COLLEGE PARK (6/28/18) — Three members of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism community were among those killed by a gunman in the Capital Gazette newsroom Thursday, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Gerald Fischman, a 1979 graduate, worked for the Capital Gazette as an editorial writer for more than 25 years.

Rob Hiaasen, an adjunct lecturer, taught an advanced news writing course to Merrill College undergraduate students for the first time this spring. One student described him as “patient, smart, kind, and passionate.” Hiaasen was a columnist and assistant editor at The Capital and a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

John McNamara, a 1983 graduate, worked for Capital Gazette for more than 20 years, mostly as a sports writer. More recently, he was a news editor and reporter at the Bowie Blade-News and the Crofton-West County Gazette.

“We’re heartbroken,” said Lucy A. Dalglish, dean of the Merrill College. “This was a senseless attack on journalists who worked hard to serve their community.

“We cannot stop thinking about our friends and colleagues in Annapolis and their families.”

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
aapyles@umd.edu
301-405-1321