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The Sun’s Sam Davis retires; news from Sage, Baltimore Public Media and WYPR

by | Jun 12, 2024

The Baltimore Sun is undergoing a leadership shift, with managing editor Sam Davis, in main photo, retiring after serving in the role since 2016. Davis, 64, became the newspaper’s first Black managing editor after joining the newsroom as an editorial assistant in 1980. Tricia Bishop, the current opinion and features content director who started at The Sun in 1999, will take over newsroom management duties later this month. Bishop has previously worked as a reporter, editorial writer, columnist, and op-ed page editor.

Baltimore-based Sage Growth Partners has been selected as the communications and marketing agency partner for B-Secur, a global biosensing technology company. In another move, Sage has hired Carley Thornell as an account group director and writer. Thornell is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose work has appeared in USA Today, The Boston Globe, Travel + Leisure, Managed Healthcare Executive, and other leading publications. Prior to joining Sage, she served as an industry strategist at Akamai Technologies.

Baltimore Public Media and KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, announced a new feature on WYPR and WTMD titled “The Good News” with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., who hosts a weekly national TV show on PBS TV. “The Good News” is a daily radio commentary and headline news review hosted by the journalist and civil rights icon, offering fresh, timely, unique and brief perspective on the headline news of the day across America and throughout the world.

WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore’s NPR station, has been honored with two Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) 2024 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Radio | Large Market categories of “Excellence in Sound” and “News Series.”

Reporter John Lee’s Baltimore County Landfill May Soon Have Hawk Patrol to Force Unwanted Birds to ‘Get Outta Dodge’ is the recipient of the Regional Murrow Award in “Excellence in Sound.” Squawking birds, an oinking pig, and a sociable zebra all helped to tell the tale of the falconer and his menagerie, as he pitched the county to use one of his hawks to clear out hundreds of birds from the county landfill.

Health reporter Scott Maucione’s How Baltimore is Trying to Keep its People Safe from Xylazine is the recipient of the Regional Murrow Award in the “News Series” category. The story digs deep into the struggles of addiction and how public health officials are trying to reduce harm of dangerous chemicals showing up in illicit drug supplies.

The RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news, honoring news organizations that demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of broadcast and digital journalism. As a Regional Murrow Award recipient, WYPR will advance to the National Murrow Award competition in both categories. National winners will be announced this summer.

Image of Sam Davis via The Sun

About the Author

Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience and heads J. Davis Public Relations, LLC, a PR and social media consultancy. A three-time PRSA Maryland president, he serves as Maryland regional editor for the Capitol Communicator and is co-founder of Podville Media in D.C. where he co-hosted the "Practically Social" podcast. Jeff is the regional representative of the national Public Relations Consultants Group (PRCG). He began his career as a reporter at daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.


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