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Banjos & Bibles: Arnold Taylor '51 Led a Colorful and Generous Life

Rev. Arnold G. Taylor ’51 spent four years on Pacific University’s campus, but he seemed to be present for much longer, even as his life took him to distant places and new callings.

Taylor, who died this spring at the age of 93, led a rich and interesting life before and after leaving Pacific. And throughout his life, he demonstrated his loyalty to his friends, to his ideals and to the university.

Before enrolling at Pacific, he was drafted into the Army in Providence, R.I., in August 1943, when he turned 18.

"What I had hoped for was to be an aviator. However, a quirk in my color perception disqualified me for that dream job,” he wrote in A Military History Narrative of Arnold Godfrey Taylor, a copy of which is in an office in Marsh Hall. “I asked if I could jump into the fight. One look at me and they laughed. I was a skinny kid, weighing only 120 lbs. One thought that if I were to jump out in a prevailing eastward wind that I would float into Berlin before anyone else — unless the parachute was weighted down with cannonballs, which may make for a loud landing and attract attention.”

Attribution: Mike Francis,
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The Rev. James M. ‘Mike’ Coram, who had dual careers as an Episcopal priest and a newspaperman, dies - November 15, 2019

The Rev. James M. Coram worked in The Sun's
Howard and Carroll bureaus.
The Rev. James M. “Mike” Coram, who had dual careers as an Episcopal priest and a Baltimore Sun newspaperman, died Nov. 15 of complications from a blood infection at Mercy Medical Center. The Columbia resident was 80.

“Mike was a straightforward reporter, and the best thing I can say about him was that he had a great wit,” said William T.M. Grigg, a former Washington Star reporter and newspaper colleague. “Then he chucked his newspaper career and went into the ministry and then came back to newspapers when he joined The Baltimore Sun.”

“Mike was a wonderful guy, and we called him ‘Captain’ in those days when we were kids in the Howard County bureau,” said Mike James, a former Baltimore Sun editor who is now national editor for USA Today. “His beat was government, but he was a jack of all trades and could cover anything.”

Anne Haddad, a North Baltimore resident, was a reporter with Mr. Coram in The Sun’s Westminster bureau, where they were staff reporters on the paper’s old Carroll Sun zoned edition.

BELATED: Samuel Linden Johnson (January 8, 1955 - November 24, 2014)

Samuel Linden Johnson, a longtime resident of Alexandria, Virginia passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the age of 59. Lindy was born on January 8, 1955 in Washington, DC, the first son of S. Linden and Veronica Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Veronica (Rodgers) Johnson in 1980 and S. Linden Johnson in 2001.

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Charles Thomas Alexander - Professor Emeritus, Assistant City Editor - November 15, 2019

Professor emeritus, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, passed away November 15, 2019 in Alexandria, VA at 91. A long-time Alexandria resident, he is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth Brown Alexander; daughters Elizabeth "Liza" Alexander Marshall (John) of Arlington, VA; Lucy Alexander Murphy (Braden) of Potomac, MD; grandchildren Charlie and Emma Marshall.
Born in Minneapolis, MN on September 21, 1928 to Dr. Charles Thomas and Mary Stinson Alexander. His family home was in Mount Vernon IN. He received his BA from Duke University in 1950. After two years military service during the Korean War, Ft. Belvoir, VA, and two years studying at Boston University School of Theology, he obtained an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He began his journalism career with the Washington Star (1956-61) as assistant city editor, followed by managing editor of the Wilmington (DE) Morning News and Evening Journal (1961-66), and editor and publisher of the Dayton (OH) Journal Herald. He returned to Washington, DC in 1975 as professor of journalism and director of the Medill News Service, retiring in 1994.

He had a lifelong love of sports, music, theater, travel and the church, serving as elder of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church for over 30 years. A memorial service will be held at Georgetown Presbyterian Church Jan 4, 2020 at 2 pm. Interment in 2020 at Christ Church, St. Simon's Island, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 22, 2019

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Legendary Columbia West Coast A&R exec RON OBERMAN has passed away

from Michael Oberman

Ron Oberman 8/28/1943 to 11/21/2019

Ron started as a copyboy at age eighteen in 1961.  He quickly moved to the position of dictationist.  From 1964 to 1967, Ron wrote the weekly Top Tunes column in addition to general assignment reporting.

