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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
In the wake of Howard County Police saying definitively Wednesday that there was no "domestic" motive for the Columbia Mall shooting in January that left three people dead, WBAL apologized for its reporting on the story. Most of that bad reporting came from John Patti, an anchor and reporter at WBAL Radio. His erroneous reports were also carried on WBAL-TV. “Columbia Mall shooting domestic. Former boyfriend of Zumiez clerk shot her and new boyfriend also an employee of store," Patti tweeted on Jan. 25. Patti reported more details of an alleged relationship on WBAL-TV, saying “this is indeed a domestic incident” and that the two victims were “engaged to be married.” But none of it was true, according the report from the Howard County Police today.
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September 11, 2014
I was amazed to see WBAL-TV interviewing Ray Lewis regarding the release of the TMZ video about Ray Rice's actions in the elevator ( "Ray Lewis weighs in on Ray Rice situation, calls it 'night and day' to his past legal problems," Sept 8). Are we to take away from this that obfuscating and obstructing justice regarding the murder of two men is not as bad as making a horrible mistake in judgment and punching the woman you love? Shame on WBAL-TV for not finding an upstanding former teammate to comment on the Ray Rice situation and his release from the team.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2010
Old-fashioned reporting and the skilled use of new media helped WBAL-TV score an early and important scoop in election coverage Tuesday night, some 90 minutes before the polls that everyone else was waiting for even closed. WBAL broke the news that robocalls were being made in Maryland telling Democratic voters that Gov. Martin O'Malley, who was up for re-election, and President Barack Obama, who was not, had won. The calls went on to say that no further action was required by Democratic voters — and that anyone receiving the call didn't need to do anything further except stay home and watch the happy results on TV. WBAL first heard of the robocalls through viewer tips called into the newsroom and to reporter Jayne Miller sometime around 6 p.m., when Miller was on the air, according to Michelle Butt, the station's news director.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
[Update: Megan Pringle's first day at WBAL was June 16.] Megan Pringle is leaving a job as director of news and multimedia at Maroon PR to become part of the WBAL-TV morning team, the station announced today. Pringle had been a morning anchor at WMAR-TV until being hired by Maroon in November. "This is an interesting time in morning news in Baltimore, and we wanted to add her to our team," WBAL President Dan Joerres said. "Megan brings a lot of experience to the job. She understands the importance of morning news.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
WBAL-TV is bringing in a new anchorman next month, and that will mean change in one of the most stable weekday news lineups in the country. Jason Newton, a Baltimore native and 36-year-old anchorman at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, will join WBAL next week and take on anchoring duties alongside Mindy Basara at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays starting Dec. 16. His arrival will result in Stan Stovall leaving mornings, where he has co-anchored the...
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Two climate change advocacy groups are challenging WBAL-TV and Tony Pann, one of the station's meteorologists, for Pann's stance denying that global warming is occurring. Forecast the Facts, a Berkeley, Calif.-based group focused on broadcast meteorologists who deny climate change, has teamed with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network on a petition calling on the station and Pann to "publicly correct the false claims about climate change made by" Pann. The petition, launched Tuesday, follows a meeting with WBAL news director Michelle Butt over the issue, said Jordan Haedtler, a campaign associate with Forecast the Facts.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
[Update: Megan Pringle's first day at WBAL was June 16.] Megan Pringle is leaving a job as director of news and multimedia at Maroon PR to become part of the WBAL-TV morning team, the station announced today. Pringle had been a morning anchor at WMAR-TV until being hired by Maroon in November. "This is an interesting time in morning news in Baltimore, and we wanted to add her to our team," WBAL President Dan Joerres said. "Megan brings a lot of experience to the job. She understands the importance of morning news.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 9, 2010
Ronald Thomas Leaverton, a former reporter for WBAL-TV who later became a well-known voiceover artist and a co-founder of a Timonium video production company, died Thursday of a heart attack at his Hunt Valley home. Mr. Leaverton was 64. Mr. Leaverton, the son of a Baltimore Department of Public Works engineer and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Howard Park. "He always knew he wanted to be in radio," said his wife of 16 years, the former Patricia "Patty" Wise.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2011
Marianne Banister's farewell from Baltimore television after more than 15 years of co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. news at WBAL-TV was an unusually modest and subdued one. Unlike the farewells for Sally Thorner at WJZ and Mary Beth Marsden at WMAR in December of 2009, there were no video montages of Banister's career at WBAL. There were no extended farewells or family members and colleagues coming onto the set to say goodbye. Banister's final words to Baltimore viewers at the end of the 11 p.m. newscast lasted 35 seconds, and only 17 seconds were actual words of farewell.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
