|ABOUT THIS SITE|
Evan J. Berkowitz
is a designer, reporter, editor and art critic, currently working at New England Newspapers Inc. in Pittsfield, Mass. He graduated in 2018 from the University of Maryland, where he was named Outstanding Multimedia News Senior for his journalism class and served as design editor of The Diamondback, Maryland's award-winning independent student newspaper.
A national finalist and regional winner in SPJ competition for his work with Maryland's Capital News Service — and a regional finalist with The Diamondback — Evan drove style updates in print and online at both outlets. After being hired as a Diamondback designer when the paper was still a daily, he helped shepherd its transition to a weekly print product as design editor beginning in his sophomore year. The Diamondback's print product as a whole received the SPJ's Region 2 award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper during his second year as design editor.
In Summer 2017, he worked as a designer and reporter for the Alexandria Times, contributing to work that earned two third place presentation awards from the Virginia Press Association. While at the Alexandria Times, helped cover the Congressional Baseball Shooting and its aftermath in the city.
As an intern, he wrote, edited and designed at Washington Life Magazine, a society glossy where he wrote the May 2015 cover feature, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. He has freelanced for the Smithsonian Institution and completed extensive coursework in art history at Maryland, being named a finalist in the 2016 D.C. Student Arts Journalism Challenge for criticism with The Diamondback. Through CNS, his arts writing has appeared in the Montgomery County (Md.) Sentinel and The Frederick (Md.) News-Post.
Born and raised outside Boston, Evan began his journalism career with a twice-weekly handwritten middle school paper whose circulation never quite reached double digits. In addition to work on his high school paper, he became the first teen-aged blogger for a lifestyle site aimed at teens' parents. He also contributed to the Boston Globe's now-defunct "Green Blog" environmental vertical while in high school. He relocated after college to Pittsfield, on the Western edge of the state in its beautiful Berkshires region, a nationally-renowned cultural center. He now designs full-time for The Berkshire Eagle, a newly re-independent paper covering the entire county as well as southern Vermont through a trio of sister newspapers, the Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal.
His art historical interests lie primarily with French art, specifically the Realists, though his undergraduate colloquium dealt with Paul Gauguin and the Symbolists. Other hobbies include trains, model railroading, maps and geography. An avid and oft-disappointed Maryland fan, he also supports the Red Sox and the collegiate summer league Pittsfield Suns.
Photo by Chris Keosian