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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 5, 1996
David Roberts, who led WBAL News in a remarkable turnaround from worst to a contender for first place in ratings, is leaving the station to become news director at WXIA-TV in Atlanta.Roberts, 39, will be the first African-American news director for a network affiliate in Atlanta television history when he joins WXIA on Jan. 21. He took over the newsroom at WBAL in 1992."The fact that I'm African-American and the fact that I'm going to be the first are definitely significant," Roberts said yesterday.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 19, 1998
ABC News has done such a "horrendous" job of covering major events in Washington and Baghdad this week that the network apologized to its affiliates, according to a message sent to news directors at stations affiliated with ABC.Chuck Samuels, news director at WOKR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., contacted his colleagues at other ABC stations in the northeast late Thursday after talking with network news officials in his capacity as a member of...
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | July 18, 2001
WMAR-TV news director Staci Feger-Childers is naturally buoyant, and while she's doing rapid-fire run-through of the day's stories, she is trying very, very hard to sit still. Her station doesn't have that luxury. Feger-Childers, 34, came to Baltimore six months ago, and she's been taking stock ever since. Here's what she sees: a station whose newscasts are mired at the bottom of the Baltimore market. WMAR has an experienced and capable staff that's been demoralized by a series of short-lived, low-impact news directors.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2011
Oprah Winfrey is one great storyteller. So let her set the stage for the story of her years in Baltimore - seven and a half years starting in 1976 that would profoundly shape not only the life of the young anchorwoman, but also give birth to the media phenomenon known as Oprah. "I came to Baltimore when I was 22 years old. Drove my red Cutlass up from Nashville, Tenn., arrived and was as close to 'The Beverly Hillbillies' as I could be," Winfrey says in that rich, inviting voice that millions have tuned in to for decades.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | February 14, 2001
After more than four years in Baltimore, WJZ reporter Kathy Fowler was fired by the station earlier this month, to the surprise and dismay of colleagues. Fowler was one of the few journalists at the station who reveled in shaking loose new elements of stories that sparked strong public interest. "I just was astounded that they would let her go," said Mindy Basara, a reporter at rival WBAL. "She's a great reporter, aggressive, with a hard-news take on stories. I was never happy to see her on a story I was covering, because that meant the competition was there."
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | February 28, 2001
If crowing rights in the local television world are to be had after February yields to March, they'll likely belong to WBAL (Channel 11). The NBC affiliate appears to have edged longtime Baltimore favorite WJZ (Channel 13) for top ratings of news shows at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m., considered the marquee events. That's the first time in a very long time - more than a decade - that a station other than WJZ has swept the evening and late night newscasts two ratings periods in a row. Let me say from the outset that I loathe the ratings period, which fosters increasingly elaborate explanations from TV types about how good their ratings are - no matter what the numbers say. You can find less spin in a laundromat.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | April 24, 2008
Listen to your body. Get a doctor you really like and trust. Stop smoking. Jayne Miller smiles and laughs at her newfound mantras, truisms she's learned the hard way during the past two months. Hers is a good, hearty laugh, one that betrays not a hint of anything wrong - she neither looks nor sounds like a woman still recovering from brain surgery. Sitting on a picnic bench outside WBAL's TV Hill studios on a warm April afternoon, she seems as energetic and straightforward as ever, every inch the hard-driving investigative reporter who has been chasing after lying pols and corrupt businessmen for nearly three decades.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | October 11, 1996
LONDON -- It's the telephone call that can freeze an entire news room: The Irish Republican Army is on the line.But how is a journalist supposed to know it's really the IRA?The caller utters a recognized code, known to media and police. It confirms that the IRA is going to do something terrifying, or take responsibility for something that's already happened.The IRA holds no press conferences.Its unique form of terrorist confirmation was put into play again after Monday's double car bomb attack on Northern Ireland's most heavily secured area, the British army headquarters in Lisburn.
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By Robert Hilson and Eric Siegel and Robert Hilson and Eric Siegel,Staff Writers Staff writer Sheridan Lyons contributed to this article | October 1, 1992
Alfred Jerome Stewart, a morning drive-time personality for gospel radio station WWIN-AM, was shot to death late last night in what city police said appeared to be a drug-related slaying.Mr. Stewart, 51, of the 8700 block of Mary Lane in Jessup, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the back beside his Mercedes-Benz just south of Clifton Park.Police were summoned there -- at a corner of Cliftview Avenue and Harford Road -- at 11:25 p.m. by reports of a shooting. Mr. Stewart was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene 12 minutes later, police said.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2004
Two anchors from WBAL-TV are leaving their jobs, part of a series of unrelated shifts at the top-rated Baltimore news station. Morning news anchor Marilyn Getas will be replaced by Mindy Basara, a reporter and weekend morning anchor who has been with WBAL-TV since 1998. Absent the opportunity to move into a more prominent anchor slot here, Getas said she would have preferred to stay in her current job. But she could not come to terms with the station on a new contract. Her final day is June 4, and she is pursuing other television news jobs.
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