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The CNS-TV Crew, Spring 2009

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The bureau chiefs:

Cassandra Clayton is co-director of CNS-TV’s student newscast, "Maryland Newsline." Hired as an NBC News correspondent in 1983, over the next two decades she reported from the Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., bureaus. She co-anchored a nightly news and talk program on CNBC called "The Real Story," and substitute anchored the "Nightly News," "Weekend Edition," "Sunrise" and the "Today" news segment. She most recently reported and anchored for MSNBC and taught broadcast journalism at Howard University.

David Burns is also co-director of the student-produced Maryland Newsline television program. Burns has worked for CNN and NBC News, in both permanent and freelance capacities, as a videotape editor and field camera operator in the United States and abroad. While living outside the U.S., he worked as a technology correspondent for the IDG Wire Service and for a Polish business and finance weekly newspaper. He has taught journalism courses to students and professional broadcast workshops to reporters in the United States, Poland, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Afghanistan.

The executive producer:

Sue Kopen Katcef is an award-winning veteran broadcast journalist who teaches news reporting, writing and production to broadcast journalism students at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.   She serves as an executive producer for the awarding-winning student daily news show, “Maryland Newsline,” as well as the instructor and faculty adviser (and creator) for  "Terp Weekly Edition," an award-winning radio news magazine produced by her students for the campus radio station, WMUC. Before joining the faculty at the College of Journalism, Katcef was a reporter and anchor for WBAL Radio news in Baltimore (she continues to freelance for the station).  She has also worked as a reporter in television with stops at Baltimore’s WJZ and Maryland Public Television. Katcef is on the national board of the Society of Professional Journalists and the executive board of the D.C. Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a board member of the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association.

The graduate assistant:

Stan Heist has a dozen years of experience in broadcast television news, working as chief photographer and editor for network affiliates in Baltimore, Richmond, Virginia and Dayton, Ohio. Heist has been honored with several awards during his television career, including nine regional Emmys, four Edward R. Murrow awards and eight Associated Press awards. He was named 2005 National Television News Photographer of The Year by the National Press Photographers Association. 

The graduate students:

Nathasha Lim, 26, is the economy, consumer and education reporter for CNS-TV. Before becoming a graduate student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Lim received her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Maryland. She spent three years at National Mortgage News, a weekly publication focusing on the mortgage sector in the United States. She has also contributed articles to the Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Prince George's Sentinel and Montgomery Sentinel. Lim can be reached at nlim1@umd.edu.


Romney Smith, 26, is the criminal justice and medical reporter for CNS-TV. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication studies with anthropology and French minors from the University of Richmond in 2004. Smith spent four years in pharmaceutical sales before enrolling in graduate school.  In 2008 Smith received a prestigious Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship, spending a week working for KPHO-TV (CBS) in Phoenix, Ariz. She will receive her master's degree in May and plans to pursue a career in television news reporting and anchoring. She can be reached at rjsmith@umd.edu.   


The undergraduate students:

Russ Dinallo, 22, covers environment and transportation issues for the show. Dinallo is a senior and will graduate in May with a B.A. in journalism. Last summer he interned at CBS News in New York City; he interned previously at Redskins Radio in Silver Spring, Md. Dinallo hosts a weekly sports talk show for the University of Maryland’s WMUC Radio Sports and plans to pursue a career in sports broadcasting upon graduation. He can be reached at rdinallo@mail.umd.edu.


Andrew Lean, 22, is the technology and ethnic/religious affairs reporter for Maryland Newsline. Lean, a Baltimore native, is a senior broadcast journalism major set to graduate in May. Equipped with a passion for sports, Lean has interned with the sports department at WCBM-AM Radio and ESPN Radio in Baltimore. Following graduation, Lean plans to pursue a career in television or radio. He can be reached at alean7@gmail.com.


Melanie Yuill, 22, is covering homeland security/military affiars and workplace issues for Maryland Newsline. She is a senior broadcast journalism major and religious studies minor. She has interned at FOX45 News in Baltimore. In the summer of 2008 she attended the Salzburg Global Seminar on Media and Global Change in Salzburg, Austria, studying media coverage of religion and terrorism. She calls Philadelphia home but has lived in five different states while growing up. After graduation she plans to pursue a career as a television news reporter and anchor. She can be reached at myuill@umd.edu

Photos by Maryland Newsline's Steven Mendoza

Copyright 2009 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism

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