WBAL-TV won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a series on judges by investigative reporter Jayne Miller, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced Tuesday. Here's part of what the press release: The award for Best Video Investigative Reporting is for a series by WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller called "Judging The Judges. " The award-winning investigation opens the book on judges who misbehave, violate ethics and break the law. The story focuses ion judicial accountability and reveals a system where reprimands are often kept private and judges remain on the bench...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Domenica Davis, who worked at WBAL-TV from 2004 to 2007, is returning to the station on a part-time basis starting Monday, according to General Manager Dan Joerres. Davis, who also served as a weathercaster for the Fox News cable channel and WNBC, the NBC-owned station in New York, will be featured in Preakness coverage next week, Joerres said. It is expected that Davis will become a recurring contributor to WBAL's morning news program. In a tweet last week, Davis described her return to WBAL as "doing some freelance.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
Maryland Public Television Wednesday afternoon changed its mind and decided it would carry the May 7 Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate. The Sun reported Tuesday on this blog that Baltimore viewers were not scheduled to be able to see the debate even though it was being staged at a state-owned university. MPT's decision today means the debate among  Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur will now be seen in Baltimore -- and in an over-the-air venue that makes it accessible to the largest possible audience.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
In the wake of Howard County Police saying definitively Wednesday that there was no "domestic" motive for the Columbia Mall shooting in January that left three people dead, WBAL apologized for its reporting on the story. Most of that bad reporting came from John Patti, an anchor and reporter at WBAL Radio. His erroneous reports were also carried on WBAL-TV. “Columbia Mall shooting domestic. Former boyfriend of Zumiez clerk shot her and new boyfriend also an employee of store," Patti tweeted on Jan. 25. Patti reported more details of an alleged relationship on WBAL-TV, saying “this is indeed a domestic incident” and that the two victims were “engaged to be married.” But none of it was true, according the report from the Howard County Police today.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
All the TV stations in Baltimore say they're the ones to turn to for breaking news. Coverage of a shooting Saturday morning at the Mall in Columbia that left three dead put those promises to the test in a major way. Not everyone passed. The local stations that got there first with the most resources were WJZ (Channel 13) and WBAL (Channel 11), which were on the air shortly after 12:30 p.m. WMAR-TV was on-air with live coverage shortly after 1 p.m, but WBFF (Channel 45) didn't offer viewers anything except syndicated programming, infomercials and auto racing until 2:30 p.m. And then, it provided only 30 minutes of coverage before returning to Fox network NASCAR coverage.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Clifton J. Cox, a retired WBAL-TV supervisor who was active in his East Baltimore church, died Saturday of multiple myeloma at his Ellicott City home. He was 65. The son of Clifton L. Cox, a Bethlehem Steel Co. steelworker, and Lucille Edges Cox, a registered nurse, Clifton Jerome Cox was born in Baltimore and raised in East Baltimore. He graduated in 1966 from Dunbar High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1993 in sociology from Morgan State University. Mr. Cox began working at WBAL-TV in 1967 and at the time of his retirement in 2002 was supervisor of the station's floor department, which gave direction to those appearing on the air. "He was the first African-American supervisor of a floor department for a major TV station," said a daughter, Valerie Marks of Lutherville.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
WBAL-TV is bringing in a new anchorman next month, and that will mean change in one of the most stable weekday news lineups in the country. Jason Newton, a Baltimore native and 36-year-old anchorman at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, will join WBAL next week and take on anchoring duties alongside Mindy Basara at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays starting Dec. 16. His arrival will result in Stan Stovall leaving mornings, where he has co-anchored the...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
WBAL-TV, which has seen a drop in its year-to-year news audience, is adding another newscast on its WBAL Plus (digital channel) starting in March. Baltimore's NBC affiliate will add a 10 p.m. weeknight newscast anchored by Kate Amara on March 5, the station will announce Wednesday. In October, the station added a 7 a.m. newscast on WBAL Plus. So far, the ratings have been minimal, according to Nielsen data. But Dan Joerres, station general manager, says the newscast is beating some of "the cable channels" in that time period.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
Samuel J. English III, a former WBAL-TV staff announcer and weather forecaster who later held broadcasting positions at Maryland Public Television and Towson University, died Sunday of respiratory failure at his Pikesville home. He was 79. "Jim was eloquent and absolutely good at what he did. He was a great broadcasting professional, and I've always admired him," said Donald Thoms, who had worked with Mr. English at WBAL-TV in the 1960s. "He was like no one else. He had a sharp wit and was well-seasoned, and he told great stories and always with a great flourish.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore sun | August 13, 2013
Miri Marshall, a weathercaster at KCEN-TV in central Texas, will join WBAL-TV Aug. 22, as part of the station's weather team, general manager Dan Joerres said Tuesday. Marshall fills a role that became vacant when meterologist John Collins retired as a full-time staffer at the end of May, after 24 years at the station. Collins still has a freelance relationship with WBAL-TV, according to Joerres. "Miri has a lot of personality, a lot of energy on-air," Joerres said Tuesday.
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