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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 1, 1993
Wait just a little bit longer.That's the word from WJZ for those viewers who have been waiting almost a year for the arrival of Sally Thorner and WJZ's new 5 o'clock weeknight newscast.The date, Dec. 1, has been circled on calendars all over town since last October when Thorner announced she was jumping WMAR's ship and signing on with WJZ to anchor a new newscast. A no-compete clause in her contract with WMAR keeps her off the air at WJZ until Dec. 1 even though her new employers are reportedly paying her $250,000.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2010
While reworking Sally Thorner's Baltimore home, a space that hadn't been touched in 20 years, designer Christopher Howarth vowed not to buy when he could inventively re-use. In room after room, he re-upholstered — three sofas, multiple armchairs, dining chairs, a headboard, a chaise. "I don't understand the need to get rid of things," the designer says. "If you already have a piece in your home, there's probably a good reason you have it there — you like it. If it works and you just want a new look," you might want to re-upholster.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 27, 1992
Sally Thorner is leaving WMAR (Channel 2) after 10 years at the anchor desk to join rival WJZ (Channel 13). It is estimated that she will be paid approximately her current salary of $250,000 a year, but the first year she will earn her salary for not being on television.In a direct assault on Channel 2, Channel 13 general manager Marcellus Alexander said yesterday that his station will launch a 5 p.m. nightly newscast with Ms. Thorner at the anchor desk when she arrives. But Ms. Thorner's contract with Channel 2 contains a no-compete clause that will keep her from joining Channel 13 until December 1993, -- one year after her contract with Channel 2 expires on Nov. 30.Mr.
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By Jill Rosen, Sun Magazine | September 12, 2010
In Sally Thorner's living room, a sprawling rattan loveseat beckons from a corner. A bit fantastical, it's a closer relative of the porch swing than the sofa in mood and purpose. With its oversized downy cushions, this piece is meant for long, lazy mornings, for losing track of time with one's husband, for unabashed relaxation. Needless to say, it's new. As an anchorwoman for 25 years, the omnipresent face of television news in Baltimore, Thorner had little time to herself. But that's all changed since she retired last year.
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By Eric Siegel | April 2, 1991
Sally Thorner, co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WMAR-TV (Channel 2), began maternity leave yesterday and will not return to the air until the end of June, a station spokeswoman said.To fill in for Ms. Thorner, weekend anchor Mary Beth Marsden will move to the 5 p.m. weeknight newscast and former WBAL-TV anchor Rudy Miller will become weekend anchor.Ms. Marsden will work alongside Stan Stovall on the early evening newscast until Ms. Thorner's return, said WMAR spokeswoman Maria Velleggia.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | January 4, 1994
The Loch Ness Monster, Loni Anderson's finances, snow-scared consumers stocking up on milk, and a story about a guy getting his nose bitten off in a bar fight in Denver.WJZ (Channel 13) management said its new "Eyewitness News at Five" with Sally Thorner wasn't going to be a hard news show.It was a curious mix of Thorner perkiness, semi-weird tabloid stories, weather, sports, "live" remotes from an editing booth in the WJZ newsroom and a jarringly uneven pace.Let's just say it was not a great launch.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,TV Critic | November 12, 1992
Mary Beth Marsden yesterday went from the relative obscurity of weekend newscasting to co-anchoring the most-watched show in all of Baltimore TV. WMAR (Channel 2) picked Marsden, 32, to replace the departing Sally Thorner as co-anchor of its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts starting Dec. 1.With the 5 o'clock news period becoming so lucrative and fiercely competitive that WJZ (Channel 13) is paying Thorner $250,000 next year to keep her off the air at Channel 2, the selection of Thorner's replacement is a major play in a high-stakes game.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | January 25, 1994
As icy weather trapped people at home this month, more viewers than expected have been sampling the local TV news competition at 5 p.m. weekdays.Three weeks after the debut of the new "Eyewitness News at Five" with anchor Sally Thorner on WJZ, Channel 13, the more established "NewsChannel 2 First at Five" broadcast of WMAR, Channel 2, leads the Nielsen ratings.From Jan. 3 to last Friday, WMAR's broadcast with anchors Stan Stovall and Mary Beth Marsden averaged a 14.6 rating/28 share. WJZ's new broadcast, with Ms. Thorner and Sandra Pinckney, averaged an 11.3 rating/19 share.
