Christopher Corbett, professor of the practice, was awarded the UMS Regents' Award for mentoring students at UMBC in the spring of 2008. Corbett has taught journalism at UMBC since 1990. Students Corbett has assisted are now working a variety of news organizations, including National Public Radio, The Baltimore Sun and The Annapolis Capitol.
A former news editor and reporter with The Associated Press, Corbett is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago.
The author of Vacationland, a novel about Maine, published by Viking/Penguin, Corbett's work also appears in Articles and Insights - an anthology of the best writing from The Washington Post. Corbett is also the author of Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express (Random House/Broadway Books) which is in paperback for the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express. He was the keynote speaker in the spring of 2010 at the celebration of the fast-mail service in St. Joseph, Missouri. An essay he wrote on the myth of the Pony Express appeared in The Wall Street Journal on the anniversary.
His latest book, The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West (Atlantic Monthly) has been selected an editor's pick by The New York Times Book Review.
In 1989 Corbett was awarded a fellowship in fiction by the Maryland State Arts Council. For ten years he was a nationally syndicated travel writer with Universal Press Syndicate and many of the nation's largest newspapers including the New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Since 1994, he has written The Back Page for Style magazine in Baltimore - which was the winner of the City and Regional Magazine Award for best column in 1998 and 1999. In 2007, Corbett was honored for editorial and column writing by the Society for Professional Journalists for his column in Style magazine.
In 1990 Corbett was the James Thurber Journalist-In-Residence at the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio where he also taught in the Ohio State University's journalism school. From 1990 to 1993 he was Visiting Journalist at Loyola College in Baltimore.