Cheryl Conner is proud to be reporting in her home state, with most of her family as part of the audience.
Where else have you worked, and what was your oddest job?
WMAR is the fourth TV station where I've worked since graduating from college. I started at WHAG in Hagerstown. I moved on to WEHT in Evansville, IN. I worked for NewsChannel 8 in Washington, DC, before starting at WMAR. My career in TV follows the very memorable job as a HOT 99.5 "Hottie." (The name was not my own doing). Acording to friends, I had the coolest college job, as I welcomed artists to the radio station and handed out prizes to callers.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?
I enjoy the challenge of fixing problems through storytelling. The best journalism is exposing a loophole in a law or an unresponsive agency and pressing them for answers. Stories are about people, and it's a great privilege to be trusted with their information. Apps you can't live without?
Favorite local hangouts?
I love to eat, so it's a good thing I love my gym time. I eat a salad almost everyday, but no one makes lettuce more memorable than Chiapparelli's. I can't leave without the drooling gnocchi. Nick's Seafood has the best steamed shrimp. I love Yellowfin for the long list of 1/2 price wine and Pusser's for the best dockside view.
All-time favorite movie and song? Why?
Favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. My older sister used to do that famous lift after we watched the final dance. You may not take my reporting seriously if I tell you my favorite song.
Apps you can't live without?
I'm a bargain hunter, and the apps Living Social and Groupon allow me to exercise my frugal side. Of course, the ABC2 app keeps me updated on what's happening.
What were you like as a kid?
No one in my family is surprised by my career in television. While the priority is to tell great stories, we do so on live TV. This career really started when home video cameras grew in popularity.There are tapes out there that I hope will never surface, because I was that kid who wanted to dance and sing for whoever would listen.
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