington DC, he worked for the C-SPAN network, where he covered the White House, Capitol Hill, the State Department and the Justice Department. For over 10 years he has worked for the Fox News Channel. He has also freelanced for CNN and ESPN. Jason has an undergraduate degree in Film from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an MBA in International Business from the University of Baltimore. His research interests include international reporting and the impacts of new technologies on journalism, journalists, and reporting practices.
  • Woody WoodruffRobert (Woody) Woodruff has a BA from Dartmouth College in 1964 and an MA in journalism from here, at Maryland. His graduate school study of medieval and renaissance comp lit at Columbia University was interrupted by Army service in Vietnam and Korea. He then worked as editorial director of a family-owned group of weekly newspapers in Florida; editor of Publishers Auxiliary for the National Newspaper Association; copy editor at the National Journal; and teaching writing (later, basic reporting) at Prince George’s Community College. He moonlighted as a copy editor at the Prince George’s Journal daily paper; until the Journal group imploded in 2002, he was its full time opinion page editor while still teaching at PGCC. He now is a part-time copy editor for Patuxent Publishing in Howard and Baltimore counties and adjunct professor as well as student newspaper advisor at PGCC. His research interests are journalism history, especially its pre-history. He successfully defended his dissertation “Foretelling the Everyday: Early Modern English Almanacs Prepare a Public for News” in September, 2014.

Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2007

  • Bill BryantBill Bryant graduated from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in the 1960s. He worked as a reporter for the Newport (RI) Daily News and the Providence (RI) Journal in the 1970s. Then U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI) recruited him and Bill served two decades as his press secretary, legislative aid and federal projects officer. When the Senator retired in the 1990s, Bill became a consultant focusing on communications. His work included groups ranging from Greenpeace to the American Bar Association and the DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
  • Dr. Arielle Emmett.Arielle Emmett has been a professional journalist and teacher since beginning her career as a correspondent for Newsweek in the 1970s in Taiwan. A graduate of the University of Michigan in East Asian studies and pre-med, Arielle served as The New York Times intern for columnist William Safire before working as a correspondent and free lance journalist in the Far East. Later she became a science and features reporter for The Detroit Free Press and The Scientist. She has held several magazine editor-in-chief positions and has written books and scripts on technology, science, and East Asian culture. Emmett holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington in advanced writing. In recent years she served as a journalism lecturer at Temple University, specializing in magazines, New Media, and visual communications. Dr. Emmett graduated in 2011 and is currently (2016) a communications consultant with the World Bank Data Directorate.
  • Dr. Jeff Lemberg is an associate professor at Curry College in Boston in 2016.Jeff Lemberg has worked as an editor and reporter at various print publications for the past 13 years, the past three as managing editor of PRESSTIME. He is a former journalism fellow at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, worked as a correspondent for The Boston Globe, and served as managing editor of SchoolSports magazine. Jeff also has spent years working as an adjunct professor, teaching at Boston University, American University, the University of Maryland and a variety of state schools in Massachusetts. He received his master’s degree in journalism from Boston University and his bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Bridgeport. He was a 2007 Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellow. Lemberg currently (2016) is an associate professor of multimedia sports journalism at Boston’s Curry College. He successfully defended his dissertation in 2011 and is an assistant professor of communication at Curry College in Boston.
  • Dr. Robbie Morganfield.Robbie Morganfield, a veteran newspaper journalist and journalism educator, most recently served as executive director of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He previously worked at daily newspapers in Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Tulsa, Houston and Fort Worth, holding positions as a reporter, editor and columnist. He also has taught journalism at the University of Arkansas, Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Arlington and St. Augustine’s College. He has won awards for both his reporting and teaching. Robbie, who is an ordained minister, received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi, master’s degree in journalism and educational policy/leadership from The Ohio State University and master of divinity from Texas Christian University. He will assist the Merrill College with diversity initiatives and teach courses in multicultural reporting, and religion and media. The focus of his doctoral studies will be race, religion and media. He successfully defended his dissertation April 2, 2015 and is the Cleo Fields Endowed Professor in Mass Communication at Grambling State University in Shreveport, LA.
  • Xiaoyan Pan graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and then worked as a reporter and editor for several years for Baosteel Daily in Shanghai. Xiaoyan won several national awards for covering the people whose life was affected by radical economic reforms in China. She helped launch a national human resources magazine, SmartFortune, and was its vice Editor-in-Chief. In 2002-2003, she conducted media research at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC-Berkeley as a visiting scholar, before undertaking master’s study at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Xiaoyan is interested in online communication, gender issues, and comparative study in general. Her first book, Office Politics, published in 2003, focused on how communication skills help people establish harmonious relationships in a competitive working environment. She successfully defended her dissertation in 2012.

Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2006

  • Dr. Matthew Bates.Matt Bates was active in the labor/alternative press since the 1960s, worked as a daily reporter for Connecticut’s Manchester Journal-Inquirer during the 1980s. For 15 years, he handled internal and external communications for the Machinists’ international union, before becoming Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department in 2003. With a B.A. in Communications from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, he is studying class and the U.S. news media. He was a teaching assistant with Dr. Susan Moeller’s media literacy course. Dr. Bates is currently assistant professor of communications at Trinity Washington University. He successfully defended his dissertation in 2011.
  • DSC_0099Merrilee Cox successfully defended her dissertation in April, 2014. An adjunct professor at the Merrill College, she served as the executive director of the Society for Features Journalism until graduation. Before coming to the Merrill College, Cox was a veteran broadcast journalist and manager, serving most recently as Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News, Radio. During more than 20 years with ABC, she traveled extensively and was directly involved in coverage of news events including the war in Iraq, U.S. elections and political conventions, the Millennium Celebration and numerous Olympics. She received her master’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and her bachelor’s in political science from American University.  She was a Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellow.
  • PowerPoint PresentationMegan Fromm holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with an emphasis in news/editorial from Mesa State College in Colorado. She has worked as a reporter and copy editor at newspapers in Colorado and California and has interned at the Washington Times and the Student Press Law Center. While an undergraduate, she was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine Award and the Colorado Press Association’s Friend of the First Award for pursuing open government and freedom of information principles. Megan graduated with her Ph.D. in 2010. Her dissertation analyzed how news media frame student First Amendment court cases, particularly those involving freedom of speech and press. She is currently an assistant professor of mass communications at Colorado Mesa University and faculty for the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, a summer study abroad program. She is also the Professional Support Director for the Journalism Education Association.  She successfully defended her dissertation in 2010.
  • Sonia Pedrosa Pereira Sonia Pedrosa Pereira has worked as a reporter and editor for twenty years in Brazil, mainly in the coverage of economic issues. As part of her mater’s degree in communication, she wrote a thesis about the coverage in Brazilian newspapers of labor and workers. During her masters, she was a trainee teacher at the College of Communications of Rio de Janeiro State University. Studying at Maryland under a Fulbright Fellowship, she is particularly interested in analyzing the international coverage by American newspapers of Latin American issues, especially those related to Brazil. Dr. Pereira successfully defended her dissertation in 2011 and is associate professor at Associação Carioca de Ensino Superior in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Lindsey WotanisLindsey Wotanis received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she served as the managing editor of the university’s newspaper. In 2006, she received her master’s degree in rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was research assistant to Dr. Linda Flower and a workshop teacher for Take Back the Hill, a community youth newspaper program for inner-city teens. She was a teaching assistant with Dr. Susan Moeller’s media literacy course. Dr. Wotanis is currently (2017) associate professor and director of the broadcast journalism program at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa.

Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2005

  • Dr. Eric Easton.Eric Easton is (in 2016) a professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he teaches media law, legal writing, and torts. From 1972 to 1993, he was a reporter, editor, and ultimately publisher of Business Publishers, Inc., a Washington newsletter publisher. He holds a B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.  He successfully defended his dissertation in 2011. In December, 2016 he published, “Mobilizing the Press: Defending the First Amendment in the Supreme Court” (Vandeplas Publishing).
  • Ray Gamache, an associate professor of communication before entering the doctoral program, Dr. Ray Ramache.taught journalism and communication theory for 18 years at Saint Anselm College and Notre Dame College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Author/editor of three books, including The Water Is Wide: Notre Dame College’s Journey 1976-2000 (2002), he has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. He assisted Penny Bender Fuchs with the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors. He successfully defended his dissertation in 2008, was ssistant professor of mass communications at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania from 2011-2014 and has since retired.
  • Shuling Huang is from Taiwan, where she obtained her B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology at National Taiwan University. She worked for the Liberty Times as a reporter and editor in Taipei, covering ecological and educational issues among others. She focused her doctoral studies on media reform. She assisted College faculty on individual research projects. She successfully defended her dissertation in 2010 and is currently an assistant professor in the Dept. of Communication and Technology of the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
  • Andrew Kaplan received his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. Prior to joining the doctoral program, he worked as an online producer for the Epilepsy Foundation and has run his own communication consulting company. He planed to study the media’s impact on society, as well as political communication, and assisted Professor David Broder.
  • Dr. Wenjing Xie.Wenjing Xie, who is from China, received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Shandong University in China and master’s degrees from Renmin University of China and Hong Kong Baptist University. She has interned as a journalist in CCTV and at Economic Daily in China and as a Ph.D. student was interested in the impacts of global communication flows and new technology. She assisted College faculty on individual research projects. She successfully defended her dissertation in 2009 and is an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2004

