At long last, a critic’s review of ‘Healthy Holly: Exercising Is Fun!’

Mayor Catherine Pugh displays a “Healthy Holly”-affiliated bib on March 28. Still via live stream from Charm TV/Facebook.

Amid all of the furor surrounding the nearly $800,000 that Mayor Catherine Pugh’s LLC took from health care firms and others for copies of her “Healthy Holly” books, it’s easy to forget the value in trying to educate children, as an emotional Pugh attempted to explain days before taking an indefinite leave of absence.

But rather than take the mayor’s word for it, let’s hear from Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada.

Ken Ulman, David and Karen Nitkin buy stake in Baltimore Fishbowl


Former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, former Baltimore Sun editor David Nitkin and writer Karen Nitkin have bought a stake in Baltimore Fishbowl.

The Baltimore Beat is returning as an online venture

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A year after it was shuttered, the Baltimore Beat, an alt-weekly newspaper founded by staffers of the City Paper after its demise, is coming back next month as a nonprofit online journalism outlet.

Lisa Snowden-McCray will return as editor-in-chief, and Brandon Soderberg will work for the organization part-time. The start date is March 6.

Long-time WBAL radio anchor Dave Durian dies

Dave Durian broadcasts from Valley View Farms. Courtesy: WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

Dave Durian, the long-time morning host on WBAL 1090, died early Monday after a battle with lung cancer and a stroke, the station announced this morning. He was 72.

Rebekah Kirkman named managing editor of BmoreArt

The most recent print issue of BmoreArt. Photo via Rebekah Kirkman.

Baltimore’s most prominent arts-focused publication has a new managing editor in Rebekah Kirkman, formerly Baltimore City Paper’s visual arts editor.

Kirkman announced her new role with the magazine this morning.

Features writer Brittany Britto leaving The Sun

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

Amid a fresh round of buyouts and other turnover happening at The Sun, Baltimore’s paper of record is losing another reporter with a talent for covering the arts and culture of the city.

Political reporter Michael Dresser among first to take latest buyout offer at The Sun

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Longtime Baltimore Sun State House reporter Michael Dresser is among the first journalists at the city’s daily newspaper to go in the most recent round of buyouts from Tribune Publishing.

He announced his retirement in a Twitter post, and briefly acknowledged it at the end of a column sizing up his time covering Annapolis. A newsroom source confirmed Dresser accepted one of the company-wide buyouts being offered by the Chicago-based parent company.

Tribune voluntarily recognizes Chesapeake News Guild

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A unionization effort by smaller community papers within the Baltimore Sun Media Group was voluntarily recognized by parent company Tribune Publishing, clearing the way for contract negotiations between the two sides.

Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times and other Baltimore Sun community papers form union

Front row, from left. Erin Logan, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Libby Solomon, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Danielle Ohl, Capital Gazette; Jess Nocera, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Jack Chavez, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Top row, from left. Megan Woodward, Carroll County Times; Cody Boteler, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Lauren Lumpkin, Capital Gazette; Erin Hard, Baltimore Sun Media Group; and Selene San Felice, Capital Gazette.

Community reporters and journalists at community papers within the Baltimore Sun Media Group unionized today, calling for higher wages and a more stable work environment.

The group, known as the Chesapeake News Guild, covers about 50 reporters, photographers, designers and copy editors at The Capital in Annapolis, Carroll County Times, The Aegis in Harford County, Howard County Times and other local news organizations owned and managed by the local media company.

The Sun newsroom receives buyout offers from Tribune Publishing

Today’s edition of The Baltimore Sun.

In an effort to stave off future job cuts, Tribune Publishing, the parent company of The Sun, Chicago Tribune and seven other newspapers, offered company-wide buyout offers today in a memo sent to managers.