WMAR-TV's general manager leaving to teach at Hampton U.

November 22, 2006|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Sun television critic

Drew Berry, general manager and vice president of WMAR-TV (Channel 2), will leave the station Dec. 1 to join the faculty of Hampton University in Virginia.

The 50-year-old executive has been at WMAR since 1997. He was news director and station manager before assuming his current duties in 2000.

Neither a successor nor interim manager has been named by the E.W. Scripps Co., which owns the Baltimore ABC affiliate.

"I have some mixed emotions about leaving," Berry said yesterday after meeting with station employees to announce his departure. "It's just been a great experience for me, and nine years is a long time to be anywhere in this business."

He will be teaching at the Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication. The journalism school is the result of a 10-year, $10 million partnership between the Scripps Howard Foundation and the historically black university.

Berry has been a guest faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a media training center and think tank in Florida. He taught part time at Hampton in 2005.

Berry came to WMAR in 1997 from WFAA-TV in Dallas, where he was an assistant news director.

david.zurawik@baltsun.com

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