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I'm a veteran journalist with a special interest in history as it affects the present. Most of my career has been at the Washington Post as a reporter and editor. I've written two books about Maryland and the Chesapeake and many articles for national and regional magazines. "Meyer is our own Marco Polo," said the Baltimore Sun.


Grew up in the New York City suburbs, in a house of 25,000 used books, graduated from Columbia College, have worked for three newspapers, and authored two books. Much of my writing is closely tied to my love of history.  I also seek to provide readers with a sense of place about where they live, work or travel. I like backroads and forgotten places, but I also find satisfaction in writing about dynamic change in cities and suburbs. My freelance writing - since I took a buyout from the Washington Post in January 2004 - has flowed naturally from these interests.

Birth Place: Manhattan, NY US

Accomplishments: Work cited in 2010 by the International Regional Magazine Association and in 2009 by National Association of Real Estate Editors and Society of Professional Journalists, DC Chapter.
Received Rockower Award for investigative journalism in 2008 for co-authored series on Jewish clergy sexual abuse.
Meyer's "Hidden Maryland" column appearing in Maryland Life magazine won the Gold Award for best column from the International Regional Magazine Association in 2007. Washington Independent Writers awarded him its top prize for reported non-fiction in 2006. Meyer's work was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has been cited for excellence by the American Bar Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, and the National Association of Home Builders, among others. Received top Front Page awards from the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild for commentary in 1996 and for local news reporting for 1995 and 1999. Received several citations from Society of Professional Journalists, also from the International Regional Magazine Association for articles appearing in Chesapeake Bay Magazine. The Prince George's County, Md. Historical Society bestowed St. George's Day Award in 1999. James Thurber Journalist-in-Residence at Ohio State University in 1990-1991.


Chesapeake Country - Second Edition by Eugene L. Meyer
the classic book on the Chesapeake Bay, now updated and revised....

Price: $34.95 (eBook)

Chesapeake Country by Eugene L. Meyer
Handsomely photographed and authoritatively written, Chesapeake Country takes the reader through the varied wildlife, the towns forgotten by time, and the spectacular vistas, all within an easy drive from the Atlantic seaboard's megalopolis. Now in its fifth printing....  Barnes &  Politics and Prose 

Chesapeake Country - Second Edition by Eugene L. Meyer
The classic photo book on one of America's most picturesque destinations, revised and updated...

Price: $34.95 (eBook)  Politics & Prose  Abbeville Press

Maryland Lost and Found...Again by Eugene L. Meyer
Award-winning journalist Eugene L. Meyer directs a tour across the "Free State" that is part love letter, part oral history, part obituary. He explores what makes Maryland special, the people who make it unique, and the places and livelihoods that have vanished over the years. The whole of the American experience is found within the state's borders and between the covers of this book--megalopolis,...  Barnes &    Schiffer Books


On a Postindustrial Potomac, an Old Plant Gives Way
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Polluting Potomac River power plant to shut down. Promises of things to come. ...

How to Find a Second Home Bargain
 by Eugene L. Meyer
For boomers with disposable income, now may well be a good time to buy....

International Competition - July/Aug 2010 Md Life
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Read about Maryland Table Tennis Center in July-August 2010 issue of Maryland Life - where world champions teach the young to be the champions of tomorrow. ...

Whatever Happened To...
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Hit-and-Run Victim Sarah Pedersen?...

A Burning Legacy
 by Eugene L. Meyer
My take on abolitionist John Brown, from the History Channel Club magazine and on-line....

DC Area Primps as Northrop Grumman Shops for New Home-NYTimes 2/24/10
 by Eugene L. Meyer
The announcement last month that Northrop Grumman would move its headquarters to the Washington area after 72 years in Los Angeles has set off a feverish competition among local governments to land th...

Where Clackety-Clack is Lullaby of Choice - NYTimes 10/30/09
 by Eugene L. Meyer
THE Station Inn here in western Pennsylvania is utterly lacking in amenities. There’s no air-conditioning, no television of any kind, no in-room phones. Nor is there a fitness center, a Jacuzzi, a sau...

Fact-Finding & Truth-Seeking, Nov. 09 Columbia College Today
 by Eugene L. Meyer
American Radical: The Life and Times of I. F. Stone (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $35). Fact-finding and Truth-seeking. D.D. Guttenplan ’78’s take on I.F. Stone and himself. And myy take on the author a...

A Chesapeake Bay Enclave With Ties to a Snub-NYTimes 9/4/09
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Highland Beach, Md., an enclave of tranquility on the Chesapeake for black Americans...

Keeping Patients With Dementia at Home-AARP Bulletin, 9/1/09
 by Eugene L. Meyer
• A Johns Hopkins study is trying to measure whether professional assistance can prevent or delay placing people with dementia in a nursing home. • Participants are given advice about resources to...

Us vs. Them - Bethesda, July-Aug 2009
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Montgomery (Md.) and Fairfax (Va.) counties are next-door neighbors and strikingly similar demographically. so how come many local residents can imagine living across the river?...

A Resort Downriver from Washington-NYTimes 6/23/09
 by Eugene L. Meyer
OXON HILL, Md. — For decades, a manmade cove on the eastern bank of the Potomac River just downstream from the nation’s capital was the focus of ambitious development plans, but repeatedly the dreams ...

