Rookie of the Year 2019

Rookie of the year is an honor bestowed by MDDC to a new journalist who has been in the professional setting for 18 months or less and has produced exceptional work. These two episodes were recorded in Spring 2020 to showcase the 2019 Rookie of the Year nominees.


Brandon Holveck, News Journal

Brandon Holveck is a reporter for Delaware Online/The News Journal, contributing coverage of local business, breaking news, New Castle County and more. A native of Newark, Delaware, Holveck joined The News Journal in April 2019 while completing a degree in media communication at the University of Delaware.

Twitter: @holveck_brandon

Lilly Price, Capital Gazette

Lilly Price joined the Capital Gazette in 2019 and is a general assignment reporter. Previously, she was a national news intern at the USA Today and a capitol reporting intern at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Twitter: @lillyptweets

Kristen Griffith , The Enterprise

Kristen Griffith is an Education Reporter for The Enterprise in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Although education is her primary beat, she has also written about health, crime and county government. In June 2018, she received her master’s degree from American University where she studied journalism and had opportunities to work in newsrooms like The Washington Post and NPR’s local affiliate WAMU 88.5. And just before working with The Enterprise, she had a brief internship at USA Today. Before she graduated from Wesley College in Dover, Del. in 2017, she ran the school’s newspaper for three years as Editor-in-Chief and briefly worked as a freelancer for the Delaware State News.

Twitter: @kris10griffith

Olivia Sanchez, Capital Gazette

Olivia Sanchez covers government issues for the Capital Gazette. Previously, she had editorial internships at the USA Today, UNESCO and the Portland Tribune. Olivia earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Portland.

Twitter: @oliviarsanchez

Daniel Oyefusi, Baltimore Sun

Daniel Oyefusi is a Ravens and sports breaking news reporter. A 2019 Maryland graduate and Towson native, Daniel most recently interned at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and worked for Capital News Service. He also interned with TMZ Sports and The Sports Capitol, and has written for The Left Bench and The Washington Post.

Twitter: @DanielOyefusi

Talia Richman , Baltimore Sun

Talia Richman covers City Hall for The Baltimore Sun. She joined the paper in 2017 after graduating from the University of Maryland. Talia’s work has appeared in The Oregonian, USA Today and The Dallas Morning News, her hometown newspaper. For story tips and podcast recommendations, give her a call: 410-332-6012.

Twitter: @TaliRichman

Hallie Miller, Baltimore Sun

Hallie Miller is a business and health reporter at The Baltimore Sun. She joined the audience engagement team in 2018 after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as an editor for The Diamondback. She is a Maryland native but is always looking for story ideas.

Twitter: @MsHallieMiller

About this episode


Each of the rookie of the year nominees discuss what their careers have been like so thus far and how their past experienced has prepared them.


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Rebecca Snyder (host) NaTavia Williams (Podcast Intern). Original music by Ruskin Nohe-Moren.