  • Dr. Natalie Hopkinson.Natalie Hopkinson ’07 came to Maryland as a writer for the Style section of the Washington Post. She received her master’s degree from the Merrill College in 1999 and has been an adjunct professor. She received the Scripps Howard doctoral fellowship and continued to write regularly for the Post while  pursuing her doctoral study. In 2016, Dr. Hopkinson is a writer and scholar whose work explores the arts, gender, place and cultural identity in the public sphere. She publishes essays and books, as well as designs community engagement projects as a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation, a contributing scholar to Humanities DC, and former staff Dr. Norm Lewis.writer, editor and culture critic at the Washington Post and The Root. Source. She is currently (2016)  a Howard University  assistant professor in the  Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies.
  • Norm Lewis ’07 has been editor of three papers in the Pacific Northwest. He was a Knight Fellow at the College several years ago and became excited then about becoming a journalism professor. Norm assisted Gene Roberts and also helped with the new Media Literacy course. Professor Lewis was granted tenure at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2013 and named Teacher of the Year for the university in 2010.
  • Dr. Svetlana Markova.Svetlana Markova ’07 is from Moscow and has worked in both journalism (Russian News & Information Agency NOVOSTI) and public relations. Her master’s degree is from Moscow State University. She also holds acertificate in Global Electronic Journalism from Stockholm University. She defended her dissertation in 2007 and currently (2016) works for the World Bank as a communications officer. The title of her dissertation was, “Body images in magazines: A cross-cultural investigation of media effects in Russian and U.S. young women.”
  • Dr. Priyanka Matanhelia.Priyanka Matanhelia ’09 is from India, where she has been a writer and teacher. She taught three discussion sections of the Media Literacy course for her graduate assistantship. Dr. Matanhelia successfully defended her dissertation in 2009 and is currently a project manager for the Flamingo consulting group in Mumbai, India. Prior to that she was a senior consultant for Quantum Market Research, also in Mumbai.
  • Indira Somani ’08 entered the Ph.D. program after serving as an assistant professor at American University’s School of Communication. She has worked as a producer for Dr. Indira Somani.ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates and for CNBC. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the School of Communications, Howard University in Washington, DC where she teaches broadcast journalism courses. She studies effects of satellite television on the Indian diaspora, specifically the generation of the Asian Indians who migrated to the U.S. between 1960 and 1972, and their media habits and has produced award winning documentaries about her research. She completed her Ph.D. in May, 2008 and is currently (2016) an assistant professor Howard University’s Dept. of Media, Journalism and Film. For more information, go to:

Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2003

  • Marlene CimonsMarlene Cimons ’08: Cimons, the third recipient of the Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellowship, is a former award-winning Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. She holds a political science and journalism degree from Syracuse (N.Y.) University. Cimons graduated in 2008 and is an adjunct professor at Merrill College.
  • James Matthew Giglio: Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Giglio was a research assistant at the Center for Media Education in Washington, D.C. and a graduate teaching assistant at Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he studied communication studies. He plans to study news media and youth civic education during his time at Maryland.
  • Jad MelkiJad Melki ’07  has a unique blend of technical and journalistic skills with degrees in computer science from the University of Balamand in Lebanon and journalism and mass communications from Kent State University in Ohio. He has worked as a news producer for WTVR in Richmond, Va., Web site researcher and designer for “Nightline” and “ABCNews” and a multimedia producer for The Digital Journalist online. In 2016, Dr. Melki is the chairperson, Communication Arts Department, Lebanese American University.
  • Paul MihailidisPaul Mihailidis ’08 came to Maryland as a media and publishing studies graduate from the University of Stirling in Scotland. He was a production editor at Pearson Education, Allyn & Bacon, before joining the doctoral program at Maryland. He plans to study media and society with a cultural focus during his doctoral career. Dr. Mihailidis graduated in 2008 and is currently an associate professor at Emerson College and also works with the Salzburg Global Seminar.


