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January 16, 2004
The Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol recently held its annual Public Affairs Officer Conference, with CAP youth members attending from around the state. Quentin Banks, chief information officer of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, presented a workshop on "Working with the Media During Emergencies." Second Lt. Sudha Kaistha of the Mount Airy Composite Squadron attended the all-day conference held in Catonsville.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
The Baltimore Police Department's new top spokesman and director of public affairs starts work today.  Jack Papp, who has 27 years experience in public relations work, takes the place of Anthony Guglielmi, who was reassigned amid a spike in violence over the summer and quietly left the agency this month. Guglielmi held been the department's chief spokesman since 2008. Papp's online resume lists more than 20 years with the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer and surface warfare officer, two years as the director of public affairs for the San Diego County Water Authority, a stint with the American Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and almost five years with Lockheed Martin.  Most recently, Papp worked for Altegrity, a global security consulting company, where his tenure overlapped with Judy Pal, the police department's chief of staff who was recruited by Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, and William Bratton, the former New York and Los Angeles police chief who has been doing consulting work for the Baltimore force.  The department's acting spokesman, Eric Kowalczyk, was recently promoted to lieutenant, which typically brings a reassignment.  #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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April 13, 2006
William Hamilton Danneberg Jr., a retired public affairs official and sailing enthusiast, died in his sleep Saturday at his Rock Hall home. He was 65. Mr. Danneberg was born in Baltimore and raised in Palmerton, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1958. After earning a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University in 1962, he went to work as a reporter for The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. From 1967 to 1968, he was director of information and publications for the Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs.
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September 9, 2013
We lost a good friend at the newspaper this week. And the public, from casual readers to those steeped in politics, lost a trusted journalist. Lou Panos, longtime Baltimore area journalist and political editor for this newspaper, died Sept. 8 of complications from heart disease. He was 87. Lou came to what was then known as Patuxent Publishing Co. in 1988 to lead political coverage in Baltimore County and Annapolis and to write a weekly column. Prior, he had already worked a full career as a reporter for the Associated Press for 20 years, 15 years with the Baltimore Evening Sun, then served as press secretary for Gov. Harry Hughes and as director of public affairs for the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | April 9, 1991
With the end of the General Assembly's 90-day session, MPT's "State Circle" brings down the curtain on its year with a special broadcast at 7:30 tonight on Channels 22 and 67."State Circle" is a model of quality, locally produced public affairs programming. For those not familiar with the show, which airs each Friday when the legislature is in session, it offers the kind of coverage of state politics that big-city, network affiliates are supposed to provide but rarely do. It's aggressive, thoughtful and fairly comprehensive.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | September 13, 2009
At 67, TV newsman Richard Sher is still irrepressible. And it is all but impossible not to get caught up in his enthusiasm. The 49-year broadcast veteran came to an interview last week to talk about his reinvention of a one-time Baltimore TV landmark, the long-running public affairs show "Square Off," and he was going to hit a talking point that he wanted to emphasize - over and over, so help him God. Near the end of the conversation, after he had...
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1999
No one knows how many people are watching, but Howard County's government cable television station is revamping its look -- with the help of a $9.50 steel clamp and a prop scavenged from an empty building.Starting with a new, 15-minute public affairs show called "Inside Howard County," which began Oct. 1, station manager Tara L. Gary and county information director Victoria Goodman are trying to update graphics and produce a line of new public affairs shows on GTV."My emphasis is on educating the public about what government does for them," Goodman said, adding: "We don't always do a good job communicating."
