About the Center

Named for the late Washington Post sports writer and columnist Shirley Povich, the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism was established in November of 2011 under the directorship of long-time Washington Post sports editor George Solomon.

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism serves Philip Merrill College of Journalism students and professional journalists, as well as the university and greater community through its panels, workshops and support of the college’s academic offerings as well as research and analysis. Shirley Povich was an eyewitness to the most significant sporting events of the 20th century and his fearless reporting took on questions of race, religion and gender. The Povich Center hopes to lead a new generation of sports journalists to view and chronicle events in sports.

The Center is a focal point for research and analysis of the current topics in sports and sports media. The Washington-Baltimore area is one of the nation’s liveliest sports markets, offering rich and diverse first-hand opportunities for students interested in sports journalism. The Povich Center, with the Merrill College, helps prepare journalism students for these opportunities through a range of courses in sports reporting and broadcasting and in the intersection of sports and cultures. Students are also afforded the opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s leading sports journalists through classes and special events.

The Center serves as a launching pad for University of Maryland students to learn, actively participate in and develop the journalistic skills they need to meet the challenges of new media that face the next generation of sports journalists

The center was made possible by a $1 million challenge gift from Povich’s children – Maury, Lynn and David – as well as support from other involved parties.

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland is a natural broadening of the great success of the Shirley Povich Chair in Sports Journalism.

Director George Solomon, professor of the practice at the Philip Merrill College since 2003, was assistant managing editor for sports at The Washington Post from 1975-2003. Solomon was the first Shirley Povich Professor when the Povich Chair was established in 2007. He was succeeded in 2008 by columnist Kevin Blackistone, a panelist on ESPN’s “Around-the-Horn,’’ who moved to a faculty position.