Contributors

liamLiam Beatus

Liam is active in many different writing and broadcast medias on campus at the University of Maryland. He is the Campus Rush Maryland correspondent, a writer for The Diamondback’s Terps Watch, a football and men’s broadcaster for WMUC Sports, a baseball broadcaster for Maryland Baseball Network and a sportscaster for The Left Bench TV.

 

glen Glen Charlton

Glen Charlton is a graduate student studying broadcast journalism with a focus in sports. She received her Bachelor’s in Communications/Media Production from Salisbury University and was a member and captain of the women’s basketball team. She aspires to be a sideline reporter and create long-form video stories for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.

 

jackJack Chavez

Jack Chavez is a student at the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism. He is the father of a 1-year-old boy and lives in Bowie, Maryland. When not reporting for the college, Chavez enjoys playing drums in his band and spending time with his family. A fan of University of Maryland and Baltimore-area sports, he has aspirations to become a Major League Baseball beat writer.

 

daniel Daniel Chavkin

Daniel Chavkin is a junior multi-platform journalism major and Jewish studies minor at the University of Maryland. Last summer he interned at the Riverdale Press and is currently the opinion editor for The Mitzpeh. Daniel also writes for WMUC Sports, and has written for Profootballspot.com and The Diamondback.

 

 

faye Faye Curran

I am from Cambridge, England. I did my undergraduate degree in Sport PE and Coaching Science. I played international field hockey in the UK until coming to MD to play for the FH team last year. I chose Maryland because of its strength of both field hockey and journalism programs. Since being at Maryland I have commentated for the Big Ten StudentU and BTN2GO. I commentated the Big East in Philadelphia, and I am helping the Big Ten with Talent stats of the Big Ten field hockey tournament here in College Park. I want to pursue commentating as a profession and maybe play professional hockey in Australia for a couple of seasons before I kick off my career.

 

jojo Jojo Dominick

Caio! Yes, that is hello in Italian! Being the youngest child of a bi-racial military family, my eyes have been shaped to see this world through a lens that can closely be related to a viewfinder in focus. There is so much beauty in this world, but in order to see it, our focal point has to be shaped by our surroundings. There is always more to someone than what you see, especially an athlete  and for that reason alone, I commit myself to being a devoted visual storyteller. Although I am committed to sharing peoples stories through their eyes, I have my own home bakery on the side that I obsess over along with my fur baby, Leo!

 

Alex.jpg Alex Flum

Alex Flum is a junior broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland. He currently runs The Left Bench TV and covers and broadcasts dozens of sports at the University of Maryland for the Big Ten Network Student U Initiative and the student-run radio station WMUC Sports. In the past, he has interned for WJLA-ABC7 in Arlington, Virginia and WBOC-TV 16 in Salisbury, Maryland, and written for The Diamondback sports section.

 

joe Joe Foley

Joe Foley is a junior multi platform journalism major from Albany, New York. He loves his Mets, Giants and Knicks and is thankful everyday that his Dad didn’t force him to be a Jets fan. He has written for campus publications including WMUC Sports and Pulsefeedz, and also was a television production intern for “New York Now,” a PBS program in his hometown. He enjoys the intersection of sports, politics and pop culture.

 

George.jpg George Gerbo

George Gerbo is a native of Weirton, West Virginia, and is a 2009 alumnus of West Virginia University, where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in broadcast journalism. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland. At WVU, George was the sports director for the campus radio station, WWVU-FM (U92), and provided three years of play-by-play announcing for baseball, women’s basketball, and hockey broadcasts. In 2009, George was voted by his colleagues as U92’s “Sports Broadcaster of the Year.” Additionally at WVU, George served as sports anchor for the university’s Emmy Award-winning newscast, WVU News, and was the public address announcer for the Mountaineer men’s and women’s soccer squads. George currently lives in Washington, D.C., and has worked the last five years on Capitol Hill for the U.S. House of Representatives. He is also the co-host of The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show on the Pittsburgh Podcast Network. In his nearly non-existent spare time, George enjoys attending Pittsburgh Penguins games – he’s been a season ticket holder for the past decade – in addition to running, traveling, skiing, and playing tennis.

 

peter Peter Hailey

Peter Hailey is a senior journalism major at the University of Maryland. A Rockville, Maryland, native, Peter got into sportswriting at an early age after including SportsCenter among his morning routine — along with, and sometimes instead of, eating and homework — as an elementary schooler. He hopes to one day write about the NFL.

 

joy

 Joy Henry

Joy M. Henry was born and raised on the island of St. Thomas U.S.V.I. She is currently in her senior year at Maryland and is majoring in Multiplatform Journalism. In 2010, Joy received her Associates Degree from Montgomery College. For five years, Joy worked as a Floor Director at WUSA*9 in Washington D.C. In December 2015, Joy decided to quit her job to return to school full time. Joy has a 7-year-old daughter named Milana. When she has free time, Joy enjoys listening to music and singing. Joy is known for wearing very large earrings and she owns over 100 pairs.

 

Juan.jpg Juan Herrera

My name is Juan Herrera and I am from Hyattsville, Maryland. I am a junior multi-platform journalism major. I am currently a recruiting writer for The Left Bench, where I interview and write profiles on high school athletes. I am also a writer for WMUC Sports, where I cover the Maryland men’s soccer team. Off campus I am a contributor for The Daily DDT, a pro-wrestling blog, which is a branch of Fansided.com. I love sports and I enjoy listening to music and podcasts.

 

kyle Kyle Melnick

Kyle is a junior multiplatform journalism major and general business minor. He covers the Maryland men’s basketball and soccer teams for The Diamondback. Kyle has interned at USA TODAY and PressBox. In his free time, Kyle enjoys playing sports.

 

 

justin Justin Meyer, Editor

Justin Meyer is co-founder and editor in chief of The Left Bench, an online sports publication focusing on recruiting coverage, Maryland sports and more. He has also worked at The Columbus Dispatch and USA Today, covering everything from the Columbus Blue Jackets Developmental Camp to the championship honoring ceremonies for the Chicago Blackhawks and Alabama football at the White House. He’s originally from Columbus, Ohio, and came to Maryland for its journalism program. His greatest passion is sports, and he hopes to spend his life covering them.

 

Cameron.jpg Cameron Neimand

Cameron Neimand is a journalist from Los Angeles, California. He currently attends the University of Maryland in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. He loves the Lakers, except when he is in a press box, because there is “no cheering in the press box.”

 

 

sebastian Sebastian Obando

Sebastian Obando is a multi-platform journalism major at the University of Maryland and is from Rockville, Maryland. He has written for The Left Bench and WMUC Sports.

 

 

mia Mia O’Neill, Web Designer

Mia O’Neill holds a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and is currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism. A lifelong lover of sports and storytelling, Mia has written about soccer for D.C. United and SB Nation, and hopes to one day have a career that combines long form journalism about sports and society with fiction and other types of creative writing. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, playing soccer, drawing, skiing and spending time outdoors.

 

aniAnirudh Sridhar

Ani is a native of Potomac, Maryland, and loves the DMV area. He is a dedicated DC sports fan, meaning he has had to put up with a lot of disappointment from the Redskins, Wizards, Nationals and Capitals. His support never wavers, though. Ani would like to turn sports into a career so he can stay close to what he loves.

 

sean Sean Whooley 

Sean Whooley is a junior multi-platform journalism major at the University of Maryland. He grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a small town about 30 miles north of Boston. He grew up with a passion for sports and hopes to make a career in sports writing. He covers Maryland wrestling for The Diamondback, and also contributes to a couple of online blogs covering European soccer for one and Spanish club F.C. Barcelona for another.

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