In 1967, Ron went to work at Mercury Records in Chicago as Director of Publicity.  Later, Ron became VP of A & R (artists and repertoire) at Columbia Records.  After a long stint at Columbia, Ron became Executive VP of A & R at MCA Records.  When he retired from MCA, Ron played poker.  Ron passed peacefully in his sleep in Reno, NV.
Legendary COLUMBIA WEST COAST A&R exec RON OBERMAN has passed away.  During his storied career OBERMAN helped shape the careers of artist like DAVID BOWIE, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, THE BANGLES, TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, WARRANT, WILDERNESS ROAD, MARTIKA and many others.

OBERMAN had been suffering from dementia for the last decade. Details on services are pending.
David Bowie didn’t start his first trip to the United States with a drug-filled party or a wild show, but instead with a quiet evening at the home of a Maryland Jewish family.

The now-iconic English rocker had just released the album “The Man Who Sold the World,” which built on the success of his popular “Space Oddity” album in Europe. But he wasn’t yet a household name in the States when his first US tour was set to kick off in January 1971.

Bowie’s North American publicist, Ron Oberman of Mercury Records, invited him to stay at his parents in Silver Spring for a night before setting out to play shows in cities from New York to Los Angeles.

Star Alum Attend Faye Haskins Talk

From Joan Anderson

I went to Faye's talk at the Georgetown Library and it was quite good and well attended.

Here are a few photos from the talk.

Faye, during the reading,
Jack Kauffmann's son with Mike Mossetig and Joy Billington Doty in the foreground
Tom Crosby shaking hands with Joy
Harvey Kabaker and Abby Chapple

Tom Crosby shaking hands with Joy

Faye, during the reading

Jack Kauffmann's son with Mike Mossetig and Joy Billington Doty in the foreground
Harvey Kabaker and Abby Chapple

Merrill Brown - The News Project’s publishing platform goes live

CEO Merrill Brown  says he founded The News Project to address one of the big problems in the journalism business: “It costs too much to launch and operate news sites.”

It’s an issue that Brown knows well — he’s a former journalist, journalism executive and educator who served as the founding editor in chief of He announced earlier this year that The News Project has raised a six-figure investment from WordPress VIP, and now it’s actually launching with its first customer, the nonprofit site CALmatters, which offers news and analysis around California politics.

Last week, Brown and The News Project’s product lead Miguel Ferrer walked me through what the company does, both for CALmatters and more generally. The company’s pitch, in a nutshell, is to provide a “news business in a box.”

Ferrer explained, “Not only is it what you need for a news business in a box, it’s also understood to be more than a technical toolset, more than a CMS, even as the CMS is ultimately the core of everything.”

Put another way: The News Project has stitched together a publishing platform by working with a number of different partners, offering content management and hosting from WordPress  VIP, website development by 10up, reader engagement tools from Piano, design by Charming Robot and ads by Google Ad Manager. (TechCrunch works with a number of these companies, including WordPress VIP, 10up and Piano.)

Attribution:Anthony Ha,
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Faye Haskins Among 100 Authors At 2019 National Press Club Book Fair, Friday Nov. 1st

FYI: The new history of the Washington Evening Star newspaper is among the books included in the 2019 National Press Club Book Fair, As the author, I will be among the 100 authors to be at the Fair on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5:30-8:30.  For those living in the Washington metro area, please drop by if you can. Thanks.


 P.S. Reminder I will also be giving author talks at the Peabody Room, Georgetown Branch Library on 11/9 at 1pm; and at the Carnegie Library, Historical Society of Washington DC on 11/14 at 6pm.

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Miriam Ottenberg (1914 - 1982)
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Miriam Ottenberg spent two years at Goucher College near Baltimore before transferring to the University of Wisconsin, where she received a B.A. in journalism in 1935. Her first job after college was writing copy for a Chicago advertising agency. A year later, Ottenberg became a reporter in the women's department for the now-defunct Akron Times-Press.

