Here are some of the latest news about Philip Merrill College of Journalism alumni. If you should like to share your latest news, please send an e-mail to alums@umd.edu.

Dawson Named Washington Post Deputy Managing Editor

Graduation Year: 
1979

Merrill alumna Effie Dawson has been named deputy managing editor for The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News. She will be deputy to Kay Coyte, another Merrill College sports alumni.

Writing to Merrill College Povich Center Director George Solomon, Effie says, "I'm very excited about this opportunity, and also very appreciative of you for giving me a start here at The Post and helping me grow as an editor and manager. Thank you. It also speaks well of the University of Maryland College of Journalism, for which I am also grateful."

 

Sarah Sampson Named Series Producer, "Maryland Farm & Harvest" at Maryland Public Television

Graduation Year: 
2007

From CityBizList (Baltimore):

Sarah Sampson, associate producer in Maryland Public Television’s content unit for the past 11 months, has been named series producer for the original MPT series Maryland Farm & Harvest.

After a successful initial 13-episode run, Maryland Farm & Harvest has been renewed for a second season starting in November 2014. The series puts a human face on Maryland’s agriculture industry, telling the stories of the people who grow the state’s food and fiber.

A graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland, College Park, Ms. Sampson has worked as an award-winning news reporter in Maryland and New York prior to joining MPT.

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Sarah Sampson, associate producer in Maryland Public Television’s content unit for the past 11 months, has been named series producer for the original MPT series Maryland Farm & Harvest.

After a successful initial 13-episode run, Maryland Farm & Harvest has been renewed for a second season starting in November 2014. The series puts a human face on Maryland’s agriculture industry, telling the stories of the people who grow the state’s food and fiber.

A graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland, College Park, Ms. Sampson has worked as an award-winning news reporter in Maryland and New York prior to joining MPT.

 

 

Malitz Named Washington Post Deputy Features Editor

Graduation Year: 
2003

David Malitz. who was the Pop Culture Editor for the Washington Post the last two years, named Deputy Features Editor. The Post says initially, Malitz will, "...focus largely on sharpening the daily Style section, increasing A1 story pitches and honing areas of coverage" Malitz has worked for the Post since 2004 - where he created content for what ebecame the Going Out Guide. The Post also says "he co-launched two music blogs – Post Rock with J. Freedom du Lac, followed by Click Track with Chris Richards – and wrote about local and national music for the Weekend and Style sections"  As Pop Culture Editor, the Post says he "has been an integral part of the Style section, overseeing pop culture coverage and working with critics in the subject areas that are of great interest to so many readers" You can follow David on Twitter @malitzdand on Facebook: davidmalitz.

 

 

Hannah Morgan Heads to Africa for the Peace Corps

Graduation Year: 
2012

Hannah Morgan has left her job as a reporter at a daily paper in Georgia (the AJC internship last summer led to a job 15 minutes outside Atlanta) and is now on a 27-month adventure as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa.

She has started a blog, and promises to update it when she has internet access. http://beingbraveirene.wordpress.com/

 

Jeffery Benzing PublicSource Reporter

Graduation Year: 
MA 2011

Jeffery Benzing announced in June, 2014 that he had moved to Pittsburgh working as a Reporter at PublicSource. He says the job will focus primarily on criminal justice. But to get his feet wet, he was assigned to cover women's tackle football - that included a welcome from football great Franco Harris!