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17th Annual Povich Symposium, ‘Heart of the Story: How Strong Relationships Elevate Sports Reporting,’ to Be Held Nov. 15 at Jones-Hill House

Sports reporters and the athletes they cover discuss getting along — and why sometimes they don't

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism presents its 17th Annual Povich Symposium, which will feature a candid conversation on the relationships between reporters and the athletes they cover. 

This year’s Povich Symposium, titled “Heart of the Story: How Strong Relationships Elevate Sports Reporting,” returns to in-person for the first time since 2019. It will take place at Jones-Hill House, UMD’s new football performance center, on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. 

The panel will consist of three veteran journalists and the star athletes they have covered over the years: 

>> Christine Brennan, an award-winning national sports columnist for USA Today, and Katie Ledecky, a 10-time Olympic medalist swimmer, 19-time world championship gold medalist and the most decorated woman in world championships history. Ledecky will serve as a panelist remotely.

>> Mike Preston, a longtime sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun, and Torrey Smith, a two-time Super Bowl-winning wide receiver and former Terrapins football standout.

>> Ken Rosenthal, an on-field reporter on Fox Sports during playoff games and the World Series and senior baseball writer for The Athletic, and Mike Bordick, a former All-Star shortstop who played 14 seasons in the major leagues, including 1997-2002 with the Baltimore Orioles.

The discussion will be moderated by John Ourand '89, a media reporter for Sports Business Journal and co-host of “The Sports Media Podcast.”

The Povich Symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required and seating is limited.


For more information, contact Kaitlyn Wilson, assistant director, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:; 301-405-4605.

About The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism: 

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism prepares students to be innovators and leaders in all facets of sports media. The center's unique, experiential curriculum and public programs elevate and amplify discussion of race, gender, politics and the world — just as Shirley Povich did each morning in The Washington Post.

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