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By Mary Corey | May 12, 1991
No one could ever accuse Everett Thorner Rosenfeld of being a publicity hound.There he sleeps on a spring afternoon, curled up on a blanket in the backyard of his Brooklandville home, while his mother, WMAR-TV anchor Sally Thorner, tries everything from pacifiers to rattles to the lighthearted threat of ice cubes to arouse him for a photo session."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | January 2, 1994
Fake brick walls made of papier-mache. A surprisingly flimsy anchor desk of blond wood standing on a carpeted platform. A couch and two chairs grouped together in front of archways that open to an illusion of endless blue sky. Three huge cameras and too many hanging overhead lights to count.Welcome to the backstage world of TV news, where everything the cameras photograph is designed to look better on your TV screen than it does in real life.In this case, it's Studio A at WJZ (Channel 13)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | December 19, 2009
Sitting in her empty office off the WJZ newsroom shortly before going to the set for her last broadcast after more than a quarter of a century on Baltimore TV, Sally Thorner said she felt focused and strong. "I'm actually good today," the 54-year-old said. "There was a certain point where I was drained by all of this, but not now - now that it's actually here. I'm not promising I won't break up tonight, but I'm really feeling strong. And I have to be strong and focused on air. I really don't want to go out sloppy.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 9, 2009
After more than two decades at the Baltimore TV anchor desk, WJZ newswoman Sally Thorner says she is retiring, and her last day at the station will be Dec. 18. She came to represent local broadcast news at its best - serious, trustworthy and nonsensational, but also reassuring and friendly. Thorner, who was on the air for 10 years at WMAR before she joined WJZ in 1993 in one of the most highly publicized anchor moves in Baltimore TV history, could certainly ask the hard questions. She was an excellent reporter.
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By MICHELLE DEAL- ZIMMERMAN | August 10, 2008
Sally Thorner WJZ-TV anchor After being diagnosed with noninvasive melanoma about six years ago, Sally Thorner eagerly spreads the word about protecting skin from the sun. That's why when her dermatologist, Dr. Mona Mofid at Johns Hopkins, asked her to co-author a children's book about the dangers of sun exposure, she put on her thinking cap. "Having no experience in this field, I enlisted my incredibly creative friend Barbara Dale. Together, we came up with Franny and Freddy Get Fried," says Thorner, who is married and has a son. The book is due out this summer.
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November 5, 2003
On November 3, 2003 HELEN ALBERTA KRAUSE (nee Defibaugh) beloved wife of the late Calvin Sanders Krause; dear sister of the late Anna Louise O'Neal and Thorner Defibaugh; loving aunt of JoAnn O. Kues and her husband Frank and her children Taymen and Doran Kues. Graveside services will be held in the the Baltimore Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 7. Inquiries may be directed to the family owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc. 410-377-8300.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | September 6, 1996
Allegheny Power Co. plans to build a substation with a 65-foot wooden pole atop Parr's Ridge, the highest point between the Catoctin Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay.A Mount Airy-area citizens group won a partial victory last week in its 10-month effort to get the Hagerstown-based utility to make the substation as unobtrusive as possible to its residential neighbors and motorists on nearby Interstate 70.Frederick County's Zoning Appeals Board placed limits...
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | October 24, 1994
There's going to be a big change at the anchor desk of the five o'clock news on WJZ (Channel 13) starting tonight. Richard Sher is being brought in as Sally Thorner's permanent co-anchor on the eve of the November "sweeps" ratings period."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 9, 2009
After more than two decades at the Baltimore TV anchor desk, WJZ newswoman Sally Thorner says she is retiring, and her last day at the station will be Dec. 18. She came to represent local broadcast news at its best - serious, trustworthy and nonsensational, but also reassuring and friendly. Thorner, who was on the air for 10 years at WMAR before she joined WJZ in 1993 in one of the most highly publicized anchor moves in Baltimore TV history, could certainly ask the hard questions. She was an excellent reporter.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer Staff writer Mary Corey contributed to this article | October 28, 1992
On one hand, she's the friend you can turn to, as the ads say. On the other, she's the consultant's perfectly packaged product.Which is the real Sally Thorner?Probably both, observers say. And that mix of down-home warmth and uptown packaging may be the secret of Ms. Thorner's success. Or, more specifically, the secret to commanding $250,000 -- to not work. By switching from WMAR (Channel 2), her home of 10 years, to rival WJZ (Channel 13), Ms. Thorner not only won a new, high-paying job, but also what amounts to a paid year off from newscasting as part of a no-compete clause stipulated in her old contract.
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July 22, 1994
Longtime WJZ-TV (Channel 13) anchor and reporter Sandra Pinckney is moving to WMAR-TV (Channel 2) -- after a year's paid vacation similar to the one anchor Sally Thorner enjoyed when she jumped in the opposite direction from WMAR to WJZ.Ms. Pinckney, who joined WJZ in 1977 as a management trainee, will join co-anchor Keith Cate on the 6 p.m. broadcast in July 1995.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | January 25, 1994
As icy weather trapped people at home this month, more viewers than expected have been sampling the local TV news competition at 5 p.m. weekdays.Three weeks after the debut of the new "Eyewitness News at Five" with anchor Sally Thorner on WJZ, Channel 13, the more established "NewsChannel 2 First at Five" broadcast of WMAR, Channel 2, leads the Nielsen ratings.From Jan. 3 to last Friday, WMAR's broadcast with anchors Stan Stovall and Mary Beth Marsden averaged a 14.6 rating/28 share. WJZ's new broadcast, with Ms. Thorner and Sandra Pinckney, averaged an 11.3 rating/19 share.
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