Sep 22, 2021

NPR can air recordings of Capital Gazette shooting trial, judge rules

NPR can air audio recordings from the trial of the gunman who killed five Capital Gazette employees in 2018, a federal judge ruled.

Sep 17, 2021

NPR wins preliminary challenge to Md.’s broadcast ban on criminal trials

National Public Radio Inc. has won a preliminary but significant legal victory in its bid to air audio from the July trial of the man who murdered five Capital Gazette employees on June 28, 2018, despite Maryland’s statutory prohibition on the broadcasting of official court recordings of criminal proceedings. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett […]

Sep 9, 2021

NPR challenges Md.’s broadcast ban on criminal trial recordings

National Public Radio Inc. has become the latest news organization to challenge Maryland’s statutory ban on broadcasting official court recordings of criminal proceedings, saying the prohibition violates NPR’s constitutional right to air audio from the July trial of the man who murdered five Capital Gazette employees on June 28, 2018. In a federal court filing […]

Sep 16, 2015

O’Malley reamed for being tardy

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s penchant for running late is no secret to reporters who spent time covering the man who is now running for the Democratic presidential nomination. But his tardiness drew the ire of NPR’s Diane Rehm on her eponymous talk show when he failed to make it to her studio on time for […]

Sep 13, 2013

NPR offering buyouts to cut staff by 10 percent

WASHINGTON — National Public Radio said Friday that it was offering across-the-board buyouts in hopes of cutting its staff by 10 percent and eliminating its deficit. The buyouts, which are to be offered across the entire organization, were approved by NPR’s board of directors to help with a projected operating deficit of $6.1 million. NPR […]

Aug 19, 2013

NPR president leaving position, becoming National Geographic CEO

WASHINGTON — The president and CEO of NPR is stepping down after less than two years to take a similar position at the National Geographic Society, the public radio organization’s board of directors announced Monday. Gary Knell said he plans to stay on the job at Washington-based National Public Radio until November while the board […]

Jan 7, 2013

A breath of fresh air on the news

The thought that an ex-convict could get a federal government job was intriguing and I wanted to know more.

Jan 13, 2012

What’s hot this year at the Consumer Electronics Show

Frank Gorman of Gorman & Williams is back in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. And, just like last year, he’s graciously offered to write a few dispatches about his trip. The following is an overview of CES, which concludes Friday. Gorman co-wrote this with Mike Yang, counsel to Micro Focus and a […]

Oct 7, 2011

Occupy law schools?

Earlier this week, as I watched news footage of scores of people dressed as zombies protesting on Wall Street, I couldn’t help but think, “What a bunch of looney tunes.” I found it hard to take seriously a protest that seemingly lacked any focus. But as the Occupy Wall Street movement gained more news coverage […]

Aug 10, 2011

Raise your right paw …

Anyone who knows me is very aware of the close bonds (aka “obsession”) I have with my two dogs, Dexter and Luca. When I first meet someone, it is virtually impossible to avoid their introduction in our conversation. The dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, would shake his head at me and wag his finger in a […]

Jul 28, 2011

C. Fraser Smith: Arts do more than entertain

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — If there’s a remake of the 1966 Truffaut film “Fahrenheit 451,” it should be filmed here. You remember the movie. It’s about life in an era of book burning. Men and women have memorized — and essentially become — the incinerated masterpieces. In the remake, I want to be Annie Proulx’s “The […]

Jun 29, 2011

Mario Armstrong wins an Emmy

Mario Armstrong, the Baltimore techie and media personality, won his first Emmy Award last week. Armstrong, who is president of Mario Armstrong Media, was named Best TV Show Host/Moderator for his work on the Maryland Public Television Program “You Can Afford College.” The National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts […]

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