Former Newspapermen Reflect on the Industry

Two of Baltimore’s most prestigious newspapers were shut down over 20 years ago. The Baltimore News-American folded in 1986. The Baltimore Evening Sun ran its final edition in 1995. Soon after, the Baltimore Sun lost more than half its newsroom as a result of layoffs and buyouts.

In the stories below, current and former Baltimore reporters and editors address the state of news today and look back on their careers working for newspapers.


The Changing Face of Local News Michael Olesker

Michael Olesker, former columnist for both The News-American and Evening Sun papers, discusses the state of print journalism and the role that TV news played in contributing to its decline. Read what he had to say.


A Paperless SocietyRafael shows his Baltimore pride

Former Sun writers Rafael Alvarez and Steve Auerweck discuss the future of journalism and describe how The Sun has altered its coverage over the last decade. Read here to share their insights.




Messengers of Charm CityFormer writers meet at Romans Place

Every Friday, writers of Baltimore’s past and present meet at Roman’s Place, a restaurant near Patterson Park. Over lunch, they share memories of their glory days and share their thoughts on how news has changed over time. Continue reading about these former Baltimore reporters.




Newspapers in MarylandSteve Auerweck talks about the Baltimore Sun. Al Forman discusses his experience working in news.


About Zach Sparks

Zach Sparks is an aspiring journalist with interests in a multitude of different areas including news, human interest stories and sports. A Towson University graduate, he recently served as a Features intern with the Baltimore Sun, a writer for Baltimore Post-Examiner and a public relations intern with Lawrence Howard & Associates.
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