The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers faculty with a wide range of expertise for your stories.
Call or email Alexander Pyles at 301-405-1321 to find the right expert for your story.
Faculty is listed alphabetically with links to their Merrill College faculty webpage.
Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Expertise: How the media are and should be covering the new Trump administration; journalism’s role in American democracy; the continuing evolution of television news from Ed Murrow to Megyn Kelley.
Expertise: The intersection of sports, race, politics and culture. The history of the black athlete. Sports journalism. Sports.
Kevin Blackistone’s articles in the Washington Post
Capital News Service Washington, D.C. Bureau Director
Expertise: Media coverage of presidential and congressional elections, prospects for congress after the election, first 100 days.
Expertise: First Amendment rights, government transparency, secret courts, reporters privilege, media/communications law, press freedom. She has been a national leader in supporting open meeting and open records laws at the state and federal level, as well as a key player over the past 10 years in the effort to pass state and federal reporters “shield laws.”
Expertise: Video journalism, social media, documentary filmmaking, streaming media and broadcast innovation.
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Mark Feldstein, Ph.D.
Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism
Expertise: Broadcast news; media and politics; journalism ethics and history; investigative journalism; scandal coverage. Feldstein is regularly quoted as a media analyst by leading outlets in the US and abroad and has testified as an expert witness on First Amendment issues in court and before Congress.
Sarah Oates, Ph.D.
Professor and Senior Scholar
Expertise: Political communication and democratization. A major theme in her work is the way in which the traditional media and the Internet can support or subvert democracy in places as diverse as Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism
Expertise: Intelligence, military, cybersecurity, international freedom of the press issues and US human rights policy. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and three-time finalist, Priest uncovered secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and deplorable conditions for veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. Her student-led Press Uncuffed project successfully focused attention on the plight of journalists who are jailed around the world.
Linda Steiner, Ph.D.
Expertise: Gender issues in content, production, and audiences for media; history of journalism and journalism education; women war reporting; media ethics; alternative and feminist media.
Director, The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and Professor of the Practice.
Expertise: Former Assistant Managing Editor for Sports at The Washington Post from 1975-2003. Former Chairman, Ethics Committee, Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE). Ombudsman, ESPN, 2005-2007. Joined the Merrill College faculty in 2003 and has been teaching sports reporting and sports, culture and the media ever since. Has been involved in sports journalism since 1963.
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Expertise: Photojournalism, video storytelling, broadcast journalism, television, multimedia, media innovation, women in media, social media, Snapchat, video training, implementing format transitions and new technology, network political coverage, national campaign trail, covering political conventions, hands-on journalism education, blended learning, active and student-centered classrooms.