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August 15, 1997
EVEN THOUGH IT is located in Washington, many Baltimoreans tune into WDCU-FM at 90.1 for its superior jazz programming. Treasure every note, though. In a few months that station will go off the air. It will then reappear as an outlet for C-SPAN, which up to now has been known solely as a cable television operation that is devoted to broadcasting congressional hearings and other public affairs programs.Things could have turned out far worse. After the financially strapped University of the District of Columbia decided to sell WDCU, a commercial Christian broadcaster emerged as a likely buyer.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | January 31, 2002
Kweisi Mfume returned to Television Hill last night to tape one last edition of The Bottom Line, the WBAL-TV public affairs show that he has headlined for nine years. Executives with WBAL's corporate owner, Hearst-Argyle, were joined by talk-show host Iyanla Vanzant and others last night to toast Mfume. Over the years, his topics have ranged from presidential politics to televised wrestling, and attracted political figures, actors, comics and activists. The show's cancellation resulted from its seeming promise.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
Anita L. Madsen, a former News American reporter who later became director of public affairs for the Sheppard Pratt Health System, died July 13 of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 69. Born Anita Lewis and raised in Chicago, she worked from 1973 to 1983 with the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, including five years with the Johns Hopkins University Press. While earning a bachelor's degree in mass communications and classical studies in 1983, Ms. Madsen worked the last six months of her senior year as a full-time intern at the old News American.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
Anita L. Madsen, a former News American reporter who later became director of public affairs for the Sheppard Pratt Health System, died July 13 of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 69. Born Anita Lewis and raised in Chicago, she worked from 1973 to 1983 with the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, including five years with the Johns Hopkins University Press. While earning a bachelor's degree in mass communications and classical studies in 1983, Ms. Madsen worked the last six months of her senior year as a full-time intern at the old News American.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has hired a new chief spokeswoman. Walinda "Linda" West is now director of communications for the county. She started Monday, and will receive a salary of $120,000, officials said. West had worked with Neuman when she was CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. Neuman left that post when she was appointed in February as Anne Arundel County Executive. Before serving as communications director for the Howard County Economic Development Authority, West worked for seven years in public affairs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Special to The Aegs | March 18, 2013
T'Jae Gibson, of Abingdon, won first place in the Community Relations-Special Events category at the major command level in a U.S. Army public affairs competition. She leads the Army Research Laboratory's broadcast services area. She also serves as the public affairs office's designate for public affairs planning and project integration. A panel of eight civilian sector and government public affairs practitioners from around the country judged the competition. As a result of winning at the Army Materiel Command level, the program will compete at the Pentagon to be named a 2012 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award winner, a pinnacle achievement for Army public affairs practitioners.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Edward V.C. Nicol, a retired Social Security Administration public affairs representative who earned the name of "Mr. Meals on Wheels" for his more than three decades of volunteer work, died Jan. 13 of pneumonia at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. The longtime Rodgers Forge resident was 96. The son of Presbyterian missionaries, Edward Van Cleve Nicol was born in Minneapolis while his parents were on furlough from their mission work in Beirut. In 1918, Mr. Nicol and his family returned to Beirut, where he graduated from the American Community School in 1934.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Robert A. Makofski, a retired Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory scientist and administrator who headed Howard County General Hospital's board, died of cancer Dec. 25 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine. The former Columbia resident was 81. Born in Wanamie, Pa., he was the son of a coal mine fireman and a homemaker. "His father would not let him visit the coal mine until he had graduated college," said his wife, the former Cathy Lickteig. "His father did not want him to work in the mines.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Police commissioners have come and gone in Baltimore over the past decade - five, to be precise - but there's been one consistent face of the Police Department over the past 10 years: spokespeople Donny Moses and Nicole Monroe. On Friday, Moses and Monroe will serve their last day in the public affairs office, opting to return to street work. Moses, a longtime drug cop, will move to the warrant task force, while Monroe, a former shooting detective, will begin doing work with witnesses.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
Richard Sher's "Square Off," Baltimore's longest-running public affairs, moves to 11 a.m. Sunday on WMAR-TV's schedule. "We're excited about making the move," says Sher, "because we will no longer be competing with shows like 'Meet the Press' or 'Sunday Morning.' By 11 a.m. those shows are gone, and it's clear sailing for us -- and our audience focused on issues that matter locally. "      
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2002
The Johns Hopkins University announced yesterday that it has hired a former vice president of Enron Corp. to head its government relations and public affairs office. Linda L. Robertson, 47, will start at Hopkins on Sept. 3. She will be responsible for enhancing the ties among the university and the city, state and federal governments. She will also work with Johns Hopkins Medicine and the communities it serves. Essentially she will act as Hopkins' chief lobbyist. Robertson, an Oklahoma native, is well connected in Washington, having served almost eight years as a senior official at the U.S. Treasury Department.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Erna Segal, a writer and former Maryland Shock Trauma Center public affairs specialist who chronicled the lives and work of the center's medical staff, died Tuesday of complications from dementia at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla. The longtime Pikesville and Randallstown resident was 83. The daughter of furniture store owners, Erna Selznick was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y., where she graduated in 1947 from Curtis High School....
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
Richard Sher's "Square Off," Baltimore's longest-running public affairs, moves to 11 a.m. Sunday on WMAR-TV's schedule. "We're excited about making the move," says Sher, "because we will no longer be competing with shows like 'Meet the Press' or 'Sunday Morning.' By 11 a.m. those shows are gone, and it's clear sailing for us -- and our audience focused on issues that matter locally. "      
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