Shirley Povich Symposium 2017

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.

About the Center

Shirley Povich
About Shirley Povich

Shirley Povich was an award-winning reporter and columnist at The Washington Post from 1923 to 1998. One of the most popular and respected writers in 20th century American journalism, Povich covered hundreds of major sports events during his 75-year career. 

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Sports Writing & Reporting Fall 2018

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a variety of sports courses that provide students an opportunity to learn about sports coverage in the modern era. Students gain hands-on experience covering teams at the University of Maryland, as well as in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

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2019 Povich Newseum Panel
Past Events

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism hosts various panels and discussions throughout the year, bringing experts in the field to Merrill College to discuss current events and interact with students.

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Povich Center logo

The center was made possible by a $1 million challenge gift from Shirley Povich’s children – Maury, Lynn and David – as well as support from other involved parties. 

Povich Center Faculty & Staff

Portrait of Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman

George Solomon Endowed Chair in Sports Journalism; Lecturer
Portrait of Kevin Blackistone

Kevin Blackistone

Professor of the Practice
Portrait of Kaitlyn Wilson

Kaitlyn Wilson

Assistant Director, The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

Check out The Povich Center's original series, Still No Cheering in the Press Box, which explores the lives of legendary sports journalists -- in their own words. 

John McNamara    In Memoriam: John McNamara




  • Merrill College’s Amelia Jarecke, Bethany Swain Win BEA Awards 

    COLLEGE PARK -- Amelia Jarecke ’22, a student at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and Merrill College Senior Lecturer Bethany Swain have been honored with awards from the Broadcast Education Association.

  • How Merrill College Rose to the Challenge of the Pandemic

    The Philip Merrill College of Journalism took some time to reflect on how we rose to the challenge of the pandemic and grew from it, beginning with thoughts from Dean Lucy Dalglish.  After a year of remote classes, COVID tests, heightened anxiety, online commencements and more Zoom time than any human should have to endure, Merrill College faculty, staff and students are taking a moment to ask, "What have we learned?" Please take a few minutes to read the thoughts of members of the Merrill community. You will be impressed with their resourcefulness and resilience.

  • Povich Center Announces Sports and Politics Poll Collaboration With Washington Post, UMD Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement

    COLLEGE PARK — The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism on Wednesday announced it will conduct as many as two sports and politics polls per year in collaboration with The Washington Post and the UMD Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement.

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