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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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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; Professor of the Practice
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’s Howard Center and Povich Center Publish First Collaboration, on College Football Deaths from Exertion-Related Illnesses

    COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism have teamed up for the first time to publish “Pushed Too Far,” an investigation into the 22 Division I college football player deaths from exe

  • Terps in the Booth: How Maryland Broadcasters Are Taking Over the Minors

    By Matt Gilpin, Maryland Athletics Staff Writer With long bus rides, unglamorous meals, and hours upon hours of working, minor league baseball players have to scratch and claw every day to make their dreams come true.  The University of Maryland has put a number of ballplayers into the minor leagues with the latest being pitcher Sean Burke and shortstop Benjamin Cowles. Not only has Maryland become a place that sends players to the next level, but it starts student broadcasters on their careers too. 

  • Merrill's Lila Bromberg ‘21 Wins APSE Student Contest

    COLLEGE PARK -- Lila Bromberg ‘21 has been named the winner of the 2021 Associated Press Sports Editors Student Contest, APSE announced May 25.  Bromberg is the first University of Maryland student to receive the honor since the contest started in 2017.

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