News and Media

  • Best Team Effort: The Sun's coverage of the Baltimore Uprising

    Nobody’s coverage of the Baltimore Uprising was nearly as thorough as The Baltimore Sun’s. Sun marketing director Renee Mutchnik told The Washington Post that the paper had “more than 60 people across the newsroom working the story,” and it showed. The paper had live blogs documenting events as...

  • Best Backtrack: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the national media that, during the protests that led up to the riots in Baltimore last April, police were tasked with protecting protesters and to strike a delicate balance in which “we also gave those who wished to destroy, space to do that as well.” The quote,...

  • Best Don Quixote: Martin O'Malley

    With his good looks, progressive policy positions, and two successful terms as governor, Martin O’Malley would seem a credible candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Yet, he is not. Dubbed last December by the Atlantic Monthly “the most ignored candidate of 2016,” O’Malley’s campaign...

  • Best Putin Impression: Martin O'Malley

    Obviously there are many differences between the ex-governor of Maryland and the president of Russia. They have entirely opposite stances on LGBTQ rights, for one thing. For another, Vladimir Putin rose through the party ranks to become president of his country, while Martin O’Malley’s attempt...

  • Best Photographer: Devin Allen

    Young west-side photographer Devin Allen blew up overnight. Someone who started on Instagram ended up as only the third amateur photographer to get their work on the cover of Time magazine. His cover, of a man with a bandana over his face being chased by police, recalled the riots of 1968. The...

  • Best Failing Upward: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    In June, barely six weeks after the city erupted in riots and during the most murderous summer Baltimore has endured in a generation, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake went to San Francisco to take the oath as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was all for Baltimore, she pledged: “I intend...

  • Best Fall Guy: Anthony Batts

    Baltimore’s most professionally distinguished police commissioner in many years—his Ph.D. gleaming like his spit-shined shoes—inherited a department with stark divisions and deep troubles, from regular and ongoing brutality cases to curious losses of evidence and the sense, in many communities,...

  • Best Freebie: Baltimore Sun lifts pay wall for riot coverage

    Hours after Freddie Gray was put to rest on April 27, as rocks were thrown and fires erupted, The Baltimore Sun ramped up coverage and lowered its pay wall—a four-year-old website restriction that had shut off service to any non-subscribers after the 15th story they accessed in a given month. The...

  • Best Fuel to the Fire: Riot gear

    As the protests over Freddie Gray’s death mounted, peacefully, along Pennsylvania Avenue and around the Western District police station, cops in uniform, with vests, then shields, formed strong lines on Jersey barriers. The shields were in short supply, we later learned from the sometimes-desperate...

  • Best Conflict of Interest: Jayne Miller

    When your significant other is prosecuting the biggest case the city has seen in years, what do you do? If you are Jayne Miller, you do your job—which is to scoop all the other reporters regularly on developments in the case. Miller has been so good for so long (and long before her relationship...

  • Best Out of Touch: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    Il Mayore has long shown ambition outside the city. The president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors spent 73 days outside the city in 2013, a Sun analysis found. But in the weeks leading up to and after the riot of April 27, Rawlings-Blake has seemed a tail to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s dog....

  • Best Omission: Baltimore, from Boss Hög's Transit Map

    A map posted from Gov. Larry Hogan’s Twitter account on June 25 boasted $2 billion in highway spending across the state of Maryland, with projects in every county. Except Baltimore City, which will not get the east-west light rail that has been in the works for more than a decade. But not only...

  • Best Public Service: Internet rebroadcast of the police scanner

    Broadcastify has the police scanner in real time, allowing you, the citizen, to eavesdrop on our police and firefighters as they go about the business of keeping us safe. The broadcasts are public domain, of course, but you used to have to buy a scanner to hear them. Now they can stream straight...

  • Best Facebook Group: Cayton Nanbers

    Need another excuse to waste all your time on Facebook? Join the world of Cayton Nanbers, where there's never any parking, all of your problems can be solved by a new start-up app, everything happens at the corner of Linwood and O'Donnell, and the answer to every minor question is to call 311 or...

