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UMTV Broadcast and Streaming Information for Commencement

UMTV commencement production.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and UMTV have announced broadcast and streaming times for this weekends Winter Commencement exercises:

Saturday: Main Commencement: 7 p.m. – XFinity Center

  • UMTV will carry the event live. The Merrill College cable station is on campus channel 38 or 78. Comcast customers can watch on Channel 73 in Prince George’s County and on Channel 2 in Montgomery County. On Verizon, UMTV is on channel 40 in both counties.

Sunday: Merrill College Commencement: 3:30 p.m. Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union.

  • UMTV will be recording the event for playback later on the cable station.
  • Merrill College will provide a live stream of the event. (URL: umlive.umd.edu)


Tom Bettag Named December Commencement Speaker

Tom Bettag working with Merrill CNS Broadcast students along with former CBS correspondent Wyatt Andrews.

Tom Bettag doing what he loves best – working with students. Here he’s with former CBS Correspondent Wyatt Andrews at the CNS Broadcast Bureau in Tawes Hall.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag will be the Merrill College December commencement speaker.

Bettag is best known as the executive producer for ABC News “Nightline” with Ted Koppel, is the winner of 30 Emmy awards, two Peabody awards, six DuPont silver batons and the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.

Among his professional experiences are 22 years with CBS News, which included working as a producer for “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” and “60 Minutes” and as executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” from 1986-91.

From CBS, he moved to ABC News, where he was executive producer of ABC News “Nightline” with Ted Koppel from 1991 – 2006, and spent three years overseeing ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

He was executive producer of CNN’s Sunday morning programming from 2009-2011. He moved to NBC News in 2011 to work as a producer on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” for three years.

Bettag holds an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

As a visiting fellow, Bettag is working with Merrill  College student journalists and faculty on in-depth news projects. He is also advising the college on curriculum and other broadcast initiatives. The visiting fellowship is made possible by the generosity of the family of Philip Merrill, the late owner of the Annapolis Gazette and Washingtonian magazine.

Merrill sophomore Kristine Auble spoke with Bettage about what he hopes to talk about in his speech Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Stamp Student Union.

Shannon Clash Named Student Commencement Speaker

Senior Shannon Clash is the student commencement speaker for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. in December, 2015.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Undergraduate students of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who are graduating later this month have named senior Shannon Clash as Merrill commencement speaker.

Clash is a graduating senior from Baltimore who hopes to pursue a career producing long-form journalism for TV or digital outlets. Clash currently works as a production assistant for NBC4 in Washington, D.C., and as a Millennial advisor to the Maryland Association of Black Journalists’ student chapter.

While in college, Clash was a multimedia journalist and producer for Capital News Service, a layout editor for The Black Explosion newspaper, and co-founder of a website called Stories Beneath the Shell. She worked as a production assistant and social media coordinator for the Legal Stranger Project.

Clash studied abroad in Florence, Italy, was president of the Theta Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and mentored first and second graders through America Reads, America Counts. She believes none of this could have happened without the faculty, staff and students in her Merrill family.

Merrill College student Kristine Auble’17 talked with Clash about the honor and what she hopes to convey to her fellow students.

Broadcast Journalism Major Mia Simon Student Commencement Speaker

MiaStudent Tong Wu contributed to this story.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Student speaker Mia Simon has just one word for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism: “family.” She told Merrill Journalist Tong Wu the college nurtured and supported her to be the person who she is today. “For me it is very self-fulfilling by knowing that, when I graduate I still have plenty of people to reach out to when I have questions,” she said.

Simon majored in broadcast journalism with a minor in leadership studies.  She held internships at Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Company. After working for the BBC in New York City last summer, she helped to jump-start the BBC Campus program and was offered a writing position with the Travel Section of BBC.com for the duration of her senior year. On campus, she has worked for WMUC Sports Radio, Unwind Magazine, Capital News Service and Stories Beneath the Shell, which she co-founded with five other journalism seniors. Aside from journalism, she has been actively involved with the Alternative Breaks program, and was a member of the College Park Scholars’ Media, Self and Society cohort.

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El Nuevo Herald Executive Editor Myriam Marquez Headlines Merrill Commencement

Myriam-MarquezCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Myriam Marquez, executive editor of Miami’s El Nuevo Herald newspaper, will be the commencement speaker for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism on May 22.

Marquez graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1983.

“Myriam Marquez is one of Merrill College’s most distinguished alums,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish. “Since her graduation, she has distinguished herself as an award-winning reporter, an incisive editorial and commentary writer, and a newsroom leader. Our students have much to learn from her.”

For her part, Marquez says she is looking forward to speaking to the Merrill graduating class:

“These graduates are at the top of their game, taught by some of the best journalists in the country for a new millennium of journalism in a nation that’s growing ever more diverse. The industry has changed immensely from the time of my graduation, and these new journalists will be key to our success in telling crucial stories in innovative ways that grab audiences on digital, television or print. I’m excited by the possibilities.”

Marquez’s husband,  Tony Pipitone, also graduated from Merrill College in 1983. He is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter for WTVJ-TV in Miami. They have two sons.

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