  • Saswat PattanayakSaswat Pattanayak is a professional blogger and journalist for over a decade. His primary research centers around the blogosphere and its intersections with traditional media. He holds journalism degree from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, and has a Master’s Degree in Psychology (Organizational Behavior) from the Center of Advanced Study in Psychology, Utkal University, India. He has worked as a staff writer and reporter for the Hindustan Times, the Asian Age and the Economic Times (India). Currently, he edits Radical Notes and writes columns for the Kindle Magazine. He defended his dissertation in 2017, titled, “Political blogs and the changing discourse of public persuasive communication: A textual analysis of pre-primary coverage of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election”. More of his works can be found at
  • Bu_Zong_smBu Zhong ’06 was an editor at CNN and earlier a reporter and chief copy editor of China Daily in Beijing before joining the Merrill College’s doctoral program. He holds journalism degrees from China School of Journalism and the University of Missouri. Dr. Zhong graduated in 2006 and is currently (2016) a journalism professor at Penn State University.

Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2002

  • Carlos Agudelo ’07 came to Merrill College as an associate professor for the School of Communications at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, Agudelo returned there after earning his doctorate degree to further expand the university’s journalism program.
  • Jared Ball, Ph.D.Jared Ball. A graduate of Cornell University and Frostburg State University, Ball is the co-founder, editor and contributing writing of NuExodus, a pan-African magazine based in Ithaca, N.Y. He received his Ph.D. in 2005 and is currently an an associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. and can be found online at IMIXWHATILIKE.ORG.
  • Chunying Cai ’08: Cai was editor in chief of Wenzhou University Newspaper and program director and host of Ouhai People’s Radio Station in China before joining the Ph.D. program at Maryland.
  • Dr. Tamara Cook Henry.Tamara Henry ’05: Henry, the second recipient of the Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellowship at Maryland, was a national education correspondent for USA Today and earlier The Associated Press before joining the Ph.D. program in September. Dr. Henry is an adjunct professor at the Merrill College teaching Journalism Ethics, News Coverage of Racial Issues and Theories of Journalism and Public Communication.


  • John Kirch ’08: A graduate of American University’s School of Communications and the University of Dr. John Kirch.Missouri’s School of Journalism, Kirch was an adjunct professor at American University in Washington and earlier an associate editor of Security Management Magazine and a reporter for several daily newspapers throughout New England. He received his Ph.D. in 2008. Dr. Kirch is currently an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Towson University.

Ph.D. Cohort Entering 2001

  • chinoy_UMD_photo_2010_BIra Chinoy ’10: Associate Professor Ira Chinoy was the first recipient of the Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellowship at Maryland. Chinoy also serves as co-director of UMD’s Future of Information Alliance. His teaching and research focus on computer-assisted reporting, the use of archives as a resource for journalists, mass media history, history as context for emerging media in journalism, and news reporting and writing. Chinoy has 24 years of experience as a journalist at four newspapers: The Washington Post, The Providence Journal, The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and The Pine Bluff Commercial. As director of computer-assisted reporting at The Washington Post, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a 1998 series on the use of deadly force by the D.C. police. At The Providence Journal, Chinoy was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for coverage of corruption and patronage in the Rhode Island courts.

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  • Tracy Lucht ’07: An alumnus and former teaching assistant at Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism, Lucht was as a reporter and copy editor for The Des Moines Register and The Storm Lake (Iowa) Pilot-Tribune. 2014: She is an assistant professor at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University. Her research focuses on journalism history, women and the media, gender discourse
  • Stacy Spaulding ’05: Spaulding was a content producer for and a coordinator of the journalism program at Columbia Union College before joining the Ph.D. program in September 2001. Today she is an assistant professor teaching journalism and new media at Towson University. She has experience in print, broadcast and online journalism. Her academic research focuses on Baltimore’s journalism history. 2014: She is now an associate professor at Towson University with a speciality in reporting, writing, social media, and literary journalism.
  • Kevin Swift ’13: Swift, a master’s graduate and former teaching assistant of Duquesne University, was a writer and producer of WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, Dr. Kevin SwiftPa. before pursuing his doctoral degree at Maryland. Dr. Swift successfully defended his dissertation in July, 2013. He is currently Department Chair-Mass Communications – at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.



  • Dr. Lane Willaims.Lane Williams ’11: An alumnus of Ohio State University and Brigham Young University, Lane was a journalism professor at BYU-Idaho and earlier a managing editor of Enrich Magazine. Today Williams writes a regular column as the Mormon Media Observer for the “Mormon Times” and teaches journalism and communications at BYU-Idaho.