Sun Delegation

Ombudsman

January 31, 1993|By ERNEST F. IMHOFF

When John W. Frece came to cover Annapolis politics in 1978, "I didn't know Steny Hoyer from Blair Lee from Bill Burch and never heard of Harry R. Hughes."

Fifteen General Assemblies later, the reserved Mr. Frece may some days wish he could depart the State House hothouse and sail his 25-foot boat, Hunky Dory, into the Chesapeake Bay winter.

Yet, he still delights in the perpetual motion machine of politics. "What I like the most is that the legislature changes every year. The players change positions, the issues change, the politics change."

Since 1978, The Sun's Annapolis bureau chief has covered every state election and General Assembly and most big fights. He and editor Eileen M. Canzian will work with three State House Sun reporters, five county reporters and a photographer through April 12.

Kathryn A. Christensen, managing editor, said the Sun team will operate more flexibly this year. "John will slide people around more during the session to cover the House, Senate and governor. It puts a lot of accountability on our people making choices. We won't let the noise decide what's important."

Team members are as follows:

Legislative editor Canzian, 37, of Charles Village, Baltimore; born and raised in Pittsburgh area; journalism degrees from Lehigh University, Columbia University; 13 years at The Sun, mostly writing on child welfare issues such as foster care, juvenile delinquency; loves to spend time with 5-year-old twin daughters, preparing northern Italian dishes.

Mr. Frece, 45, of Annapolis, born and raised in northern Virginia; College of William and Mary; U.S. Army lieutenant for two years; former managing editor, the Reston (Va.) Times; Maryland State House Bureau chief, UPI 1978-84; bureau chief for The Sun covering Assembly, governor, politics since 1984.

Marina F. Sarris, 32, of Annapolis, is reporting her third General Assembly; born in Washington, grew up in Arlington, Va.; bachelor's and master's degrees in English from University of Virginia; eight years at The Evening Sun/Sun covering Howard and Anne Arundel counties and State House; gardens and reads.

A. Michael Hill, 42, of Baltimore, has not covered the Assembly but knows acting after 14 years as Evening Sun TV critic; born and grew up in Atlanta; Johns Hopkins University; reported for Fredericksburg (Va.) Star, then last 19 years here, most as TV critic; also covered metro counties and Baltimore, features; runner turned biathlon man (bike and run).

Thomas M. Bowman, 37, of Washington, has been covering Maryland delegation in Congress; grew up in Boston; degrees at St. Michael's College, Boston College; worked on papers in Quincy and Dedham, Mass. and State's News Service in Washington; six years at The Sun; skis, runs, hikes, reads history and biography.

Photographer: Barbara M. Haddock, 35, of Fulton, Howard county, has shot the assembly since 1986; born and grew up in Chester, Pa.; degrees from Wheeling Jesuit College and Ohio University; worked for Parkersburg (W. Va.) News, then Sun intern and photographer for past eight and a half years.

Anne Arundel: John A. Morris, 30, of Glyndon; born in D.C., grew up in Columbia; University of Virginia; edited family-owned Charles county paper before coming to Sun five years ago; reported in Carroll county, then Arundel, on environment, planning, government; interests, basketball to science fiction.

Carroll county: Kerry R. O'Rourke and Gregory E. Tasker sharing beat. Ms. O'Rourke, 30, of Owings Mills; born and raised in Danville, Ill.; Indiana University and Columbia College in Chicago degrees; wrote for Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pa. and The Record, Louisville, before coming here 3 years ago; plays volleyball, tennis.

Mr. Tasker, 31, of Emmitsburg; born and grew up in Michigan; Ohio University, Sangamon State University degrees; intern for Chicago Sun-Times, wrote for Sunbury, Pa., Harrisburg papers before joining Sun two and a half years ago; is re-learning French, bicycles, runs, plays tennis.

Harford county: Carol L. Bowers, 32, born, grew up and lives in Towson; University of Maryland journalism; AP wire service reporter and hospital public relations before coming to Sun four years ago; has covered education and government; hobbies: mystery fiction, the beach, chocolate, a 66-teddy bear zoo.

Howard county: Frank D. Langfitt, 28, of Federal Hill, Baltimore; born and raised in Philadelphia; Princeton University; before joining Sun in September, covered Appalachian coal fields, child sex abuse problems, other stories for Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; wrote for Philadelphia Inquirer in the late 1980's; plays guitar, wind surfer.

Ernest Imhoff is readers' representative for The Baltimore Sun.

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