COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Merrill College senior Benjamin Barr has been named student speaker for the winter commencement exercise on Sunday, Dec. 22.
Barr says he’s excited about starting his career as a sports journalist. He covered and broadcast Maryland sports throughout his college career with WMUC Sports, Maryland’s student-run sports radio station. He also served as co-sports director and external affairs director during his tenure. In addition, he covered Maryland sports for Terps TV and the Maryland men’s ice hockey club.
Povich Sports Center Director George Solomon says, “Ben Barr’s enthusiasm for sports broadcasting will carry him to the top of as many mountains he wishes to climb.”
Ben interned for Washington, D.C. stations WTOP, 106.7 The Fan, and NBC4, as well as Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. He covered the Capitals, Wizard, Nationals, and Orioles for WTOP. As an intern at 106.7 The Fan, he researched statistics and screened calls for the “Holden and Danny” talk show. At NBC4 he did some anchoring and produced highlights. He also logged highlights and covered the Philadelphia Union for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Ben currently produces and screens calls for game broadcasts on Federal News Radio.
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism Commencement Exercise takes place in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 22 at 1 p.m.