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May 15, 2014
There is no way to overestimate the fear felt by WMAR staff members recently when they experienced what could have seemed to be a terrorist attack ( "Man is held after standoff at WMAR," May 14). News outlets cover trauma all the time, and it can never be far from their minds. The live broadcast of the aftermath, extending well into the evening prime-time news hour, gave a vivid illustration of the impact of trauma even on those who may feel they are ready for it. Long after it seemed certain that no one was injured and that the assailant was likely unarmed, a clearly upset newsman was, at times breathlessly, leading viewers around the damaged building.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
George W. Collins, a pioneering WMAR-TV broadcaster who earlier had been editor-in-chief of the Afro-American newspaper and covered the civil rights movement and political corruption in Maryland, died Thursday of renal failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 88. "George was an important figure in Baltimore's struggle for fairness for everybody. No one was more influential in the African-American community when it came to voicing their concerns," said Moses Newson, former executive editor of the Afro-American.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
"ABC2 In Focus," a revamped local newscast promising more in-depth coverage and investigative journalism, will premiere at 6 tonight on WMAR, Channel 2. "We've noticed a thirst in the market for in-depth stories,” WMAR News Director Kelly Groft said in a news release announcing the debut. “We'll always cover the news of the day, it's just now, at 6 p.m., we'll slow down a bit, dig deeper and ask more questions. " The program, which officials at WMAR say has been in the works for "quite some time," will also include additional online content, as well as content aimed at social media and other mobile platforms.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Baltimore County police on Thursday released the 911 calls made by frantic WMAR employees after a man drove into the television news station's building this week. Several callers described how the man crashed a truck though the front of the York Road station but said they did not know where he went. Several callers indicated they were calling from inside locked offices, worrying aloud about the safety of their colleagues. No one was injured in the incident. Tactical officers eventually found Vladimir Mehul Baptiste on the second floor, where he had been watching news broadcasts of the incident.
SPORTS
By Ray Frager | June 28, 2008
Sports anchor Scott Garceau announced that he is leaving his job at WMAR after 28 years on the air in Baltimore. Garceau made the announcement at the end of his segment during Channel 2's 6 p.m. newscast. He said Thursday would be his last appearance as WMAR's sports anchor but that he would still be seen on WMAR for college lacrosse, the Calvert Hall-Loyola Thanksgiving football game, Orioles Opening Day and Ravens-related programming among other possible assignments. WMAR's Web site said Garceau would be involved in "special projects" for the station.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik | August 21, 1992
WMAR (Channel 2) has a new man running its newsroom. The station yesterday named Jack T. Cahalan, 35, news director.Cahalan, who is expected to join the station Sept. 14, comes from WCPO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati. He has been at the station seven years -- two as director of broadcast operations, and the last five as news director. He holds a bachelor's degree inbusiness administration from Miami of Ohio."He's a seasoned journalist . . . and we look forward to him further strengthening our news operation," said Arnold J. Kleiner, Channel 2's general manager.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
The recent incident of a man driving a truck into the WMAR television studio involved a person reported to suffer from mental illness and a cannabis use disorder, yet the press continues to hype up the mental health diagnosis and play down the substance abuse ( "WMAR barricade suspect had been hospitalized for mental illness, mother says," May 14). What will it take for people to understand that there is a high prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders? Yes, people may hear voices, but adding a substance to that can be fatal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
Veteran Baltimore newsman Sunni Khalid, who was fired in March by WYPR radio, started work Tuesday as an assignment editor at WMAR (Channel 2), he said. Khalid, a former Baltimore Sun and NPR staffer, was the first newsroom employee hired by the city's public radio station. He had been on probation at WYPR for comments he posted on Facebook. It later was alleged that he made an obscene gesture toward another journalist who was visiting the public radio station. Khalid and WYPR declined comment on his dismissal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2011
Katie Couric's new syndicated talk show, "Katie," will be airing on WMAR-TV starting next fall, Bill Hooper, the station's general manager said. The Disney-ABC show will air at either 3 or 4 p.m., both key time slots because of their potential to drive viewers into the early evening local newscasts. Couric's will air live at 3 in many markets, but general managers will have the option in some cases of carrying it at 4 p.m. so that it can lead into the 5 p.m. news. With many stations like Baltimore's WJZ starting their early evening news at 4 p.m., feeding the show live at 3 seems like a sound idea.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
The recent incident of a man driving a truck into the WMAR television studio involved a person reported to suffer from mental illness and a cannabis use disorder, yet the press continues to hype up the mental health diagnosis and play down the substance abuse ( "WMAR barricade suspect had been hospitalized for mental illness, mother says," May 14). What will it take for people to understand that there is a high prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders? Yes, people may hear voices, but adding a substance to that can be fatal.
