Miranda Spivack

Reporter at The Washington Post

Location
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Industry
Newspapers

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Miranda Spivack's Summary

Journalist for nearly four decades, specializing in government, politics, accountability stories and features.

I have extensive experience writing and editing magazine-style pieces and shorter, newsy stories. Until October 2013, I was the government/politics reporter in the Prince George’s County bureau of The Washington Post, specializing in stories about government accountability and politics, growth and regulation. Previously, I wrote about land use and politics in Montgomery and Howard counties, and before that was the founding editor of Prince George's Extra. My stories, and stories I edited, led to changes in the way government conducts its work, including regulation and oversight of development, campaign finance, the environment and public safety. I have extensive experience as an editor and manager at The Post and at The Gazette Newspapers, a Post subsidiary, where I managed a 50-person news operation. I led reporting teams at both news organizations that won awards for stories. As a reporter, I have won numerous individual awards. Previously, I worked as a Washington correspondent for The Hartford Courant. I also managed large projects for The Post, including editing community resource guides for nine jurisdictions. In Aug. 2014, I was named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster, qualifying me to teach journalism overseas and work with NGOS/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/miranda-spivack

Miranda Spivack's Experience

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; WPO; Newspapers industry

August 2004October 2013 (9 years 3 months)

Reporter on suburban government and politics; accountability reporting; feature writing (2004-2013)

Editor, Prince George's Extra

The Washington Post

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; WPO; Newspapers industry

November 1998August 2004 (5 years 10 months)

Founding editor of a 36-page tabloid weekly that the Post began in Prince George's County, a majority-minority community that is one of the largest in the Washington region. The goal was to step up reporting on the community, which we accomplished. The Post used the template I established and replicated it in several other communities in the Washington suburbs, also in need of more intensive coverage. The Prince George's Extra won several awards during the time I served as editor. We had a very energetic and creative staff of about 12 reporters, who also worked for the daily paper. I also worked closely with layout and copy editors, and photographers, and managed for two years publication of community guides for the jurisdictions served by the Extras.

Deputy Editor

Gazette Newspapers, Inc.

Newspapers industry

March 1994November 1998 (4 years 9 months) Gaithersburg, Md.

As deputy editor, I was in charge of running the daily and weekly news operation for more than a dozen jurisdictions in Montgomery County, and later, Prince George's County, Maryland. The goal of the Gazettes is to produce detailed local stories about communities, their schools, their businesses, their non-profits, their leader and their unsung heroes. We also did a lot of accountability journalism about state and local government, and related institutions. During my tenure, the Gazette Newspapers won several awards for its coverage, both hard-hitting, and features. My position involved trying to knit together a newsroom that had been used to operating in silos, and to try to find common themes and stories that reporters and editors could work on together. We also stepped up our coverage of Annapolis, the state capital. There were more than 50 people, editors, reporters, photographers, designers, and copy editors in the news operation. The Gazettes, then and now, are part of The Washington Post Company.

Washington correspondent

The Hartford Courant

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; TRB; Newspapers industry

August 1983July 1993 (10 years) Washington, D.C.

Covered New England and national politics; defense department, legal issues, Congress, Supreme Court of the United States in a three-person Washington bureau

Miranda Spivack's Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Specialist Roster

    Fulbright program
    • August 2014

    I was named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster, qualifying me to teach journalism outside of the US and to work with NGOs.

  • First Place, Local Government Reporting, Maryland, Delaware, DC Press Association 2013

    Maryland, DC, Delaware Press Associaiton
    • May 2013

    First Place, Local Government Reporting, for stories on a reclusive billionaire's effort to gain a sewer connection for his own art museum; a story on a previously secret out-of-court settlement for about half a million dollars, paid by Prince George's taxpayers after Jack Johnson, county executive was convicted on corruption charges; a story about an auditor who was ousted with pressure from a top politician, despite finding problems with the auditor's agency, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning

  • Honorable Mention, Front Page Awards

    Washington Baltimore Newspaper Guild
    • May 2013

    Honored for a story about Christa Beverly, who is suffering from dementia. She is the wife of Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker (D). The story discussed how the family was coping, having realized the father's dream to be county executive but watching the mother, a civil rights lawyer, slip away.

  • Various awards and honors

    As deputy editor, Gazette Newspapers, (1994-98) I directed coverage that won awards from Suburban Newspapers of America and the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association for investigative stories about police disability abuses in Montgomery County; state and local politics; and community features
    As a Washington correspondent, The Hartford Courant (1983-93) I won awards from UPI, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Women’s Political Caucus.
    Ford Foundation Fellow: Yale Law School (Sept. 1977-May 1978)

Miranda Spivack's Languages

  • French

  • Learning Spanish

Miranda Spivack's Skills & Expertise

  1. Journalism
  2. Editing
  3. Writing
  4. Books
  5. Research
  6. News Writing
  7. Copy Editing
  8. Digital Media
  9. Editorial
  10. Online Journalism
  11. Publications
  12. Press Releases
  13. Investigative Reporting
  14. Breaking News
  15. Blogging
  16. Creative Writing
  17. Interviews
  18. Feature Articles
  19. Proofreading
  20. Web Content
  21. Media Relations
  22. Newsletters
  23. Speech Writing
  24. Copywriting
  25. AP Style
  26. Magazines
  27. Storytelling
  28. Content Development
  29. Online Publishing
  30. Headline Writing
  31. Politics
  32. Social Media
  33. Newspapers
  34. New Media
  35. Strategic Communications
  36. Public Relations
  37. Publicity
  38. Publishing
  39. Fact-checking
  40. Content Management
  41. Multimedia
  42. Facebook
  43. Social Networking
  44. Newspaper
  45. Content Strategy
  46. Nonprofits
  47. Freelance Writing
  48. Digital Journalism
  49. Travel Writing
  50. Web Editing

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Miranda Spivack's Education

Sarah Lawrence College

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Yale Law School

Master of Studies in Law, Ford Foundation Fellowship, Law

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