One of Baltimore’s well-known faces in TV news began a new job today working for the city’s library system.
Meghan McCorkell, previously a general assignment reporter for six years at WJZ-13, Baltimore’s CBS affiliate, is the new communications director for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the library system announced today.
Speaking by phone, McCorkell said it was a considerable change for her, but that she couldn’t turn down the opportunity. “When I got this offer, it was just way too good to pass up. There was just no way I couldn’t come work here,” she said.
McCorkell’s career in TV news spans 16 years, she said. In addition to her time in Baltimore, her resume includes a stint as a reporter in Columbus, Ohio, and as a producer for both ABC7 in Arlington, Va., and Fox5 in Washington D.C. She began her career with NewsChannel 8, also based in Arlington.
McCorkell won an Emmy award for her coverage of President Gerald Ford’s funeral as a producer for ABC7 and was nominated for another while working for Fox5.
Her final day with WJZ was last Friday. She shared this picture on Twitter with longtime reporter Ron Matz.
— meghan mccorkell (@megmccorkell) January 27, 2017
“Megan is terrific,” said K.C. Robertson, a spokesman for WJZ, on a phone call. “We’ll miss her. We wish her great success in her new endeavor.”
“We are delighted that Miss McCorkell has joined the Library in this important role,” said Enoch Pratt’s acting CEO Gordon Krabbe in a statement. “We are most fortunate to have someone with Meghan’s credentials and record of achievement help tell the story of the Library’s significant impact on Baltimore and the State.”
Enoch Pratt’s former CEO, Carla Hayden, bid farewell to Baltimore last year after she was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the country’s 14th librarian of Congress.
For the last two years, McCorkell was an “active member” of the Pratt Contemporaries, according to a release from the library system. The group consists of dues-paying Baltimore cosmopolitans who raise awareness for the library system and provide financial support for its programs. Their recent Black and White Party raised $109,000 for the library system, McCorkell said.
The library’s new communications director noted that the organization is currently in a “great period of transition,” with renovations taking place at the main library building downtown and an ongoing search for a permanent CEO.
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