In 1937 Ottenberg joined the Evening Star, a Washington daily. Within her first two years on the job, she launched her first full-fledged newspaper investigation. She broke page one stories and exposés consistently over the years. By 1947 Ottenberg's specialization was the investigation of crime and the conditions fostering it. According to the Star, Ottenberg probed "phony marriage counselors, a multi-state abortion ring, high food prices, juvenile crime, sex psychopaths and dope addicts." In 1958 the Washington law enforcement community honored Ottenberg with a testimonial reception and a plaque crediting her contributions.

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Genevieve Nadig, Meet the Mother of New Hampshire's Midnight Voting Tradition

A personal cartoon given to Genevieve by
Clifford K. Berryman of The Washington Star.
If you follow New Hampshire politics, you’re probably familiar with the ritual of the midnight vote, where a handful of tiny, mostly rural towns stay up late to cast their ballots as soon as election day dawns.

And you would be forgiven for thinking all the credit for this tradition goes to Neil Tillotson, the bespectacled businessman who was so well known as the face of Dixville Notch’s nocturnal vote that he’s honored with his very own bobblehead at the New Hampshire Historical Society gift shop, complete with a ballot box and all.

But New Hampshire’s midnight voting tradition didn’t actually start in Dixville — or with Tillotson. Instead, according to the earliest public record we could find, it started a few miles away, and a few decades earlier, with a 27-year-old woman named Genevieve Nadig.

She was a faithful Republican who delighted in meeting Presidents Nixon and Reagan. Clifford K. Berryman, a famous political cartoonist for The Washington Evening Star, was so enamored after visiting Genevieve he sent her a personalized drawing depicting two stuffed pillows he picked up from her roadside gift shop. That piece still hangs on Rick’s wall today.

“Everybody loved Genevieve,” Rick says. “Everybody.”

Up until the week she died in 1985, Rick says his aunt was still skipping around, vibrant as ever — probably because a tourist just stopped by her shop with a $100 bill.

Attribution: Casey McDermott,
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Faye Haskins Book Reading Schedule, "The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper”

For much of its life, the newspaper you are holding in your hands — or perusing on your computer or smartphone — was nowhere near the best one in Washington. It wasn’t The Washington Post that was thick with ads, peppered with datelines from around the world, full of insider gossip, piercing editorial cartoons and the proclamations of officialdom. It was the Washington Evening Star.

The life of every star is finite, and Washington’s Star was no different. On Aug. 7, 1981, the words “FINAL EDITION” blared from above the paper’s nameplate. It really was.

The life of the paper is recounted in “The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper,” a new book by Faye Haskins, a former archivist and photo librarian in the D.C. Public Library’s Washingtoniana division.

Haskins will be speaking about her book at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Peabody Room at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library and at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Historical Society of Washington in the Carnegie Library.

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OPINION - Despite TIMEly Death, Washington Star Spared NYTimes Shame, Humiliation, Downfall

Kavanaugh's Accuser Max Stier Is Former Clinton Lawyer
“If at first you don’t succeed… try, try again… at least as long as the internet traffic and potential book sales from frustrated liberals continue to hold.”

After this past weekend’s bogus “bombshell” about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, perhaps that line should replace “All the news that is fit to print” as the new motto of the now further diminished and increasingly liberal New York Times.

The once universally respected paper of record published a bizarre opinion piece on a book by two of its reporters who investigated Kavanaugh’s past, in light of the sexual assault allegations levied against him during his intensely contentious confirmation process. The piece, which is weirdly headlined and framed as a look at the Yale University culture at the time Kavanaugh studied there, eventually reveals a “new” allegation against him. It sounds very similar to the one involving Deborah Ramirez, which the authors try mightily to resuscitate, mostly through the use of smoke and mirrors.

The story has been the talk of the internet for the past two days and its “revelations” have been widely copied and pasted by other major news outlets. However, there is absolutely nothing “new” or legitimately credible in the piece, and there are key omissions that should humiliate the Times and, in a rational world, would never have allowed the story to run as it did.

The “second” Yale allegation comes in the form of a male witness, Max Stier, who some 35 years later told investigators during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings that he saw the nominee put his genitals in the face of a woman on campus (importantly, Democrats in the Senate decided not to do anything with this account). There are massive problems with this allegation, however, and how the Times allowed their biased reporters to frame it.

