The Philip Merrill College of Journalism welcomes industry professionals to campus (in person and by phone/Skype/Facebook) and to events off campus throughout the school year. Our students gain insight and real-world training by working with these media professionals. The list is alphabetical by year.


Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Daid Farhenthold of the Washington Post.

Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter David Fahrenthold speaks to a packed house in Knight Hall. He was Merrill College’s Commencement speaker May 20, 2017.

2018

Marty Baron – Executive Editor, The Washington Post
James Brown – Host, CBS Sports
Christine Brennan – Columnist, The Washington Post
Lindsay Czarniak – Former Reporter, ESPN and NBC4
Simon Edelman – Scandal whistleblower, U.S. Department of Energy
John Feinstein — Author and sportswriter
Lloyd Fox – Photojournalist, The Baltimore Sun
Ron Fritz – Senior Edtior/Sports, The Baltimore Sun
Ryan Glasspiegel – Media Reporter, The Big Lead
Jemele Hill — Correspondent and columnist, The Undefeated
Johnny Holliday – Sportscaster
Mara Liasson — National political correspondent, NPR
Rick Maese – Sports Reporter, The Washington Post
Heather McDononough ’04 – Senior Sports Producer, NBC4
Eric Morath – Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
John Ourand – Media Reporter, Sports Business Journal
Steven Overly – Tech Reporter, POLITICO
Kalani Gordon Priest – Senior Editor for Analytics and Digital Products, The Baltimore Sun
Dan Russell – Director of User Happiness, Google
Bryan P. Sears – Reporter, The Daily Record
Kevin Sheehan – The Team 980
Michael Sitrick ’69 – Founder, Sitrick and Company
David Steele – Writer, Sporting News
Craig Torres – Reporter, Bloomberg News
Christopher Ullman – Managing Director of Global Communications, Carlyle Group
Matt Vita – Sports Editor, The Washington Post
Rhiannon Walker ’16 – Associate Editor, The Undefeated
Mark Zaid – Attorney, Whistleblower Aid
Dave Zirin – Writer, The Nation

2017

Reeyot Alemu – Journalist, Ethopia
Van Applegate – Fox45 Baltimore Journalist
Dana Bash – CNN Chief Political Correspondent
Marcus Brauchli – Former Washington Post reporter, now co-founder of North Base Media
Kathleen Cairns – Fox 45 Baltimore Reporter
Pam Coulter – CBS Radio Network Anchor and Reporter
Lisa Dickey – freelance journalist and author of, “Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia.”
David Fahrenthold – Washington Post Investigative Reporter
Kalani Gordon Priest – Baltimore Sun Digital Products Editor
Arelis Hernandez ’09 – Washington Post Political Reporter
Khadija Ismajilova – Journalist, Azerbaijan
Lawrence Jackson – Former Obama White House, AP and Virginian-Pilot photographer
Oliver Janney  – CNN
Al Johri – Washington Post Data Scientist
Mariam Khan – Digital Journalist at ABC News
Joyce Koh – WLTX Videographer
Wesley Lowery – Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter for the Washington Post
Kathleen Matthews  – Former WJLA-TV Anchor/Reporter
Matt Mrozinski  – creator of TV Storytellers facebook group, the chief photographer at KING-TV in Seattle and on the faculty of NPPA’s News Video Workshop
Josh Mauer – Baseball Play-by-Play Announcer (last – Trenton Thunder)
Michael McCoy – Veteran street photographer published in Time Magazine and other publications
Larry Patrick – Patrick Communications
Leija Sarcevic – Investigative Journalist
Ahmad Shuja – Human Rights Worker, Kabul, Afghanistan
Lea Thompson – Veteran NBC anchor/correspondent
Tyler Weyant ’13 – Production Director at Politico
Greg Wyshynski – Editor of the Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo!

