The Baltimore Banner announced iMPACT MARYLAND Presented by Whiting-Turner, planned as a signature annual event that will bring together top voices and generational leaders from across the region to create a meaningful dialogue around the most important policies and issues affecting the state.
The inaugural iMPACT MARYLAND event will take place on Oct. 10, at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Theatre in Baltimore. This historic daylong immersive event is expected to be attended by up to 1,000 attendees, including the region’s leading business, civic, health, education and nonprofit leaders, including several nationally recognized keynote speakers. Click HERE for details, including ticket information and speakers
The event will include panel discussions moderated by The Baltimore Banner’s newsroom talent and featuring the region’s most distinguished thought leaders on topics such as education, health care, economic development, public safety, sports, and more. Speakers will include Tierra Dorsey, president, Central Scholarship Bureau, Kevin Plank, founder and Executive Chairman, Under Armour, and Brian Stelter, former CNN Host and Author of “Hoax.
“In the 13 months since The Baltimore Banner launched as a nonprofit, independent local news organization, our mission has been to become an integral and vital part of the communities that we serve across Maryland as we help strengthen, unite and inspire our communities,” said Kimi Yoshino, editor in chief of The Baltimore Banner. “As part of that ongoing commitment, we are excited to announce what promises to be one of the most impactful events for the future of our region in fostering meaningful dialogue for our attendees, with a shared goal of moving our state into a more promising future.”
Radio veteran Craig N. Swagler will be the next president and general manager of WYPR and WTMD. Swagler will lead Baltimore’s NPR news station WYPR 88.1 FM as well as music discovery station WTMD 89.7 FM. “I am thrilled to be joining the outstanding team of content creators, storytellers, and journalists at Your Public Radio,” Swagler said in a news release. “It is an honor to serve Baltimore by amplifying issues, stories, and events of the community’s rich cultural heritage. WYPR and WTMD are the soundtracks of Baltimoreans, providing immediate local affect, keeping them informed and making an impact on their lives. I look forward to working together to expand the influence and reach of Your Public Radio as an essential part of Marylander lives.” Swagler will succeed former WYPR President, CEO and General Manger LaFontaine Oliver, who left the position in 2022 after three years to serve as president and CEO of New York Public Radio.
Maryland Public Television announced the promotion of Susan (Suzie) Wolfinger Schmitt to the position of vice president, Human Resources, at the statewide public television network. Wolfinger Schmitt has worked at MPT for 25 years, including the past six years as the organization’s managing director, Human Resources. Also announced by MPT, Current, the leading source for public media news, revealed its first cohort of early and mid-career employees to be recognized as Rising Stars in Public Media. Among the 22 honorees is Jessica Ray, MotorWeek associate producer and online content creator.