First, according to the reporters’ own book, the alleged victim has no memory of Kavanaugh doing this to her, and yet their article does not make that at all clear. Right there, especially since the information is not new, this accusation should never have been in the Times story. (An update was added to the Times piece late Sunday night noting that the alleged victim “declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.”)

Responsible journalists simply cannot allow such an explosive claim against a highly politicized figure to be levied such an incredibly long time after the alleged event when there is no known victim, and absolutely no contemporaneous account of it happening. But this is still not the worst offense against journalism in the piece.

Steir is hilariously described as a “thought-leader” who works for a D.C. non-profit. The liberal media activists on Twitter — including Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer who first, dubiously, reported on the Ramirez episode after the Christine Ford allegation became public — gushed all over him as someone whose reputation makes him a stellar witness.

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In $180M Deal, TIAA-CREF Takes Washington’s Evening Star Building

The nation’s capital continues to draw eager office buyers. On Wednesday, the giant institutional investor TIAA-CREF closed on the $180 million acquisition of the Evening Star building from KanAm Grund, the Frankfurt-based investment manager, sources familiar with the deal confirmed today.

Located at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, a few blocks from the White House and the National Mall, the fully leased 225,501-square-foot office property (pictured) was the long-time home of the newspaper known most recently as the Washington Star. The building was the newspaper’s  home when it went out of business in 1981. Tenants include Citigroup Inc., International Paper Co., the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and TIAA-CREF itself.

The building’s price is among the highest paid for an office property in Washington, D.C., this year, even though it hardly ranks among the city’s newest office assets. Built in 1898, the Evening Star building is said to be the second-oldest building on Pennsylvania Avenue after the White House. In 1989, the property underwent expansion and renovation.

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Looking for an experimental modern mystery to read at the beach?  Amazon yesterday published an e-book (Kindle) and paperback from Star alumnus Bill Grigg called A PERFECTLY NATURAL MURDER.
It is uniquely told by three participants, a raunchy ex-Marine with post-traumatic stress disorder, a witty woman lawyer — and the dead victim!   It is set in a  insurance company, and Bill reports many of its ideas stem from his late wife, Martha Livdahl, who was the  director of employee publications at GEICO..  (Martha also worked at The Star.  In the book, the discovery of fraud leads to a nearly perfect, "green" murder for which the ex-Marine and the lawyer get blamed, battered and targeted for death themselves.  The imperfect  hero is trying to clean up his car but says, “Give me some slack, please!  It’s not like you never heard the word before!”
You can read a free sample of  A PERFECTLY NATURAL MURDER by Googling  Amazon books, putting in the book’s name and then  clicking on the book’s cover., If you read the book and like it, please leave a review on Amazo, as positive reviews spur sales!
Bill was The Star’s medical writer, covered the Senate and then was press aide and chef of staff for Congressmen Gilbert Gude and Newton Steers.

They begged Frank Lloyd Wright to build them a house they couldn’t afford

The Pope-Leighey House.
(Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress)
Not far from the Pentagon in Northern Virginia, there is a small house nestled into a woodsy and green background — the kind of serene setting you’d imagine on a postcard.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Pope-Leighey House, as it’s known in architectural circles, is a single-story home with a history both odd and a little sad.

While not nearly as famous as Wright masterpieces such as Fallingwater and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the story of the home is a remarkable, revealing tale that foreshadowed how many Americans live today.

It begins with a journalist at a now-defunct newspaper.

His name was Loren Pope.

In the 1930s, Pope was a copy editor at the Washington Evening Star.

“He’s making $50 a week,” said Peter Christensen, a longtime tour guide at the Pope-Leighey home.

That’s certainly not enough to afford a Frank Lloyd Wright house — at least the ones he had been designing at the time, which would run about $650,000 in today’s dollars.

But in 1938, Pope saw Wright on the cover of Time magazine. The splashy story inside was a celebration of Wright nearly completing Fallingwater, a summer mansion in rural Pennsylvania built over a waterfall.

In passing, the article also mentioned that Wright wanted to create Usonian-style homes for middle-class, regular folks — people such as Pope and his wife.

The couple, as it happened, were in the market for a home. They had just bought a plot of land in Falls Church, Va. Pope wasn’t sure what style of house he wanted to build there. Maybe a classic Cape Cod with a white picket fence.