  • Best Power Couple: The Mosbys

    Regardless of how you feel about the way State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has handled the State's Attorney's Office so far, there's no denying that she and her husband City Councilman Nick Mosby (7th District) are rocking some serious power-couple status at the moment. Marilyn Mosby is under serious...

  • Best Shutdown: Kwame Rose

    During the uprising, Baltimore residents had absolutely zero chill when it came to telling the crowds of national media that rolled into town exactly what they thought of them and their coverage. But the best example of a Baltimore resident shutting down a national-media fool was Kwame Rose going...

  • Best Sign of Weed's Acceptance: Baltimore Style's "Women on Weed" Issue

    You know that horrible feeling of deep embarrassment you got as a teen when your parents began to enthusiastically embrace something you once loved? That's sort of how we felt when we read “Waiting to Exhale,” Baltimore Style's July/August 2015 cover story on women who smoke weed. Betsy Boyd talks...

  • Best Bodyguards: CNN

    Almost immediately after the death of Freddie Gray, when the protests had not begun to be called either uprisings or riots, CNN and all the other national douchebag news dudes arrived in Sandtown towing bodyguards. How objective can you be when your initial assumption is that your anchors have...

  • Best Enigma: Joseph Kent

    We'd been following Joseph Kent around since the Ferguson Baltimore protests here last autumn, when Rev. Heber Brown III called him “MLK with tattoos and gold fronts.” And then as those protests wound down, he suddenly disappeared. He never returned calls or responded to emails and we never saw...

  • Best Workout: Baltimore Uprising

    We may have lost a CVS during the uprising but all the marching that the city did—day after day from Sandtown to downtown and back—probably made up for it in terms of our overall health. Damn, a lot of us over here even started losing our alt-weekly beer bellies. Of course, the 300 Men March just...

  • Best Mirage: 10,000 families

    Some people do it for love. Some people do it for money. Others still, for God. But $RB gets up in the morning for the 10,000 families, the ones she hoped to attract to the city within a decade. Unfortunately, like the God-getter-uppers, $RB's raison d’etre is an illusion. She is not working for...

  • Best Zelig: Robert "Meech" Tucker

    For the millennials who may not know (not shaming, just Gen-X-plaining) Zelig was a Woody Allen character who always seemed to accidentally end up in the right place at the right time—think Forrest Gump, but more neurotic. We started to feel that way about Robert “Meech” Tucker. We first heard...

  • Best Anchor: Denise Koch

    During the uprising, the national news and the local news outlets were quick to panic. Every building on fire was part of the “riots” (they weren’t) and was shown on endless loops across the world. Over on WJZ, veteran anchor Denise Koch was holding it down like a boss. Koch was calling for calm...

  • Best Emotional response from a journalist: Barry Simms

    WBAL reporter Barry Simms looks great for his age. We had no idea until he broke down in tears on air that he was 8 years old during the city’s riots in 1968. Simms grew up near Sandtown-Winchester and watched buildings burn around him following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When...

  • Best Photo Bomb: Baltimore Spectator

    @BaltoSpectator If you were watching the protests go down, chances are you saw a large man with a camera in his hand and a fedora on his head. That would be the Baltimore Spectator. Spec, as he’s called, is something of a gadfly when it comes to police activity in Baltimore. He even live-tweeted...

  • Best Tumblr: Patrick Joust

    patrickjoust.tumblr.com Whoever thinks that film photography is dead has never experienced the work of Baltimore photographer Patrick Joust. Using a variety of new and expired film and film cameras, Joust has the unique ability to make his city look like it did in the 1970s. His photos of old cars...

  • Best Incompetence: Dan Rodricks

    Somewhere smashed between a hectic schedule of mispronouncing his guests' names and standing on principle to never read a book he has to do an interview about, WYPR’s “Midday” host Dan Rodricks miraculously found a new way to run headfirst into the already-low bar of the news game in a July 1,...

  • Best Cage-Free Egg on Face: Spike Gjerde

    Spike Gjerde taking Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in this year’s James Beard Awards was a long time coming for the restaurateur, who had been a semifinalist every year since 2012. But shortly after his May win, Gjerde’s newly polished reputation was tarnished when he was slapped with a lawsuit, brought...

