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Lucy Dalglish

Lucy DalglishLucy Dalglish has served as a professor and dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland since 2012.

She is a former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (2000-2012), a former trial lawyer at the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney (1995-2000) and a former reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

She is a graduate in journalism from the University of North Dakota and has law degrees from Yale Law School and Vanderbilt School of Law.

Dalglish has written extensively and spoken frequently on issues related to a free press and government transparency.

She serves on the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, on the national board of the News Leaders Association and on the board of advisers for the Freedom Forum Institute.

Lucy A. Dalglish

Dean and Professor

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Penny Abernathy

Penny AbernathyPenelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy, a former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, is the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina. A journalism professional with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and senior media business executive, she specializes in preserving quality journalism by helping news organizations succeed economically in the digital environment. Her research focuses on the implications of the digital revolution for news organizations, the information needs of communities and the emergence of news deserts in the United States.

She is author of “The Expanding News Deserts,” a major 2018 report that documents the decline and loss of local news organizations in the U.S., (available at usnewsdeserts.com), and lead co-author of “The Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur” (Wiley Blackwell: 2018), which explores in-depth the emerging business models of successful media enterprises.

Her first book, "Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability," (UNC Press: 2014) is based on five years of research, involving more than two dozen newspapers around the country. This research (available at savingcommunityjournalism.com) became the foundation for UNC’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, which works with news organizations to investigate and develop new business models and tools. She was also author of a 2016 report, “The Rise of a New Media Baron and the Emerging Threat of News Deserts” (available at newspaperownership.com).

As a senior business executive, Abernathy was responsible for both creating and implementing strategies at some of the nation’s most prominent news organizations and publishing companies, including the Harvard Business Review, as well as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She oversaw the successful launch of new multimedia enterprises that increased both revenue and profit at all three organizations. She also served as vice president and executive director of industry programs at the Paley Center for Media, which counts as its members some of the world’s leading media companies and executives.

Before moving to the business side of the industry, Abernathy was a newspaper reporter and editor at several daily newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer, The Dallas Times-Herald and The Wichita Eagle-Beacon. She was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1998. She has MBA and M.S. degrees from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Greensboro.


  • M.B.A., Columbia University
  • M.S., Columbia University
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Terry Smith

Terence SmithTerence Smith is an award-winning journalist who has been a political reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and television analyst over the course of a four-decade career. He has written on everything from a Bedouin wedding in the Sinai to firefights in the jungles of Vietnam to presidential news conferences in the White House.

Born into a newspapering family – his father was Red Smith, the sports columnist – Smith began his career covering local politics at the Stamford (CT) Advocate. Moving on to The New York Herald Tribune, his coverage of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign for the United States Senate in New York attracted attention and propelled him to a job at The New York Times. He spent 20 years with The Times, including eight years abroad in the Middle East and Far East, covering four wars, peace negotiations and the day-to-day lives of people in more than 40 countries. Smith’s coverage earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations and numerous other awards. He won the Times’ Publisher’s Prize for outstanding writing 22 times. Smith also served as Assistant Foreign Editor and Deputy Metropolitan Editor in New York. In the paper’s Washington bureau, he served as diplomatic correspondent and chief White House correspondent before founding and editing the popular Washington Talk page.

In 1985, Smith joined CBS News in Washington, covering the Reagan White House and for nine years, reporting the cover stories for CBS Sunday Morning. He earned two Emmys for his work on the broadcast “48 Hours,” and shared in the George Foster Peabody Award for general excellence given to the staff of CBS Sunday Morning.

In 1998, Smith turned to public television, founding and leading the media unit at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. As senior producer and media correspondent, Smith broadcast 110 in-depth tape reports and anchored some 250 studio discussions on media, national and international issues. In the course of seven years, Smith and his unit won 18 national awards and honors for media criticism and analysis. He is now a special correspondent for The NewsHour.

Smith is a 2013 inductee to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hall of Fame.

Smith speaks, writes and broadcasts on national politics, international affairs and environmental issues involving the Chesapeake Bay and ocean policies. He previously served on the board of trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. He was a member of the advisory board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Married with two grown children and three grandchildren, he lives with his wife, Susy, in Annapolis. He was a World Affairs speaker aboard Crystal Cruise ships around the world.

Martin Kaiser

Martin KaiserIn 2019, Marty Kaiser was named the first Managing Director of the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was a Howard Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Merrill College, where he helped launch the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.

Kaiser is a journalism consultant specializing in leadership, digital innovation, ethics and investigative reporting, having worked with local news organizations across the United States and Europe.

From 2016 through 2018 he was a Senior Fellow and Consultant at the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

He was Editor/Sr. Vice President of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 1997 to 2015. Under his leadership, the Journal Sentinel earned a national reputation for its journalism and digital innovation. 

Kaiser’s newsroom won Pulitzer Prizes in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and was honored as a finalist six other times from 2003 through 2014.  While he was editor, the Journal Sentinel won awards in almost every major U.S. journalism contest. Columbia Journalism Review wrote that the Journal Sentinel had “one of the most acclaimed watchdog teams in the country, period. “

In 2010, he was named a Vice President of Journal Communications, the parent company of the Journal Sentinel.

