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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | November 12, 2001
Longtime WMAR news anchor Stan Stovall is being dismissed by the Baltimore station when his contract lapses at the end of December. WMAR general manager Drew Berry and news director Staci Feger-Childers would not discuss the decision other than to praise Stovall's professionalism, saying the move is a personnel matter. But the two officials acknowledge they are taking a series of steps to try to reverse the fortunes of the consistently third-rated station. "I definitely will be leaving," Stovall said late Friday.
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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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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1997
A year ago, WMAR, Channel 2, was at the bottom of Baltimore's TV news ratings heap and sinking. So new people were put in charge and given a simple mission: Make Things Better.A year later, WMAR is still at the bottom of Baltimore's ratings heap, and the ratings numbers have gotten worse. But station management insists WMAR is heading in the right direction."When you sit back and think, jeez, it's been a year, it looks like we're moving pretty slow," Vice President and General Manager Steven Gigliotti says.
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 Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | April 24, 2002
As seasons turn and stomachs churn during the May television sweeps period, hyper-friendly WJZ is preparing to claim a harder edge for its newscasts - and make changes in its news team. In promotional spots scheduled to start this weekend, the channel that has profitably traded on its anchors as personalities for decades will now advertise itself as "Baltimore's News Station." That might not seem like a seismic shift: Until recently, WJZ (Channel 13) has labeled itself "Baltimore's Favorite News Station" and "Baltimore's Favorite Station."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 17, 2009
Norm Lewis' opinion of Baltimore wasn't so great back in 1979, when he was first invited to move here and become a weatherman for one of the local TV stations. He thought it was old and dirty, a little too scruffy and a lot too beaten-up for his tastes. "But when I got here, I found this gem of a place," Lewis said Wednesday, a day after he announced his retirement after more than 30 years of forecasting the weather on Baltimore's TV airwaves. His decision to leave was not easy, Lewis says.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 5, 1992
Rod Daniels is going to have a new partner on the anchor desk starting next month.WBAL (Channel 11) said it has hired Carol Costello, a 31-year-old TV newswoman from Columbus, Ohio, to co-anchor its weeknight 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.Channel 11 News Director David Roberts declined to discuss specifics of Costello's contract, except to say, "It's a long-term deal just as Rod Daniels has a long-term deal."Industry estimates of the going rate for a new first-string anchorwoman in a market the size of Baltimore range between $160,000 and $225,000 a year.
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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.
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By SYLVIA BADGER | July 1, 1994
Tune in Channel 2 news this evening if you'd like to see news anchor Beverly Burke's last newscast on that station. Burke came to Baltimore in 1984 to replace Oprah Winfrey at Channel 13 and three years later joined Channel 2. (And what a survivor she and others at Channel 2 have had to be. I think they've had something like four owners and five news directors in that time period.)Bev's leaving to take a weekday news anchor job at KCBS-TV, in Los Angeles, the No. 2-ranked market in the country.
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