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Pulliam Prof. Miranda Spivack Discusses Bethesda's Future on Radio Program

Pulliam Prof. Miranda Spivack Discusses Bethesda's Future on Radio Program

August 22, 2017

Miranda S. Spivack, a veteran journalist who is the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, today discussed how Marriott's plans to move its headquarters to downtown Bethesda, Maryland could impact that city on WAMU. The public radio station serves the greater Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia metropolitan area. When she's not in Greencastle teaching at DePauw, Spivack is a resident of Bethesda.

The hotel company's headquarters, where 3,500 employees work, are currently located in an office park in suburban Bethesda. A summary of today's program refers to Bethesda's "quickly-changing urban center. It's a central component of Bethesda's increasingly fast evolution from a residential, suburban town to something that more closely resembles a city."

Spivack wrotes about Bethesda's renaissance in the New York Times in May.

Hear today's complete discussion here; a snippet of the program is embedded below.


Spivack has been a working journalist for four decades and spent nearly 20 years at the Washington Post as an editor and reporter. She was recently announced as a recipient of the Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her work on behalf of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Presented by SPJ's Board of Directors and Freedom of Information Committee, the Sunshine Awards "honor people or organizations each year for their notable contributions to open government."

Spivack's work resulted in reports that were published in major newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today. The professor was awarded a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to support her work on the series of articles.

In June, New York's Newsday published Spivack's article on Indiana's voter ID law.

Source: WAMU-FM/Washington, D.C.