“Loren reads the article. He is smitten,” Christensen said. “He no longer wants that Cape Cod. He wants something more interesting.”

He wants a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Then, he lobbied the architect to build him one, appealing to Wright’s extraordinary ego.

Attribution - Michael S. Rosenwald,
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Diane Woolley Bauer, Investigative Reporter, 1932- 2019

She was a muck-raking investigative reporter, a cab driver, a U. S. Senate press aide, a merchant seaman, and a mother of four who served on Berkeley's Waterfront Commission as well as two terms on the Berkeley City Council. She was briefly hospitalized, and died surrounded by family on June 7th, 2019 after a few years of declining health. She leaves a legacy of extraordinary work both as a journalist and as a Berkeley councilmember dedicated to serving District 5's neighborhoods.

Diane Woolley Bauer's father was a writer with MGM in Los Angeles, where she was born, but had been a commander in the British Royal Navy who served in World War I. He was called back for World War II and stationed in Jamaica, where Diane spent a portion of her young life. After the war the family moved to Washington D.C. where during her college years Diane took a two-week job as a vacation replacement for what was then called a copy girl at the Washington Post and her career as an investigative reporter began.

She became the youngest reporter in Washington D.C. Then-owner of the Post, Eugene Meyer, set aside the rule requiring that reporters have a college degree to put Bauer in charge of what is now called the Style section of the Post covering "politicians, diplomats and debutantes", as she put it, doing the layout and writing an advice column for college girls under her picture and byline. It should go without saying that women were an uncommon part of such workplaces.

She continued to work part-time as a young wife and mother writing ad copy, serving as a U.S. Senate press aide and a campaign director, but excelled as a self-taught journalist. She is credited for doubling the Washington Daily News' Maryland circulation with her hard-driving public interest stories, often scooping the full-timer reporters at the Washington Post and Evening Star. When the Daily News folded into the Evening Star she was one of the few reporters who were kept on. She wrote, investigated, and consulted for public interest research and law firms working special assignments for Newsweek, CBS television, panels, and documentaries such as ABC's "The Paper Prison" specializing in courts, police and prisons, juvenile detention, privacy and records-keeping, and medical ethics. One of her pieces on juvenile offenders' treatment provoked a letter from J. Edgar Hoover defending the FBI's procedures; she kept the letter.

Her work was so thorough it is cited in several books on civil liberties, behavior modification, privacy, and bioethics as well as some Supreme Court cases. Her writing is credited for playing a role in highlighting atrocities and instituting reforms at Maryland's infamous Patuxent Institution where she revealed an expensive behavior modification scandal. Author Nat Hentoff wrote a story about her tireless investigative journalism, including the illumination of "a hitherto hidden form a secret intelligence unit to combat organized crime" which her writing revealed arranged to violate, among other things, privacy laws. The unit had to be scrapped.

Attribution: Carol Denney,
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‘You turn us on and we’re there’: Looking back at 50 years of news on WTOP

2019 audiences have a seemingly insatiable appetite for news on the radio (and on TV and online), but the listeners of 1969 weren’t buying all-news radio early on.

“Most of my mail reflects dissatisfaction with WTOP’s all-news and information format,” wrote Bernie Harrison, TV critic for the Washington Star, days after the switch.

Yet there was promise. About a week later, Harrison saw a “revolutionary” quality to it all: “After 12 staggered hours of listening to WTOP’s new 24-hour nonstop news operation, however, I’m impressed but not precisely bewitched by the phlegmatic performance,” he wrote.

Uh … thanks?

While the station has focused its programming on news for 50 years, it’s only fair to point out there have been diversions. There was a time when WTOP carried the great Larry King’s overnight talk show, and there was some weekend and sports programming.

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Faye Haskins New Book - The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper

The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper is the story of the 129-year history of one of the preeminent newspapers in journalism history when city newspapers across the country were at the height of their power and influence. The Star was the most financially successful newspaper in the Capital and among the top ten in the country until its decline in the 1970s. The paper began in 1852 when the capital city was a backwater southern town. The Star’s success over the next century was due to its singular devotion to local news, its many respected journalists, and the historic times in which it was published. The book provides a unique perspective on more than a century of local, national and international history.