Editor & Publisher magazine named Kaiser the Editor of the Year in 2009, recognizing his ability to increase investigative and enterprise reporting while developing one of the most respected newsroom cultures in the nation.  In 2011, the Milwaukee Press Club honored him with its Headliner Award for leadership in Wisconsin, only the second time a journalist had been selected in the 55-year history of the award.  He was inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Hall of Fame in 2017.

He joined the Milwaukee Journal, predecessor to the Journal Sentinel, as Managing Editor/Vice President in 1994. Before arriving in Milwaukee, Kaiser was Associate Managing Editor of the Baltimore Sun. He previously served as Executive Sports Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and in reporting and editing positions at Florida newspapers in Sarasota and Clearwater.

He is on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association Foundation.  He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University’s O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism. He is also chairman of the Colby College (Me.) Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award Board and has served three times as a Pulitzer Prize juror.

In 2010, Kaiser completed his term as president of the American Society of News Editors. During a tumultuous time, he was instrumental in refocusing the almost century old organization on a digital future, revitalizing the organization’s finances and reinstating the editors‘ annual convention.

Kaiser was honored in 2009 at the University of Georgia by being selected to give the school’s annual Ralph McGill Lecture. In 2010, Penn State University chose him to give its annual Oweida Lecture on journalism ethics.

He earned his B.A. from The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., and completed the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management Executive Program.

Steuart Pittman

Steuart Pittman, Jr.Steuart Pittman, Jr. was elected Anne Arundel County Executive after his first campaign for public office in 2018.

Born and raised on his family farm in Davidsonville, Steuart graduated from the University of Chicago and then went on to work as a community organizer in Chicago and Des Moines, Iowa. In that role, he built neighborhood organizations, confronted environmental hazards, and attracted private investment to blighted communities.

Once back home, Steuart coordinated national programs for National Low Income Housing Coalition and Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) before starting his own business as a farmer and horse trainer. He is best known in the horse industry for creating Retired Racehorse Project, an award-winning national nonprofit that is responsible for transitioning thousands of racehorses into second careers.

Steuart’s philosophy of government is both conservative and progressive. As a farmer, he worked hard against onerous regulations that had no public benefit and promoted policies to make the industry commercially viable. As a Director of the Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District, he pushed for compliance with erosion and sediment control standards to protect local waterways.

As County Executive, Steuart has pledged to make Anne Arundel County “The Best Place,” by “Putting Communities First.” His strategy is to engage communities from every sector and to practice transparency and data-driven policymaking.

Carl O. Snowden

Carl SnowdenThe Honorable Carl O. Snowden is a native Annapolitan, who was the first civil rights director for the Office of the Maryland Attorney General. He served in the administration of former Governor Parris Glendening and was a member of the cabinet of former County Executive Janet S. Owens.

Mr. Snowden served on the Annapolis City Council for three-terms. He spearhead successful capital fund campaigns to create the first and only memorial in the State of Maryland to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King and the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial. He is currently leading the effort to build a memorial to the slain Capital employees who were killed om June 28, 2018.

Mr. Snowden is the author of a newly published book entitled: ’Some people watch clocks to tell what it is. I watch people to know what time it is". The newly completed book was dedicated in memory of his late mother, Ora Snowden.

Rick Hutzell

Hutzell RickRick Hutzell is the editor of The Capital, a 2018 winner of The Pulitzer Prize and part of Baltimore Sun Media and Tribune Publishing. Over his 32-year-career at the Annapolis newspaper, he has been a columnist, editor of the historic Maryland Gazette, and was named editor of Capital Gazette in 2015. He was named the National Press Foundation Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year in 2018, and, as a member of the Capital Gazette Editorial Board, was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. He serves on the board of advisors for the Fallen Journalist Memorial Committee, the board of directors of the National Press Club Foundation and was a judge for the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes. He lives in Annapolis with his wife Chara. They have two adult children, Lilly Hutzell and Evan Hutzell.

Amy Mitchell

Amy MitchellAmy S. Mitchell is director of journalism research at Pew Research Center. She is responsible for the Center’s research related to news and information, including how the public accesses, engages with and creates news, what news organizations are providing and how technology is changing all of these elements. Signature publications include The Modern News ConsumerPolitical Polarization and Media Habits and the State of the News Media fact sheets, as well as continued studies analyzing the role of social media in news and the use of new research methods to explore emerging trends. Mitchell is an expert in research design, methods evaluation, analysis and writing. She specializes in how technology is changing the flow of news information today and the influence of political identity on news choices. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, Mitchell was a congressional research associate at the American Enterprise Institute, where she researched public policy and the relationship of the press, the public and government. She speaks frequently to national and international audiences, including government leaders, news and information providers, technology companies and fellow researchers. Mitchell also makes regular appearances in the news media to discuss the Center’s research findings.