Lucy Dalglish became the Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2012. From 2000 to 2012, she was executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Prior to that, she was a trial lawyer at the Minneapolis-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, specializing in media law. She worked as a reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1980 to 1993.
Dalglish was awarded the Kiplinger Award by the National Press Foundation in 2012 for her service to journalism. In September 2015, she was named a Fellow of the Society by the Society of Professional Journalists, which also awarded her the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists, in 1995. A year later, she was one of 24 journalists, lawyers, lawmakers, educators, researchers, librarians and historians inducted into the charter class of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.
Dalglish graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism, followed by a Master's of Studies in Law degree from Yale law School. She holds a juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.