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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 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 Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2003
George Baumann, who became one of Maryland's best-known broadcast journalists during a 38-year career at WJZ-TV, collapsed at his Timonium home from a heart attack Monday night and was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 74. Mr. Baumann had been a news reporter, co-anchor and host of the interview program Eyewitness Newsmakers, and for nearly a decade before his 1998 retirement had entertained and informed viewers with his popular "Maryland by George" features on subjects that took him across the state.
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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."
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | February 21, 2001
People at WBFF are in an all-out sprint to ready the station's new morning news program in time for its March 12 debut. Yesterday, station officials made a strong step in that direction, naming anchors and correspondents. Harold Fisher, until recently an evening anchor on the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, Mo., will be teamed up with Jennifer DesMarais, a reporter and anchor for a cable news channel in Tampa, Fla. The show will be called "Fox 45 Morning News." Nina Edwards, a reporter who has carried out free-lance assignments for the station for the past several months, has been tapped as a full-time correspondent for the morning program.
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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 Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | July 4, 1995
Charley Eckman has called his last cab.The former sportscaster, referee, National Basketball Association coach and raconteur whose trademark "call a cab" and tell-it-like-it-is views endeared him to Baltimore sports fans for 40 years, died yesterday of cancer at his Glen Burnie home. He was 73.Mr. Eckman was known for his rubbery-faced, cigar-waving, iconoclastic antics delivered in a raspy-voiced style that sometimes was short on correct grammatical usage. He was credited with using an expression so often that it quickly became a cliche.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 21, 1996
WMAR, Channel 2, is bringing a not-so-old friend back to Baltimore to replace the departing Ken Phillips on its noon and 5 p.m. news broadcasts. Veronica Johnson, who spent two years at WBFF, Channel 45, will debut on WMAR at noon tomorrow.Johnson began her career on the Weather Channel. She followed that stint with two years at WBFF before becoming the weekend weather person at WABC-TV in New York in April 1993.Johnson will have a tough act to live up to in replacing Phillips, who has been at WMAR since coming to Baltimore in 1979 and has become a familiar face in the community.
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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.
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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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