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I have written and edited for one of the top news Web sites in the country, a national magazine, several daily newspapers and a wire service. I have taught reporting and editing for Web and print at one of the nation's most respected journalism colleges and have directed its internship program.


Work History:

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, full-time faculty (lecturer) and program director:

  • Since January 2013, serve as director of assessments. Also serve as director of the graduate certificate in professional studies for multimedia journalism, chairman of the college's curriculum committee and lead instructor for the college's introductory reporting and writing class and a number of multimedia classes. Continued to direct the internship program for the first half year of this new assignment. Help to recruit and oversee a number of part-time faculty. Also serve as the college's representative on VPAC, a university committee that oversees creation of new courses. And serve on a number of faculty search and college standing committees.
  • Served from January 2011 through August 2013 as director of internships and career development. Concurrently ran the multimedia news bureau that first semester, then taught a multimedia journalism class and internship classes. Oversaw Hearst contest entries for the college, worked as lead instructor for several classes and served on a number of faculty search and college standing committees.
  • Formerly created and for 10 years served as director and editor of the multimedia news bureau, part of the Capital News Service program. Designed a lab for the news bureau; built and launched the website and lab in January 2001. Students worked as Web producers and reporters, creating and packaging multimedia stories and writing social media updates for Maryland Newsline. The newsmagazine was named the top affiliated student Web site in the country in 2008 by the Society of Professional Journalists and won numerous national and regional SPJ awards every year of its existence. During that decade, also taught an intermediate multimedia journalism class and a Young Scholars class for high school students and pressed for additional digital changes throughout the journalism curriculum. Also hired and oversaw part-time multimedia faculty.
  • Managing editor of the college's award-winning News21 multimedia reporting projects, summer 2009 and summer 2010. Maryland was one of a dozen schools around the country tapped to participate in the innovation project, funded by a Carnegie-Knight initiative. The 2009 UMD project focused on the intersection of race and politics; the 2010 project investigated federal-state efforts to clean up North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Capital News Service bureau director/editor, in Annapolis and later Washington, January 1992 to May 1997 and Fall 1998. The four-day-a-week wire service is staffed by top undergraduate and graduate students, who serve as reporters. Stories were transmitted to 15 daily newspapers in Maryland and Washington, D.C., including The Washington Post and Baltimore's Sun. Assigned and edited breaking news stories, features and computer-assisted projects, working with students and client editors. In Annapolis, also edited broadcast copy. On Mondays, co-taught a public affairs seminar; during the summer, taught reporting and editing classes.

American Journalism Review, July 1998 to August 2000 (part time for the first six months; full time for the following year-and-a-half): Managing editor of this 25,000-circulation, 10-issue-a-year national magazine. Edited full-length features, columns and letters, wrote headlines, photo cutlines and stories. Supervised four intern fact-checker/writers, a half-dozen columnists and numerous freelancers. Coordinated photos and graphics with design team. Wrote Web site blurbs for Taught Complex Writing course in the evenings at the University of Maryland College of Journalism in Spring 2000., full time May 1997 to July 1998, and part time May to August 1996, the summer of the site's Web launch: Acting Metro editor/associate editor for the online Washington Post. Led editorial redesign of the Metro section and created a database-driven Community Resources section with detailed listings of nonprofit groups, clubs, schools and government bodies. Hired freelancers and interns to write thousands of searchable entries and edited much of their copy. Also supervised two news producers and a reporter who wrote breaking news stories and features, as well as multimedia packages. Coordinated with photo, design and technical teams to create online news packages and interactive quizzes. Occastionally wrote breaking news stories. 

The Washington Times, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper: Annapolis bureau chief and congressional reporter, November 1985 to January 1992: Spent first two years heading a two-man State House bureau in Annapolis, covering the last year of Gov. Harry Hughes' term and the gubernatorial contest and election of William Donald Schaefer. Spent next four years reporting from Capitol Hill for the national and metro desks, including House Speaker Tom Foley's first six months in that job and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton's campaign for Congress. Occasionally filled in as assistant Metro editor, editing copy and wires and assigning photos and stories.

The Globe, AT&T Communications' regional employee newspaper: Associate editor, March to November 1985: Wrote and edited telecommunications stories.

The Prince George's Journal, a 40,000-circulation daily newspaper: Staff reporter, March 1984 to March 1985: Covered county government, local elections and planning and zoning.

The South Prince George's Independent, a 21,000-circulation weekly: Promoted from political reporter to news editor to managing editor, August 1980 to March 1984: Did layout, editing, photo cropping, headline and editorial writing. Supervised two news reporters, a sports editor, a photographer and stringers. Drafted annual budget.


University of Maryland, College Park. Graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism, May 1980. Named to "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities." Tapped to join Kappa Tau Alpha, a national journalism honor society, and elected secretary of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Later completed 12 graduate credits at the University of Maryland as an advanced special student: in computer-assisted reporting, magazine writing (independent study), recent American history and American studies.