  • Best Flashy Liquor Board Ruling: Closing Craig's/Favorites Pub

    The post-Steve Fogleman, pre-Larry Hogan Baltimore City Liquor License Board, led by Thomas Ward, upheaved a number of liquor-license holders who seemed to be skirting policy, and the board easily outstripped its predecessor in terms of violations issued (241 in 2015 as of June 23, versus 94 total...

  • Best Potentially Terrifying Land Grab: Kevin Plank's Westport and Port Covington purchases

    By January, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank laid claim to more than 120 acres of land—acquired in piecemeal purchases totaling more than $90 million—in Port Covington through his real estate firm, Sagamore Development Co. Then, in July, Sagamore representatives confirmed Plank was also behind the...

  • Best White Whine: Our Birds Matter Guys

    After the uprising, Orioles fans tried to imbue some significance into the team's first game back at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. As protests and riots brought unrest to the city, the Birds had to move one home game to an away stadium, postpone two games, and play one in front of an empty stadium,...

  • Best Perspective: Buck Showalter

    Misty-eyed sports writers like to talk a lot about how sports teams can uplift their home cities, and while this no doubt happens, it’s hard getting around the fact we’re talking about millionaires playing children’s games. So it was more than refreshing to hear Orioles manager Buck Showalter properly...

  • Best Bullshit Apology: Fox 45

    Back in December amid protests in Baltimore surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the slime balls over at Baltimore’s Fox affiliate ran a clip of activist Tawanda Jones—whose brother, Tyrone West, died in police custody in Baltimore in July of 2013—chanting, “We won’t stop/ We...

  • Best Blackface: Bobby Berger

    Over the summer, Ebony magazine exposed a fundraiser for the so-called “Baltimore Six”—the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray—which would feature Bobby Berger, a former cop and Al Jolson impersonator, at Michael’s Eighth Avenue. Berger, who performs as Jolson in blackface and...

  • Best Eye in the Sky: FBI During the uprising

    About a week after the Baltimore Uprising settled and the curfew ended, the FBI copped to providing three surveillance aircraft to fly over Baltimore, supposedly to look out for violence only. According to spokesperson Amy Thoreson they weren’t spying on protesters or anything. “The FBI aircraft...

  • Best Organizers: The West Family

    On July 18, 2013, Tyrone West was pulled over by the Baltimore Police and died in custody. Since then, the West family and friends, led by Tyrone West’s sister Tawanda Jones, have gathered every Wednesday since to keep his memory alive and put pressure on the BPD long after the officers involved...

  • Best Tribute to a Legend: "Blaster" Al Ackerman Way

    425 E. 31st St., (410) 243-6888, normals.com Poet, painter, storyteller, mail artist, book seller, corn smoker, and prankster Blaster Al Ackerman made us laugh harder at a reading than anyone else had. At 70-something years old, he was reciting prank calls he had done while working at Normals Books...

  • Best Misuse of a Word: Thug

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s snafu followed by a formal apology for calling Baltimore City protesters “thugs” highlighted one of the city’s most pressing problem: the disconnect between city leadership and Baltimore’s struggling populace needs to be repaired. Destroying property and stealing is wrong,...

  • Best Commentary: Barry Rascovar

    In late June when a lot of us were so filled with rage at Larry Hogan’s cavalier dismissal of the promised Red Line without an alternative, distributing funds earmarked for the city projects to highways throughout the state (see “Best Looting of West Baltimore”), that we could barely spit out coherent...

  • Best Hef: Steve Geppi

    If his Facebook posts are to be believed, Geppi—the owner of Baltimore magazine, Diamond Comic Distributors, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, and, at one point, part of the Orioles—is living a hilariously lecherous lifestyle. The regular posts of Geppi posing poolside with bikini-clad women a third...

  • Best Bizarre Product Placement: Geico Fly-overs at Freddie Gray protests

    n April 25, thousands of protesters poured into War Memorial Plaza to protest Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, they were met with hordes of local and national reporters, dozens of police lined up in front of City Hall, and—wait a minute, is that a Geico plane?? “Save Money,” read the giant...

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