Big Fish

Q&A: Gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea on boosting transportation accessibility, teaming up with Brandon Scott, and more

Photo via Jim Shea for Maryland

At 65 and standing well under six feet tall, Jim Shea says he often tells people that when he started as a managing partner of Venable LLP, “I was 6’8″ and had a full head of hair, and 22 years later, I don’t.”

Q&A: Ben Jealous talks universal health care, weed, his progressive roots and more

Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Ben Jealous might just be the only gubernatorial candidate for 2018 who could bolster his run by getting handcuffed at the White House.

Big Fish: Jackie Caldwell is On A Mission For Mondawmin

Jaqueline Caldwell. Photo via the Annie E. Casey Foundation website.

As President of the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council since 2012, Jacqueline (Jackie) Caldwell is the Godmother of Mondawmin — righting wrongs, fighting crime, improving housing, raising money, boosting spirits and attending meeting after meeting with elected officials to make sure Mondawmin is, in her words, “at the table and not on the menu.” That’s in her spare time. In her day job at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, she dispenses grant money to organizations central to the foundation’s mission.

Big Fish: Gubernatorial Candidate and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz


County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s race for Maryland governor is fueled by his experience as a Baltimore County public servant and an open disdain for the state’s current leadership.

Big Fish: 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate and Tech Entrepreneur Alec Ross

Photo courtesy of Alec Ross for Governor

Alec Ross first came to Maryland 23 years ago when he was assigned to be a sixth-grade teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School as part of the Teach For America program. He had just graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in history, and he immediately developed a strong affection for Baltimore.



This was going to be a column about my new kitchen counters, and about how you shouldn’t live with things you hate, and then we heard the news from Las Vegas. We were coming home from a college tour in upstate New York, from eating delicious Italian food in Syracuse, from spending time with our dear friend who teaches up there. We were sleepy, sated, a little stressed out about this and that. An ordinary Monday, awash in blessings.

Big Fish: Sue Sadler, the New Head of the Bryn Mawr School, Is All About The Girls

Bryn Mawr’s new head of school, Sue Sadler, with students at the start of the school year.

In her second week into the new school year, Sue Sadler seems upbeat and at-ease. Her official start as the new head at the Bryn Mawr School was July 1, and she’s spent the past few months settling-in at Bryn Mawr and in Baltimore. She’s eager and ready to lead.

Annie Milli Wants You to Live In the City


Earlier this summer, 36-year-old Owings Mills native Annie Milli made the impressive leap from nonprofit Live Baltimore’s marketing director to executive director. But when you consider Milli’s intense work ethic and fierce love of Baltimore City, the shock of her rapid-fire professional trajectory eases.

Big Fish: Thomas Dolby, Pop Music Star-Turned-Hopkins Professor


If the digital media world were a globe like our physical one, Thomas Dolby would have circled it already, and then some. Many know him for the popular music fame he achieved as a masterful synth player (“She Blinded Me with Science,” “Hyperactive”) and MTV standout in the 1980s, as well as his wide-ranging work as a producer and keyboardist for other artists.

Big Fish: Fox45’s Kai Jackson Talks About Being on TV and Journalism in Baltimore

Courtesy Kai Jackson

Even leading up to college, Kai Jackson never planned to be on TV. In fact, when he first enrolled at South Carolina State College, he was an engineering major, though he admits now that may not have been the best fit.