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WBAL’s Amara privately questioned Howard County Council, education board on school integration bill

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As a reporter for WBAL-TV, Kate Amara has covered murder trials, natural disasters, local government and protests, to name a few topics.

Since the spring, that has included at least four instances reporting on the goings-on in Howard County, topics that included the groundbreaking of a new court house, County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposals for mitigating floods in Ellicott City and a spate of tire and rim thefts police were investigating.

But in a Sept. 5 email sent to all the members of the Howard County Council and the Howard County Board of Education, she raised questions about a resolution calling on the school boundaries to be redrawn so the district is truly integrated–not as a reporter, she said, but as a resident and mother.

Mary Bubala joins Fox 45 as a reporter

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Months after asking a question on the air that many decried as racist, and subsequently being fired from WJZ, TV news anchor Mary Bubala has landed at WBFF Fox 45.

She started working at the station as a reporter yesterday, news director Mike Tomko told Baltimore Fishbowl. The Sun first reported the news of her hiring.

The Baltimore Sun Guild and Tribune Publishing agree on contract extension

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The Baltimore Sun Guild has accepted a three-year extension with Tribune Publishing, keeping in place step-increase raises for young journalists, merit raises and other protections from the newsroom’s previous contract.

And there’s still a chance for the across-the-board raise that Sun journalists have been publicly pushing for since the spring.

The Sun loses three key staffers as negotiations on a new contract continue

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The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

As newsroom employees continue their fight for wage increases, The Sun is losing three well-known staffers to other jobs.

City Hall reporter Ian Duncan is leaving for The Washington Post, and investigative reporter Doug Donovan and opinion editor Andrew Green are taking positions at Johns Hopkins University, sources at the newspaper confirmed.

‘Tucker Carlson Live,’ originally set for Oct. 5, called off at Modell Lyric

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Conservative talking head and Baltimore agitator Tucker Carlson’s early October appearance at the Modell Lyric has been called off.

Why The Sun is missing many of its reporters’ and photographers’ bylines this week

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The front page of today’s Baltimore Sun, with multiple bylines missing. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

You might have noticed something amiss today if you browsed Baltimore’s flagship daily in print or online: A number of reporters and photographers aren’t credited for their work.

In new contract negotiations with Tribune, Baltimore Sun union seeks elusive pay bump

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The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore Sun union reps are back at the negotiating table today with management.

U.S. Court of Appeals: City’s ‘gag orders’ in BPD misconduct settlements violate 1st Amendment

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Reversing an earlier ruling by a lower court, a panel of federal appellate judges today sided with a Baltimore woman and local news website the Baltimore Brew in a free speech lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department.

The publication and the woman, Ashley Overbey, sued the city over its frequent use of gag orders in settlements for past police misconduct lawsuits, arguing they violate accusers’ First Amendment rights and hamper the press in obtaining crucial details to accurately report on such cases.

WJZ reporter Ron Matz is retiring this month

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For more than two decades, Ron Matz has appeared down in Fells Point bright and early every week, hosting guests and strangers belting out the Bangles’ “Manic Monday” live on-air for WJZ-TV.

Alex DeMetrick retires after 35 years reporting for WJZ

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Alex DeMetrick in his final report for WJZ on Thursday night. Still via WJZ-TV.

After more than four decades in the news business, most of them spent with WJZ-TV here in Baltimore, Alex DeMetrick has left the building.

Literally. We tried to reach him Thursday afternoon, but he’d already left for the day, and when we called again this morning on his final day, an assignment desk staffer said he stopped by around 5 a.m. to get his things: “He’s already gone.”

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