- 2018 American Jewish Press Association Simon Rockower National Award, 1st Place in Division, Award of Excellence in Writing about Jewish Heritage and Jewish Peoplehood in Europe for “13 driver’s licenses: The discovery of 80-year-old documents in Germany changes lives in Baltimore,” Baltimore Jewish Times. December 2018. (Comment: The author doesn’t simply report on discovery of these historic driver’s licenses in Germany. She delves into what they reveal the impact on those in Germany who researched and displayed them and the meaning they have for descendants in the U.S. A significant amount of reporting went into this article, and it paid off.)
- 2018 American Jewish Press Association Simon Rockower National Award, 2nd Place in Division, Award for Excellence in Arts and Criticism News and Features – Reporting, for “The Book of Joseph: Play inspired by resilient family’s wartime letters,” Baltimore Jewish Times. May 2018. (Comment: Fascinating examination of this family’s story and the complications involved in turning these letters and history into a cohesive production.)
- 2018 MDDC Press Association Award, Best of Show and 1st Place in Division, Arts/Entertainment Reporting, for “The Book of Joseph” Baltimore Jewish Times, May 2018
- 2018 MDDC Press Association Award, 2nd Place in Division, Arts/Entertainment Reporting, for “Connecting Different Worlds” Baltimore Jewish Times, March 2018
- 2018 MDDC Press Association Award, General News Story, 1st Place, with Marc Shapiro for “‘It’s a Horror,’ Baltimore mourns, stands in solidarity with Pittsburgh, Baltimore Jewish Times, November 2018
- 2018 MDDC Press Association Award, Feature Story: Non-Profile, 1st Place, for “13 Driver’s Licenses” Baltimore Jewish Times, December 2018
- 2018 MDDC Press Association Award, Wild Card: Guns in Communities, 2nd Place, for “Aiming High,” Baltimore Jewish Times, March 2018
- 2018 MDDC Press Association Award, Religion Reporting, 2nd Place, for “Believing in Baltimore,” Baltimore Jewish Times, August 2018
- 2017 MDDC Press Association Award, Feature Story: Profile, 1st Place, for “Flipping the Script,” Baltimore Jewish Times, December 2017
- 2017 American Jewish Press Association Simon Rockower Award, 1st Place, Award of Excellence in Writing About Jewish Heritage and Jewish Peoplehood in Europe, for “The Ship That Launched a Nation,” Baltimore Jewish Times, July 2017. (Comment: Strong reporting, using secondary sources in addition to the interview with the primary subject, a local man who was profiled, and well-done research. Comprehensive and compelling writing tells the back story to explain the “why” about the man’s memorial project, and makes the reader care about it.)
I began working as a journalist again in April 2017, after a five-year hiatus, when then Baltimore Jewish Times editor Marc Shapiro asked if I’d be interested in freelancing for the weekly news magazine. I jumped at the chance. I missed being a reporter from 2012-2017 and appreciated Marc’s thinking of me when he had some freelance budget to burn. In July of 2017, I began working full-time at the Jewish Times and in two years won 11 regional and national awards for my writing there. I left the Jewish Times in July of 2019, and am looking forward to seeing where my writing career takes me next…
The photo at left is of the last two issues of the Community Times that I worked on, after 13 years with the suburban Baltimore weekly — 11.5 years as a reporter and 1.5 years as editor — from 1999 to 2012. They are signed by all the guys in the pressroom who made the paper happen.
When I started at the paper following my 20-year film career, there was a staff of about 10. When I quit in 2012, after years of staff reductions, contraction of our service and delivery areas, and moving from an elegant broadsheet to a tab, there was a staff of one. Me. And the paper, so diminished, was no longer the newspaper that it once was.
Published by the daily Carroll County Times, the Community Times was eventually absorbed by The Sun Media group (owners of the The Baltimore Sun) when CCT was bought by the media conglomerate and was, a few years later, shut down. Somewhere during these permutations, the Community Times electronic archives seem to have disappeared from the internet and are not available through The Sun website. So, almost none of my (approximately) 1,900 or so stories have survived.
I’m hoping to dig up a few of the more memorable to post here:
- Lawmakers, Americans split on immigration; April 5, 2006
- Catonsville Nine incident had roots in chaotic times; May 14, 2008 (Part of a series of stories looking back on major events of 1968)
- ‘My Grandmother’s Trunk’ unlocks trove on black life; Feb. 29,2012
- Just Trying to Help Horses; Feb 1, 2012
(These two survived and are available at the Carroll County Times)
- Glyndon: Strange mammal on tape; July 6, 2004
- Mystery creature nets Glyndon man national attention; July 28 04
(These two found their way onto an unexplained phenomena site, scroll down the page to find the second one.)