Eugene L. Roberts established the Gene Roberts Award in December 1999 to support international travel for deserving undergraduates and graduate students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Gene Roberts is a professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. He came to the college in 1991, following 18 years as the executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which won 17 Pulitzer Prizes during his editorship. He took a hiatus from his university work from 1994 to 1997 to serve as managing editor of The New York Times. In 1998, he returned to the college, where he teaches courses on writing the complex story, the press and the civil rights movement and newsroom management. He received the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism in 1993.
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