By Frank Quine
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – So how did a small and nondescript 1950s brick rambler on Adelphi Road become the epicenter of a national watchdog journalism magazine, a national journalism center devoted to at-risk children, a $2 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Association of Black Journalists?
It all began in 1993. The highly regarded national magazine American Journalism Review, published monthly by the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism, operated from a commercial office high-rise on Route 1 in College Park. AJR sought to reduce its rental expenses and also seek a closer affiliation with the university. Journalism Dean Reese Cleghorn learned of a vacant house on Adelphi Road, near the university golf course, that had been a gift to Maryland in 1991 by the Hugh R. Humphrey family. University records don’t contain background on the Humphreys or why the home was donated, but it naturally became known as The Humphrey House. In time, it was referred to as just The House.