Panels, Workshops,  Conferences:

  • Part of an editing and social media team that worked with student coverage of the Journalism Interactive Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park, April 2014. Live tweeted numerous sessions, and archived one in Storify.
  • Moderator of a panel on finding jobs in sports journalism, April 2013 and 2012, as part of the Shirley Povich Sports Journalism Workshop and Jamboree in College Park, Md.
  • Moderator of a panel on social media and ethics at the Society for Features Journalism national conference, August 2012 in College Park, Md.
  • Moderator of a panel on skills needed for jobs and internships in journalism, at the Journalism Interactive national conference, October 2011, College Park, Md. Also live tweeted the conference, secured speakers for two panels, helped edit conference bios and helped edit student blogs of event.
  • Moderator of a panel on social media and ethics, at the SPJ regional conference March 27, 2010, in College Park, Md.
  • Workshop leader at on Feb. 23, 2009. Delivered a half-day workshop for a dozen or so NPR radio reporters and producers on writing for the Web.
  • Panelist at the Online News Association's national conference in Washington, D.C., September 2008. Spoke on integrating Web journalism into college curriculums. Also edited two students' conference stories for publication on AJR's Web site.
  • Co-editor of the student-written blog covering the Associated Press Managing Editors national conference in Washington, October 2007. Also edited stories for the conference newspaper.
  • Moderator for two panels at a J-Lab citizen journalism symposium and awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2007.
  • Panelist for a session titled: "Experience from On-Campus: Multimedia Reporting," at the August 2007 national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C.
  • Co-coordinator of a panel for the October 2006 national conference of the Online News Association: "Training and Re-training Journalists for Today's Digital Realities." The conference was held in Washington, D.C. Also moderated a panel for the J-Lab citizen journalism conference that ran concurrent with the ONA conference. And helped coordinate the ONA student newsroom.
  • Guest speaker / presenter at the Third Annual Journalism and Communications Workshop at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md., late fall 2006. Spoke to high school and college students about the future of journalism and journalism education.
  • Served as student mentor and assisted with editing the publications produced at the Online News Association national conferences in Chicago and New York City, Fall 2005 and Fall 2003.
  • Gave workshops on using the Internet for research and reporting, May 2007, 2006 and 2005, to Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association interns.
  • Gave a full-day workshop on headline writing and editing for the Web to editors in Secaucus, N.J., May 12, 2004.
  • Gave several sessions of Web production, layout and editing training to high school teachers participating in the American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Institute in College Park, Md., during three consecutive summers: July 2003, 2002 and 2001.
  • Led a session Dec. 6, 2001, at the Smithsonian Institution's S. Dillon Ripley Center as part of its "mini-journalism school." Discussed how the Internet has revolutionized newsgathering and delivery, affected writing styles and raised new ethical issues for journalists.
  • Conducted an all-day newswriting workshop Nov. 19, 2001, for the newsletter staff of the American Chemical Society.
  • Spoke on a "content and coffee" panel at the National Press Club about "The State of Online Journalism Training," Nov. 12, 2001.
  • Spoke on a panel in Ocean City, Md., at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 2 conference March 31, 2001, on "Journalism's Traditions @ Internet Speed."
  • Co-led three days of hands-on training for Serbian journalists on new-media technologies, Web page creation, writing for the Web and using the Internet as a research tool. The workshop, held Feb. 28 - March 2, 2001, in Montecassino, Italy, was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
  • Was one of 16 journalists from around the world selected to participate in The Poynter Institute's first seminar on online news writing, Nov. 5-10, 2000, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Discussed online storytelling, structures and ethics and evaluated online coverage of the 2000 presidential election. Returned to Poynter in March 2008 to take a new training session on shooting and editing video for the Web.
  • Spoke about reporting and online journalism at several annual Maryland Scholastic Press Association conferences (most recently November 2000) held in College Park, Md.
  • Spoke about online journalism at a panel sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors (summer 2000) in Washington, D.C.

Courses Created and Taught:

I created seven new courses at the University of Maryland: JOUR 356, (Kaiser Health Multimedia Reporting Capstone); JOUR 352/652 (Online Journalism); JOUR 655 (Online News Bureau, a capstone for grad students); JOUR 353 and 355 (multimedia reporting and editing capstone courses for undergraduates); JOUR 502 (Public Affairs Reporting).

I have taught nine others: JOUR 399 (Supervised Internship); JOUR 199 (Survey Apprenticeship); JOUR 150 (Introduction to Mass Communication for Young Scholars); JOUR 201 (News Writing and Reporting); JOUR 202 (News Editing); JOUR 728 (Topics in Public Affairs Reporting, co-taught with Christopher Callahan); JOUR 325/625 (Reporting from Annapolis and Washington); JOUR 372 (Writing the Complex Story).

See descriptions of courses created and taught.

Contest Coordinating, Judging and Screening:

Judge of the Association of Health Care Journalists national health reporting contest, February 2014.

Juror in February 2014 and February 2012 for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, administered by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Judge in 2013, 2012 and 2011 for the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors Excellence in Video/Multimedia Competitions; judge in 2007 for the Feature Writing Competition.

Judge in summers of 2011, 2005 and 2002 of entries in a national reporting contest sponsored by The Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families. Served as a contest screener for radio categories in several previous years.

