Katherine Day Slevin and her children -- Peter Slevin, Jonathan Slevin, Michael Slevin and Ann Peck -- created the Joseph R. Slevin Award in December 2005 to help students in the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism obtain full-time summer internships in political or economic reporting.
Joseph Raymond Slevin graduated from Yale University in 1939 with a degree in government. In 1942, he obtained a master's degree in history and political science from the University of Nebraska. Prior to entering Navy service during World War II, he began his pursuit of a doctorate degree in political science at the University of Illinois. After serving in the military he began a long and distinguished career in journalism. During his lifetime he worked for the Journal of Commerce and the New York Herald-Tribune and contributed to the Financial Times of London and the New York Times. He held numerous editorial posts at various publications and spent nineteen years writing a widely-syndicated column covering economics. In addition, he published the Washington Bond Report, a newsletter that covered economic and monetary policy. During his career, Mr. Slevin served a one-year term as president of the National Press Cub and also served as president of the National Press Foundation. The Joseph R. Slevin Award Fund recognizes Mr. Slevin's dedicated service to the field of journalism and his passion for economic and financial reporting.