The book also exposes the complex reasons for the Star’s rise and fall from dominance in Washington’s newspaper market. The Noyes and Kauffmann families who owned and operated the Star for a century play an important role in that story. Patriarch Crosby Noyes’ life and legacy is the most fascinating –a classic Horatio Alger story of the illegitimate son of a Maine farmer who by the time of his death was a respected newspaper publisher and member of Washington’s influential elite. In 1974 his descendants sold the once-great newspaper Noyes built to Joseph Allbritton. Allbritton and then Time, Inc. tried to save the Star but failed.

Attribution: Faye Haskins,
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Caboose Added To Sheen Museum In El Paso

The museum contains several of the hundreds of books and articles Sheen authored. There also are copies of magazines which featured articles about him throughout his lifetime, and audio and video tapes of his talks are available for listening and viewing.
Copies of handwritten and typed manuscripts from the Sheen Archives in New York also are at featured along with copies of radio talks from the "Catholic Hour" and newspaper articles from the Washington Star syndicated column "Bishop Sheen Writes."
Attribution: Kevin Barlow,
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Press Release: Washington Examiner hires Fred Barnes as Senior Columnist

The Washington Examiner is delighted to welcome Fred Barnes as a Senior Columnist.

Barnes, who will start work on March 18, was executive editor of The Weekly Standard, which he co-founded in 1995.

Editorial Director Hugo Gurdon says, “It’s of course great news that Fred will be joining the Washington Examiner. He is a superb journalist with boundless energy and a great instinct for news and politics. I could not be more pleased that he is coming on board as Senior Columnist.

From 1985 to 1995, Barnes was senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator.

Barnes appears regularly on the Fox News Channel. From 1988 to 1998 he was a regular panelist on the McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on Nightline, Meet the Press, and Face the Nation.

Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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What's Next For New Yorker Reporter Jane Mayer?

In 1977, Mayer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, where she was a campus stringer and intern for Time; she’d gravitated toward journalism because it sounded fun. She followed a boyfriend to Vermont, where she got a job at the daily newspaper the Rutland Herald. Later, she studied briefly at Oxford, then moved to DC to work as a city reporter at the Washington Star, a scrappy underdog competitor to the Washington Post. It was only then that she began to take her career seriously. (A few years earlier, in what she terms “the least sexually liberated moment of my life,” she’d picked up an application for the Rhodes Scholarship program, only to pass it off to her boyfriend, who was accepted.) When the Star was shuttered in 1981, Mayer landed at the Wall Street Journal.

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TV reporter Pat Collins to speak at Horticultural Luncheon

WINCHESTER — Pat Collins, an Emmy-winning reporter for News4 Washington, will be the featured speaker at the Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon presented by Spring Arbor of Winchester.

The Horticultural Luncheon, one of many events scheduled for the upcoming Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, will be held May 3.

A native of Washington, D.C., Collins’ interest in journalism began at age 15 when he started writing for newspapers. By his 17th birthday, he had a regular column in the Washington Daily News. Collins continued writing at Notre Dame University, where he was one of the founders of the school’s newspaper.

After college, he spent two years in the Army (one in Vietnam) before returning to the Washington Daily News as a police reporter. He also worked for The Washington Star. Collins’ TV broadcast career began in 1973 at Channel 9 (then called WTOP and WDVM) in Washington, D.C. He left Washington in 1980 for station WLS in Chicago only to return to Washington for a three-year stint at WJLA.

Collins joined News4 Washington in 1986 and has covered many big stories, including the career of Marion Barry, the disappearances of Junior Burdynski and Chandra Levy, the death of Len Bias, the aftermath of 9/11 and the 2002 sniper shootings.

Collins’ unique style of reporting has earned him 10 Emmy Awards, two Clarion awards, and a Chesapeake Associated Press Award for “Best Feature Reporter.” In 2006, he was inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He lives in Northwest Washington with his wife. They have three children.

