Bret Jaspers

Bret worked as an organizer, actor, and New York City waiter before he began his career as a radio producer. Past production work has been with WNYC’s On the Media, The Brian Lehrer Show, and Soundcheck, as well as with Wisconsin Public Radio. The Ravens won the Super Bowl one month after he moved to Baltimore, but he graciously declines the credit.


8:35 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The Unique Political Position Of Peter Franchot

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D).

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:58 pm

Despite a strong Republican showing in last week's election, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot easily won his bid to retain his seat. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about Franchot's unique place in the state Democratic party.

12:13 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Md. Anti-Gerrymandering Activists Take It To The Streets, Literally

Compression socks.
Bret Jaspers WYPR

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:05 am


Creative races have become a fad world-wide.  Over the weekend, Maryland’s third congressional district served as the course for yet another: the Gerrymander Meander. About 20 people ran, biked, kayaked and motor-boated a relay that traced the district, for a combined 225 miles.

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10:16 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Feds Declare Winner In Auction For Maryland Offshore Wind Leases

England's Thanet Wind Farm.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:25 pm

Energy company US Wind Inc, a subsidiary of the Italian company Renexia, won Tuesday's auction to develop wind farms on federal waters ten nautical miles off the coast of Ocean City.

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9:44 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Maryland Offshore Wind Industry Takes the Next Step

Offshore wind turbines in the North Sea.

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 8:28 am

The federal government holds an auction Tuesday for two leases to develop wind farms in federal waters off Ocean City.

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9:23 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Lollar Hopes to Defy The Odds With Gubernatorial Bid

GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar (left) with (l-r) Art Fifer, his daughter Joy Hutter, a Lollar volunteer, and Fifer's sister Pixie Flynn, co-owner of Anne Arundel Seafood in Pasadena.
Bret Jaspers WYPR

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:52 am

  “Maryland’s not so big until you have to travel it just about every day,” said Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar on the campaign trail recently.

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6:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Maryland Jobs Numbers For March: Meh

Governor O'Malley (right) and Domino Sugar refinery manager Stu FitzGibbon in January.

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 4:02 pm

Today the federal government announced March jobs numbers for states and localitiesThe Bureau of Labor Statistics said that Maryland added 2,3oo jobs in March, and that February’s reported loss of 600 jobs was revised to a 1,000 job gain. Both months helped to make up for the 6,100 jobs lost in January.

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3:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

State Scores High In Pew Elections Review

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 3:58 pm

Maryland was a top performer in a review of 2012 election data released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit research organization.

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12:45 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

"Main Street" Project May Accelerate Change In Remington

Baltimore Glass Company, at the corner of Remington Avenue and 27th Street.
Bret Jaspers WYPR

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 5:18 am

Just three blocks north of a planned Walmart, a second project hopes to be the neighborhood’s “Main Street.” 

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8:03 am
Wed October 30, 2013

How Health Care Reform May Affect The Undocumented

Baltimore residents participate in Zumba class at Mueveton Por Tu Familia, a health fair held October 19th in Patterson Park.

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:51 am

While many are trying to wade through the glitches in Maryland’s online health insurance exchange, there’s one specific group that won’t be able to get insurance, no matter what: undocumented immigrants.

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8:56 am
Tue October 29, 2013

'Revenge Porn' Laws, Sandy Aid, and Orioles Up For Gold Gloves

Attorney General candidate and state Del. Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County).
Credit mdfriendofhillary via flickr

Tuesday headlines from around the region.

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