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.

Mara Schiavocampo Joins ABC News in New York

Graduation Year: 
M.A. 2003

Mara Schiavocampo joined ABC News in February, 2014 as a New York-based correspondent reporting for all platforms.

Mara joins ABC from NBC News where she reported for all broadcasts and was an anchor of “Early Today” on the NBC network and “First Look” on MSNBC.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood wrote in a staff memo: "Mara is a dynamic storyteller and skilled journalist who has covered nearly every major news story in the past decade.  During the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, Mara anchored for five straight hours as news broke that suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with Watertown police.

Mara’s reporting has been recognized with several honors, including an Emmy for her coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election.  In 2007, she was the only broadcast journalist to receive the National Association of Black Journalists’ 'Emerging Journalist of the Year' Award.
 
Mara holds dual Italian American citizenship, and has traveled and lived all over the world, including Somalia, Italy and the Philippines.  A self-described 'animal lover,' Mara, along with her husband and daughter, have opened their home to rescue animals over the years.

Mara got her start in journalism right here at ABC News as a desk assistant for Radio in 2001 and as a producer for 'ABC News Now” in 2004.'"

Photo courtesy: : Barbara Nitke  /  © NBC Universal

TERP Magazine Online Features Merrill Alumna Marquez

Graduation Year: 
1983

TERP Magazine Online publishes an article about alumna Myriam Marquez ’83. She’s the editor of el Nuevo Herald, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country, based in Miami. The veteran Florida journalist and columnist became the first woman to be named its executive editor in October, 2013. She now oversees a publication that reaches more than 1.7 million readers online monthly and nearly 64,000 in print each Sunday.

 

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.