NEWS
May 15, 2014
There is no way to overestimate the fear felt by WMAR staff members recently when they experienced what could have seemed to be a terrorist attack ( "Man is held after standoff at WMAR," May 14). News outlets cover trauma all the time, and it can never be far from their minds. The live broadcast of the aftermath, extending well into the evening prime-time news hour, gave a vivid illustration of the impact of trauma even on those who may feel they are ready for it. Long after it seemed certain that no one was injured and that the assailant was likely unarmed, a clearly upset newsman was, at times breathlessly, leading viewers around the damaged building.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Baltimore County police on Thursday released the 911 calls made by frantic WMAR employees after a man drove into the television news station's building this week. Several callers described how the man crashed a truck though the front of the York Road station but said they did not know where he went. Several callers indicated they were calling from inside locked offices, worrying aloud about the safety of their colleagues. No one was injured in the incident. Tactical officers eventually found Vladimir Mehul Baptiste on the second floor, where he had been watching news broadcasts of the incident.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Vladimir Mehul Baptiste imagined conversations with his family, according to his mother, banged on the walls of his home screaming, "What's wrong with me?" and sat in a rainstorm because he said it felt good. The man now accused of ramming a stolen truck into the WMAR television station had been hospitalized at psychiatric facilities in recent years, his mother said in an interview. She expressed concern her son was using marijuana. Baptiste was under outpatient care as recently as Monday - one day before police say he barricaded himself into the Towson offices of Channel 2 news.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
An emotionally disturbed man drives a landscaping truck into the lobby of Baltimore TV station WMAR around noon and then spends the afternoon inside the building watching other TV outlets covering his five-hour standoff with police. Sounds like a media story to me. It sounds as if it could be the story of someone with a troubled mind literally trying to break his way into the bright, shiny world of television - and accomplishing it, for a few hours at least, through his act of violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
With its York Road building shut down tight after a man smashed his truck through the front door and apparently hid inside, officials at WMAR, Channel 2 scrambled Tuesday afternoon to keep their programming on air. The channel 2 broadcast went dark at approximately 4 p.m., and the signal became available again at about 5:20 p.m. Station personnel used their Twitter feeds and other social media to send out information during the 80 minutes the...
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
Robert L. Skillman III, a professional photographer who had been a part-time weekend assignment editor at WMAR-TV for a decade, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Northwest Hospital. The Northwood resident was 59. Mr. Skillman was attending the annual Ed Block Courage Awards ceremony at Martin's West when he collapsed from a heart attack. He was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, family members said. Mr. Skillman was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
An emotionally disturbed man drives a landscaping truck into the lobby of Baltimore TV station WMAR around noon and then spends the afternoon inside the building watching other TV outlets covering his five-hour standoff with police. Sounds like a media story to me. It sounds as if it could be the story of someone with a troubled mind literally trying to break his way into the bright, shiny world of television - and accomplishing it, for a few hours at least, through his act of violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
"ABC2 In Focus," a revamped local newscast promising more in-depth coverage and investigative journalism, will premiere at 6 tonight on WMAR, Channel 2. "We've noticed a thirst in the market for in-depth stories,” WMAR News Director Kelly Groft said in a news release announcing the debut. “We'll always cover the news of the day, it's just now, at 6 p.m., we'll slow down a bit, dig deeper and ask more questions. " The program, which officials at WMAR say has been in the works for "quite some time," will also include additional online content, as well as content aimed at social media and other mobile platforms.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
John C. Stidman, an artist and pioneer of WMAR-TV who spent 38 years at the city's first television station as a director and producer, died Wednesday of complications from a fall at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. The longtime North Baltimore resident was 90. John Charles Stidman was born in Baltimore and raised in the Forest Park neighborhood, the son of Amos F. Stidman, a broom salesman, and Florence Eder Stidman, a manicurist. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1940 and the University of Maryland in 1944, with a bachelor's degree in science and plans for medical school.
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