From Defendant to Defender
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Bernardine Dohrn: A ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive turns youth advocate, but the past doesn’t go away. Youth Today, May 2009...

SQUARE FEET; A Dose of Art and Entertainment Revives a Suburb
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Washington's earliest suburban shopping district undergoes remarkable revival. New York Times, June 13,2007...

Consolidation for Homeland Security, Headaches for Preservationists
 by Eugene L. Meyer
The federal government is about to undertake what the General Services Administration calls the largest public building project since construction of the Pentagon during World War II: consolidating th...

looking for hope, harmony, and goodwill - Maryland Life
 by Eugene L. Meyer
couldn't we all use a little hope, harmony, and goodwill? Lord knows these are trying times. Times of war, global warming, economic recession--and who knows what else lurks in the future to challenge ...

Equal but Separate?
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Why kids self-segregate in high school.- Bethesda Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2008...

F.D.A. Fills a Vacuum, in a Big Way--NYTimes 2/25/09
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Outside Washington, a $1.15 Billion Consolidation at a Former Naval Site....

Canadian Club
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Potomac's Place for Scotch, Rocks, and Good-Natured Jocks -- Maryland Life, Januay/February 2009...

postcards? perfect!
 by Eugene L. Meyer
when you care enough to send the very best...

the unknown soldier
 by Eugene L. Meyer
remembering the great war's final fallen. - Maryland Life, Nov-Dec 2008...

A Shopping Nexus Outside Washington Plots a Future as an Urban Center
 by Eugene L. Meyer
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — This intersection in Fairfax County is a mecca for shoppers: it is the Washington region’s largest retail center, with 5.9 million square feet of shopping, and it includes the cou...

Rituals-That Not-so-Lonesome Whistle
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Riding--and watching--trains are the pasttime over which the author and his 14-year old son bond. NYTimes 10/1008...

In the Chesapeake, a Place Apart
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Havens - Smith Island, Md. - New York Times, Sept. 26, 2008...

In Washington's NoMa, a Trendy Name and High Hopes
 by Eugene L. Meyer
A decade ago, NoMa, a stretch of the nation’s capital north of Massachusetts Avenue, was nowhere. Today, although still a work in progress, it’s Washington’s newest and hottest commercial neighborhood...


Bookls Alive! 2015 - Washington Writers Conference
 by Eugene L. Meyer
I will be introducing keynote speaker and best-selling author John Feinstein at the Books Alive! conference on April 25 at the Bethesda, Md. Marriott....

By the People: The Rise of Citizen Journalism
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Citizen journalism in foreign lands presents challenges and opportunities. In countries with repressive regimes, the challenges are especially daunting....

Eugene L. Meyer Wins Top Award from Regional Magazine Association:
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Journalist Eugene L. Meyer has won the top Gold prize in the culture category from the International Regional Magazine Association. The prize was awarded for a feature on curling in the Maryland D.C. ...

Eugene L. Meyer wins awards for Maryland columns and feature
 by Eugene L. Meyer
For the second time in three years, Meyer's work has won recognition from the International Regional Magazine Association....

Eugene L. Meyer's Work Cited by Two Writers Groups
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Eugene L. Meyer won citations this month from the Society of Professional Journalists, for a magazine article about self-segregation in public schools, and from the National Association of Real Estate...

Eugene L. Meyer Wins Award for Series on Clergy Sexual Abuse
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Honor bestowed by American Jewish Press Association...

Eugene L. Meyer Wins Gold Award for Travel Column
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Maryland Life writer is cited for "fascinating" columns and "distinctive voice" by International Regional Magazine Association....

Eugene L. Meyer Re-Elected to Writers Board, To Speak at Writers Conference
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Meyer re-elected to WIW Board, will speak at Chesapeake writers conference....

Meyer Wins 2006 Washington Writing Prize
 by Eugene L. Meyer
Eugene L. Meyer wins Washington Indepedent Writers 2006 top prize for reported non-fiction....


Chesapeake Country - Second Edition 3/16/2015
I will be talking about covering the Chesapeake and about my new book, an updated edition of "Chesapeake Country," initially published in 1990 by Abbeville Press....


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Bethesda Magazine
I am a contributing editor for Bethesda Magazine. I was a regular contributor and columnist for Maryland Life magazine--until it folded in July 2013

Schiffer Books
My book "Maryland Lost and Found...Again" is now being sold and distributed by this publisher. Currently in print: 2003 edition.

Abbeville Press
Chesapeake Country, originally published in 1990, sold out five printings and more than 32,000 copies. A Second Edition with updates is scheduled for March 2014 publication.

Additional information

"Maryland Lost and Found...Again," published by Woodholme House (Baltimore) in May 2000 and reissued in 2003 by Tidewater Publishers, is an expanded, updated and illustrated paperback edition of "Maryland Lost and Found: People and Places from Chesapeake to Appalachia" (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986). My second book, "Chesapeake Country," was published in 1990 by Abbeville Press (New York) and has had five printings. Articles have appeared in AARP, Bethesda, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Family Circle, National Geographic Traveler, Men's Journal Parents, Preservation, Chesapeake Travel & Leisure, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Boston, Philadelphia, US News & World Report, Washingtonian, Washington Post Magazine, Planning, Washington History, and other many other publications. I have authored three reports for the Center for International Media Assistance.

Contact Information

Fax: 240-331-5877
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