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




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    (UPDATED 1/20/2021) Philip Merrill College of Journalism students, faculty and staff members were remarkably resilient during Fall 2020. Thank you for following mask and social-distancing rules. Together, we’ll get through another challenging semester. Please see updated answers to frequently asked questions about how we are proceeding amid the pandemic. 1. Will Knight Hall be available for journalism students to use as a study space this spring? Will the News Bubble be open?

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  • Washington Post's Krissah Thompson '02, Student Camryn DeLuca To Speak At Merrill's Winter 2020 Commencement

    COLLEGE PARK (12/17/20) -- Krissah Thompson, The Washington Post’s first managing editor for diversity and inclusion, and graduating senior Camryn DeLuca will be the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s winter commencement speakers, Dean Lucy A. Dalglish announced. The virtual commencement ceremony will go live on Sunday, Dec. 20, immediately following the 1 p.m. campuswide ceremony.

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