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Society of Illustrators Names 2019 Hall of Fame Recipients - Frank Godwin

Frank Godwin (1889–1959), was an American illustrator and comic strip artist. Born in Washington D.C., Godwin worked as a young man for his father’s paper, The Washington Star. Godwin studied at the Art Students League in NYC. His book illustrations were featured in classic best-sellers Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, Robin Hood and King Arthur. He is most recognized for his comic strips Connie and Rusty Riley. Additionally, he was a prolific editorial and advertising illustrator. A Society of Illustrators vice president, Godwin was also a member of the National Press Club and the Dutch Treat and Salmagundi clubs.

Attribution: Mercedes Milligan,

Born in Washington DC in 1889, Godwin was the son of the city editor of The Washington Star. Self-taught, he began his career as an apprentice on that newspaper. A stint at the Art Students League brought him in contact with James Montgomery Flagg and, by 1908, his work began to appear in humor magazines of the day. By 1915, he was firmly established at Judge doing headings for stories (at right), and even the title page drawing for their annual reprint collection (at left).

While obviously influenced by Flagg (and Charles Dana Gibson), Godwin managed to create a style that was recognizably his and that stood out from both his idols and the mass of clones that were cropping up everywhere. His ability to create tones, especially facial characteristics, with his pen and brush were equal to and in some ways better than Gibson and, I think, obviously superior to Flagg. His use of pen and brush in the same illustration demonstrated an understanding of the medium that set his work apart from his contemporaries. It, combined with his tonal skills, gave his work a depth and weight that was seldom equaled. Walt and Roger Reed in The Illustrator in America 1880-1980 credit some of this realism to his modeling of busts in clay for reference. They don't say when he adopted this practice, but it's unlikely that he was doing this so early in his career.

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Paul Delaney - First black reporter at The Times’s Washington bureau and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists

Mr. Delaney was born in Montgomery, Ala., in 1933. His first exposure to the news business came early — as a teenage paperboy, he handed out copies of The Alabama Journal, and he later started the first news publication at his high school. Mr. Delaney began an English degree at Alabama State University in the ’50s and was drafted after a year and a half. In the United States Army, he became a radio operator; while stationed in France, he communicated news — including the results of Brown v. Board of Education — between different bases.

When Mr. Delaney ultimately graduated from Ohio State University’s journalism school in 1958, he was the only black student out of 15. His first job was at The Atlanta Daily World. Fifty other daily newspapers rejected him.

“At that time, in the late 1950s, I knew things were changing and that I would eventually land a job on a daily somewhere,” he said over email. “I firmly believed that.”

Eventually Mr. Delaney moved to The Washington Star, where he covered local government. In 1969, he was poached by Max Frankel, the head of The Times’s Washington bureau who later became the executive editor, to cover national urban news — from people moving out of inner cities to the oil industry in Houston.

“Bureau chief Max Frankel hired me to be part of four-man ‘urban cluster,’ responsible for covering the rapidly changing American urban landscape,” Mr. Delaney said.

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Stan Rappaport - 2019 Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

Stan Rappaport was having a discussion with his daughter when his question caught the attention of his wife.

“It’s a conversation,” she said to her husband, “not an interrogation.”

The 65-year-old Rappaport can’t help himself. He’s a journalist. One question leads to another that leads to another. Must. Know. Everything.

Rappaport began his career in newspapers in 1965 at the age of 12 delivering the afternoon edition of The Washington Star in his Silver Spring neighborhood. His career ended when he left his position as editor of the Columbia Flier/Howard County Times in 2014.

In between, he worked at the Montgomery County Sentinel, The Washington Star (for three months), The Washington Post (before, during and after Watergate), the Baltimore News American (six years, folded) and The Baltimore Sun (22 years, laid off).

His induction into the Howard County Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame is based on his six years covering girls high school sports in Howard County for The Sun. Rappaport worked tirelessly to produce game stories, notebooks and feature stories. His intent, he said, “was to give girls more coverage than the boys.”

“I was competitive. I wanted to report as often as I could and break stories,” he said.

Covering games was fun because it was unscripted, Rappaport said. “Anything could happen. Sure, there were times when you could predict which team would win, but you didn’t know how it was going to happen. Each game had its own identity.

“Writing features could be more challenging, but the results were worth it,” he continued. “You’re dealing with teenagers, and you always had to remember that.”

Rappaport said he created many friendships with athletes and coaches that he still has today.

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