COLLEGE PARK (12/5/18) — Senior Lecturer Sue Kopen Katcef and senior Jonathan Orbach will speak during the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s winter commencement ceremony this month.
Kopen Katcef, longtime director of the Capital News Service broadcast bureau and a 1976 Merrill College graduate, plans to retire after the spring semester.
Orbach — one of the roughly two-dozen students who plan to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism this month — is a multiplatform journalism major who has minors in Spanish and business entrepreneurship and innovation.
The college ceremony will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre. The campus-wide ceremony will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Xfinity Center.
An award-winning journalist, Kopen Katcef has also led students to numerous awards at the local, regional and national level for their work on “Maryland Newsline,” CNS’ newcast that airs three times a week.
She’s is on the national board of the Society of Professional Journalists, where she serves as the vice president of campus chapter affairs, and is also the faculty adviser for SPJ’s student chapter here.
Before returning to Merrill College, Kopen Katcef was a reporter and anchor for WBAL Radio in Baltimore, a reporter at WJZ TV and Maryland Public Television and a reporter and anchor for WBCM/Metromedia Radio.
Born to South African-Israeli immigrants, Orbach grew up with “a huge appreciation for global cultures and ideas,” he said, and has completed internships in Washington, D.C., New York City and London. He most recently was an intern with the D.C. United professional soccer team.
Orbach has written for several on-campus publications and was a copy editor for The Diamondback, an independent and student-run daily news organization.