Baltimore - The best thing about this new world of MMJ is that we have a great group of talented journalists who are using their skills in a new way.
Some you will hear on TV, others you will see and hear. Really it depends on the individual. After 20+ years behind the scenes, some photographers are just not interested in doing stand-ups, others are taking the MMJ world by storm.
So, since you are already seeing some new faces on air, I thought I'd talk about some that recently turned stories, with a stand-up.
First at bat, Lamont Williams. He's our Chief Photographer and has been here, at the station, for more than 30 years. I won't even tell you how old I was when he started here. He has spent his entire TV career here at WMAR, and we are lucky to have him. He started the process not really doing stand-ups but just last week not only did a stand up but got creative. Last week he did the story on the puppy stuck in the storm drain. Here's a link:
http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region/baltimore_city/neighborhood-rallies-to-the-aid-of-a-puppy-trapped-in-a-sewer I like his hat :)
And then there is Fred Slade, who I affectionately call "Forest Hill Fred". Again he's been at WMAR for decades and while you've seen his work on TV, you never really knew it. So now is his time to shine. During last week's heat wave he hung out at a snowball stand, really who doesn't when it's hot, and got a taste of the flavor of the day:
I'll write more about these guys in the coming weeks. They are really doing a fabulous job as we all learn new skills and develop as a team. Just be ready for us, because having these guys in front of the camera now, means we're able to be in your neighborhood a lot more!
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