Readers Poll 2011 - News and Media

Best Politician1) Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

2) Martin O’Malley

3) Mary Pat Clarke

Best Politician in Need of a Slap Upside the Head1) Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

2) Sheila Dixon

3) Martin O’Malley

Best Do-Gooder1) Adam Van Bavel

2) Mary Pat Clarke

3) Steve Vilnet

Best Troublemaker1) Sheila Dixon

2) Tom Kiefaber

3) Denise Whiting

Best Local Eccentric1) John Waters

2) Leroy Moore

3) Tom Kiefaber

Best Local Cause1) Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) (301 Stockholm St., [410] 396-4695, baltimoreanimalshelter.org)

2) Chesapeake Bay Foundation

3) Maryland SPCA

Best Local Scandal1) Hontroversy

2) Police towing scam

3) The Conaways

Best Local Issue You’re Sick Of1) Grand Prix

2) Hontroversy

3) Crime

Best Use of Taxpayer Funds1) Education

2) Charm City Circulator

3) Improving roads

Best Misuse of Taxpayer Funds1) Grand Prix

2) Sheila Dixon

3) Paying politicians

Best Journalist1) Justin Fenton (The Sun)

2) Dan Rodricks (The Sun)

3) (tie) Julie Scharper (The Sun) and Bret McCabe (City Paper)

Best Local Publication1) City Paper

2) Urbanite

3) Baltimore magazine

Best Overlooked Story1) Homelessness

2) Crime

3) zillion-way tie

Best Local Blog1) The City That Breeds (citythatbreeds.com)

2) Baltimore Brew

3) Bmore Musically Informed

Best Local Twitter Feed1) @justin_fenton

2) @BaltimorePolice

3) @BaltimoreMD

Best Baltimore-Related Web Site1) citypaper.com

2) baltimoresun.com

3) whatweekly.com

Best Local Radio Personality1) Weasel (WTMD-FM)

2) Marc Steiner (WEAA-FM)

3) (tie) Dan Rodricks (WYPR-FM) and Ed Norris (WJZ-FM)

Best Local TV Newsperson1) Stan Stovall (WBAL)

2) Denise Koch (WJZ)

3) Kai Jackson (WJZ)

Best Meteorologist1) Bob Turk (WJZ)

2) Tony Pann (WBAL)

3) Tom Tasselmyer (WBAL)

Best Local Sportscaster1) Mark Viviano (WJZ)

2) Keith Mills (WBAL)

3) Gerry Sandusky (WBAL)

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