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WBAL news director Mark Miller leaving after nearly 32 years

Mark Miller, the longtime news director at WBAL Radio, will resign by the end of July after nearly 32 years on the job.

“It’s a good thing,” Miller said. “I had a really good career with the company and the station for 32 years, which in broadcasting is virtually unheard of. I worked at one place and worked there that long.”

Miller, 52, said he’ll be focusing on his family after a number of changes in home life in recent years.

“I’ve been incredibly blessed,” he said. “I focused my business with the company when I was younger. When you get older, your priorities change.”

While Miller informed WBAL officials last week of his decision, no replacement has yet been named for his position, he said. He said he thinks the replacement will likely be chosen from internal candidates.

Miller started as an editor and producer, and then was a reporter for 10 years. For the last 21 years of his career, Miller was news director for the station. As a reporter, Miller won two Maryland State Bar Association gavel awards, the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association, and was recognized by United Press International for his radio accomplishments.

WBAL also received 21 national Edward R. Murrow Awards during Miller’s career at the station.

“When William Donald Schaefer died, they did all these obituaries,” Miller said. “And he said he wanted it on his tombstone that he cared. I said, you know what? I don’t want the phrase, ‘He was the news director at WBAL.’ I want he was a great husband and a great dad.”