Judge in July 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003 for the Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism, administered by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Judge in December 2007 of daily newspaper/feature series entries for a contest sponsored by the Suburban Newspapers of America.

Contest screener in summer 2008 and 2007 for the Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards, which honor professional and student innovations and public service projects.

Judge in spring 2007 and spring 2005 of news Web sites in Florida in a contest run by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.

Chief judge and contest coordinator in winter 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002 for the national reporting awards program of the Education Writers Association, a national professional organization of education reporters. Served as a contest screener in winter 2010, February 2009, 2008 and 2001 and a judge in February 2000.

Judge of multimedia entries to the Maryland Scholastic Press Association contest for high school students, fall 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003.

Judge in summer 2004 for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Newspaper of the Year contest.

Judge in January 2003 for a national writing/photography/layout contest sponsored by Copley Newspapers for its staffers.

Judge of entries for a national contest on food-section writing sponsored by the Association of Food Journalists in spring 2000.

Judge of online entries for a news contest sponsored by the Alaska Press Club in March 2001.

Judge of entries for about a decade for the Benjamin Fine Awards for Outstanding Education Reporting, most recently in winter 1999. 

Awards for Student Work I Edited:

From January 2001 to May 2011, I served as editor of the student-staffed online newsmagazine, Maryland Newsline. Every year of its existence, the publication, which operated in conjunction with the other three Capital News Service bureaus, won national and regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence contest -- including eight national first-place awards. The awards for student work on Maryland Newsline included:

In addition, while director of the CNS Washington bureau (print), I assigned and edited a computer-assisted project on toxic pollutants in Maryland that won a citation in the student category in the Investigative Reporters & Editors' annual contest. The project was published in a number of newspapers, including Baltimore's Sun on May 5, 1996.


Before joining the University of Maryland’s faculty, I wrote more than a thousand stories for newspaper and Web site publication, including for,  The Washington Times and The Prince George’s Journal.

While on the University of Maryland’s faculty, I have written free-lance stories for American Journalism Review and for The Washington Post's Metro, Weekly and Home sections. I have also written for Congressional Quarterly's political almanac, "Politics in America"; for the “Maryland Report Guidebook to Maryland Legislators, 1995-1998”; and for Salem Press’ “Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America.”

See a sampling of professional clips.

Boards, Memberships, Free-lance Editing, Etc.:

Past member of the Board of Editorial Advisors for American Journalism Review. Also creator in August 2004 of a Web-based teachers' guide to AJR, targeted to journalism professors at universities around the country. Was the sole writer/researcher/producer for the guide until it went on hiatus in summer 2009.

Advisory Board member for the Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism sponsored by J-Lab: the Institute for Interactive Journalism based at the University of Maryland, 2003 through 2008.

Member of the Online News Association and past member of Investigative Reporters & Editors. Free-lance copy editor for the Casey Journalism Center's quarterly magazine, "The Children's Beat," 2002-2003.

While reporting at the Washington Times, made TV and radio appearances on D.C.-area talk shows, including WETA-TV's "Metro Week in Review" and WAMU Radio's "Derek McGinty Show."

Other Awards:

Honored by the university president in fall 2006 as a faculty mentor to one of the University of Maryland's 2006-2007 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars.

Nominated for university-wide Distinguished Faculty or Advisor award by the University of Maryland Parents Association, fall 2003.

Won a Washington Dateline Award for general reporting in 1985 from the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Won a United Press International best-in-show award in 1983 for a feature series on infertility.

Won four Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards: Second place in 1984 for a public service series on battered wives; first place in 1983 for a feature series on infertility; first place in 1982 for team coverage of the murder of coed Stephanie Roper; and first place in 1981 for government coverage.

University and College Service:

Member of numerous college working committees while on faculty at the University of Maryland College of Journalism, including the Graduate Committee, the Undergraduate Committe, the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Plan of Organization Committee, the New Building Committee, the Ad Hoc Scholarship Committee, and more. Currently chair the curriculum committee; served as chair in 2010-’11 of the Graduate Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee, leading an overhaul of the curriculum. Helped spearhead efforts to to include a sports focus in the graduate curriculum in spring 2012.

Member of a search committee in 2013-14 to find an assistant professor to focus on computational journalism, big data analysis and quantitative methods for research.

Member of search committees appointed by the university provost to find a new dean for the College of Journalism, 2008 and again in 2011-‘12.

Member of a successful search committee appointed by the dean to find a new-media scholar. Fall and spring, 2009 and 2010.

Member (co-chair) of a successful search committee appointed by the dean to find a Knight visiting professor in digital innovation. Spring 2008.

Member of the University of Maryland blog and wiki committee, meeting in 2006-2007 to select tools for use by university professors.

Co-coordinator of technology training sessions for College of Journalism faculty, 2006-2007 academic year.

Chairman of a College of Journalism committee charged with a national search to hire another new-media faculty member, spring 2006. The search was successful.

Member of a university search committee to hire a communications director for the Office of Information Technology, winter 2004/spring 2005. The search was successful.   

Leader of numerous open house tours for prospective journalism students.

Leader of numerous public sessions on new-media technology, held during Maryland Day, the university's spring open house.


Last updated April 2014

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