Marissa Lang

Marissa has always been a journalist; she just didn't know it. When she was 10, Marissa was invited to interview the police commissioner of New York City after she chased him down the hall, demanding a better answer to a question asked during a school assembly. At the University of Maryland, she discovered her passion for the craft. She co-founded and led a monthly bilingual paper for the Latino university community, and worked her way up the campus daily's masthead to editor in chief. She led that paper, The Diamondback, to being named the best all-around daily college newspaper in SPJ's Region 2. Marissa has had summer internships at the New York Post, Sacramento Bee and Boston Globe. She now works as a member of the Tampa Bay Times breaking news team in Tampa, Fla.