2016

Major Bill Alexander – Prince George’s Police Dept.
Pat Anastasi – producer CNBC
Allison Arden – Publisher of Advertising Age
Jarrett Bell – USA Today NFL columnist
Bertrand Berry – Retired 12-year NFL Veteran, Pro Bowler, Notre Dame Star, Now Arizona Sports Radio Host
Christine Brennan – Reporter for USA Today, PBS, NPR, & ABC News
Matt Bylis – Reporter for News Channel 12 in New Bern, NC
Steve Buckhantz – Wizards TV and Radio Announcer
Mike Carter-Conine – WJLA (ABC7) Anchor and Reporter
Andy Carvin – Editor, First Look Media and former NPR senior strategist on the Social Media Desk
Wendi Cassuto – Group Associate Publisher, Hearst Magazines
Grant Cohen – Sports Reporter, The Wichita Eagle
Lt. David Coleman – Prince George’s Police Dept.
Roger Cossack – ESPN Legal Analyst
Candy Crowley – Former CNN Correspondent and State of the Union Host
Jumoke Davis – Monumental Sports Network
Alanna Delfino, Videographer, Fox 45
Raj De – NSA Former General Counsel
Carmel Delshad – Senior Social Engagement Producer for AJ+
Heather Dinich – ESPN
Rose DiPaula ’09 – PR Director for Maryland Women’s Basketball, Field Hockey and Golf
Kara Dixon, reporter, WAVY, Norfolk
Thomas Drike – Former NSA Official and Whistleblower
Robert Doubek – “Creating the Vietnam War Memorial”
Jamie Erdahl – CBS NFL Sideline Reporter
Justin Fenton – Baltimore Sun Reporter
Sean Gallagher – Ars Technica
Daniel Gallen ’14, Sportswriter, Penn Live
Siobhan Gorman – Former Reporter WSJ and Baltimore Sun
Rev Alvin Gwynn Sr. – President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) of Baltimore
Dr. Stephen Haas – Orthopedic Surgeon
Scott Hanson – NFL RedZone
Whitney Harris, anchor/reporter, WRIC, Richmond
Justin Harvey – Chief Security Officer, Fidelis Cybersecurity
Stan Heist -(M.A.) Director of News Training & Development at Sinclair Broadcast Group
Steve Henn – Former NPR Tech Reporter and Current Tech Entrepreneur
Lilly Ciric Hoffman – Digital Media Trainer & Multimedia Lecturer
Jerry Izenberg – Sports Columnist for the Newark Star-Ledger
John Jenkins – Founder and CEO of Law Street Media
Tom Kent – Deputy Managing Editor and Standards Editor at the AP, New York
Evan Lambert – reporter, Fox 13, Tampa
Nick Levan – CNN Recruiter
Christine Lien – Videographer, Fox 45
Frank LoMonte – Student Press Law Center
Oliver Macklin – MLB.Com
Jonathan Malat – Director of Photography, TV2 in Denmark
John Maroon – Maroon PR
Mary Beth Marsden (Formerly with WMAR TV and WBAL-Radio)
Trevor Matich – ESPN/CNS Football Analyst
Kathleen Matthews  – Former WJLA-TV Anchor/Reporter
Trevor Matich – Football Analyst and former NFL Player
Monica McNutt (M.J. ’13) – Sports Broadcaster
Larry Michael ’79 (RTVF) – “The Voice of the Redskins”
Paul Monusky ’01 – NFL Films Producer
Zainab Mudallal ’15 – News and Fitness Editor Washington Post Express
David Muir – Anchor, ABC World News Tonight
Sara Murray – CNN Political Reporter (Trump Campaign)
Amy Newman – Vice President of Marketing for iHeartMedia
Jason Newton/anchor/WBAL TV
Craig O’Donnell – Content Producer at the Dover Post
Carlos Olazagasti, Videographer, Hearst DC Bureau
John Ourand, Sports Business Journal Media Reporter
Alex Parker – ABC7 and NewsChannel 8 Sports Director
Evan Parker ’05 – Senior Executive, NASCAR
Larry Patrick – Patrick Communications
Chloe Pavlech ’16 – Maryland Women’s Basketball
Michael Pell – Reuters Data Journalist
Rear Adm. Stephen Pietropaoli (ret.) – Former Spokesman for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Head of the Navy’s Public Affairs Office
Stephen Pimpo – digital producer, WJLA
Andy Pollin – 106.7 The Fan
Zvi Reich, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University and visiting fellow at the Annenberg School at Penn.
Dave Revsine – BIG 10 Network Lead Anchor
Joel Richardson – Photographer
Wendy Rieger – News4 (WRC-TV) Anchor/Reporter
Jimmy Roberts ’79 – NBC Sports, The Golf Channel
Mike Rolince – Longtime FBI counterterrorism official
Ken Rosenthal – Fox Sports MLB sideline reporter
Dave Ross – 120 Sports (Chicago)
Lisa C. Rost – Knight-Mozilla @opennews fellow for @nprviz
Tom Roussey, reporter, WJLA
David Sanger – New York Times
Mike Schuh – Reporter for WJZ-TV, Baltimore
Bryan Sears – State Government Reporter for The Daily Record
Aarti Shahani – NPR Tech Reporter
Scott Shane – New York Times National Security Reporter
Amanda Shank – NFL Players, Inc.
Allen Shapiro – Associate Director at ABC News
Dave Sheinin – Washington Post Sportswriter
Lindsay Simpson – D.C. United director of media, communications and broadcasting
Ahmad Shuja – Research Associate – Human Rights Watch
John Smallwood ’87 – columnist Philadelphia Daily News
Toni Smith-Thompson – Donor Relationship Officer at New York Civil Liberties Union
Matt Speiser – Principal at Speiser Consulting, Former Deputy CNN Bureau Chief
Sage Steele – Anchor for NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC.
Dennis Ting, reporter, WEHT/WTVW, Evansville, Indiana
Tommy Tomlinson – ESPN
Greg Toppo – USA TODAY Reporter
Scott Van Pelt – ESPN
Rhiannan Walker ’16 – The Undefeated
Gene Wang – Sportswriter, The Washington Post
Ashley Westerman (MJ ‘ 14) – Producer, NPR
Ben Worsley, Videographer, Fox 45
Greg Wyshynski – Editor, Puck Daddy Blog, Yahoo
Kofi Yeboah ‘ 17 – SB Nation
Amanda Yeager – Annapolis Capital
Adam Yosim – Fox 45 Baltimore Reporter
Bassem Youssef – “Jon Stewart of Egypt”

2015 and Earlier Guests