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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2003
Unlikely as it may sound, a subpoena to testify before a grand jury can be a badge of honor for a reporter - a sign that she's gotten the goods or angered the powers that be. Not in this case. Katie Leahan, a reporter and weekend anchor who often covers police and crime for WJZ-TV, is among those who have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury looking into the handling of a secret fund by Edward T. Norris when he was Baltimore's police commissioner. Questions have centered on Norris' use of the fund to pay for thousands of dollars in gifts, meals and trips for himself, friends and colleagues.
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NEWS
September 3, 1991
B. Denise Hawkins, formerly news director for the United Methodist News Service in Washington, is the new director of public relations at the Baltimore Urban League Inc.Hawkins is responsible for monitoring news affecting the Urban League, conducting media,community, and government relations; and developing internal and external publications.Hawkins, a Baltimore native, graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame and received jornalism degrees from Howard University and Pennsylvania State University.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | March 21, 1995
From news radio station WYNX in New York to Frasier Crane's all-talk KACL in Seattle. That's the audience flow that sitcom-hot NBC is hoping for with the premiere of "NewsRadio," starring Dave Foley and Phil Hartman, at 8:30 tonight on WBAL (Channel 11)."NewsRadio," which gets the showcase time slot between "Wings" and "Frasier," wants to be "WKRP in Cincinnati" so badly that it borrows virtually everything except the call letters.Tonight's pilot uses the same narrative that the "WKRP" pilot used: the arrival of a new and decent news director who tries to bring some sanity to the nutsiness of the beleaguered radio station.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | May 28, 2009
Longtime WMAR staffer Kelly Groft has been named the station's news director, giving her the chance to head a struggling news operation she joined a decade ago. "I'm thrilled, it's something I've wanted for a very long time," said Groft, who officially takes the job Monday. "I've never shied away from a challenge." Groft, a Harford County native who grew up near Bel Air, came to work at WMAR, Channel 2, in 1998 as a producer for the 6 p.m. news. She and her husband, Jay, a news photographer for WPMT, Channel 43, the Fox affiliate in York, live in southern Pennsylvania with their two children, Hannah, 7, and Camden, 4. Groft replaces Peggy Phillip, who spent a little less than a year as WMAR's news director after coming to Baltimore from Syracuse, N.Y. Phillip has been named news director of NBC affiliate KSHB in Kansas City, Mo. Both WMAR and KSHB are affiliates of Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps.
NEWS
July 8, 1993
Local man to direct college radio newsBrian Mark Weber, a 1987 graduate of Chesapeake High School, will take over as news director of WWLR-FM, a student-run station at Lyndon State College in Vermont, on Aug. 30.Mr. Weber, 23, of Long Point, also serves as a disc jockey for the college station, writes and edits for a campus newspaper and is president of the Lyndon Conservative Organization.The staff at WWLR elected Mr. Weber to his news post at the end of the last semester.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik | October 11, 2002
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has touched off a skirmish by inviting two cast members of The Sopranos to march in New York's Columbus Day parade on Monday without telling the parade planners. The Columbus Citizens Foundation, says the HBO mob drama perpetuates negative images of Italian Americans, and "shows Italo-Americans as uneducated, low-life brutes," says foundation president Larry Auriana. Bloomberg asked Dominic Chianese and Lorraine Bracco to join the parade because of their work for New York.
NEWS
January 27, 1998
Names in the newsNamed director: Pamela Burke of Crofton has been named director of medical management services for Senior Campus Living's retirement communities in Maryland and Michigan, and those being developed along the East Coast.Pub Date: 1/27/98
BUSINESS
October 22, 2002
Banking Advance appoints Lawson commercial lending chief Advance Bank appointed Sheila R. Lawson chief commercial lending officer. Formerly a vice president with Harbor Bank of Maryland, she is responsible for the commercial loan portfolio and for developing loan policies, products and services. A graduate of Williams College, Lawson completed her graduate work in business at the Johns Hopkins University. She is an active member of the local chapter of Links Inc. and lives in Westview Park.
BUSINESS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun television critic | November 22, 2006
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.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 22, 1995
Vic Carter, the newly named WJZ anchorman, says he knows filling Al Sanders' shoes will involve more than just sitting at an anchor desk up on Television Hill and reading the news -- especially in terms of the larger-than-life role Sanders came to play in the Baltimore community."
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