Kathleen Cahill | WYPR

Kathleen Cahill

Producer, Midday

Kathleen is a producer for Midday With Tom Hall.  Previously, she was a producer for Maryland Morning and, before that,  a freelance radio reporter  for the WYPR newsroom.  She was for many years an editor at The Washington Post – on the Foreign Desk;  at Outlook  (The Post’s Sunday commentary section) and as a special projects editor for the Post’s Financial Desk.

Kathleen lived in Turkey for a couple of years in the ‘90s as Time Magazine’s stringer for the region and as deputy editor of  Dateline Turkey, an English-language weekly newspaper based in Istanbul.   (Sadly, her Turkish is rusty now, but if you know a few words, please stop by and say merhaba.)Early in her career, Kathleen was a frequent contributor to CFO, The Economist’s monthly magazine for financial executives, and a staff writer for Bostonia Magazine.

She is a graduate of Boston University and also attended University College Dublin, in Ireland.  She was a visiting media fellow at Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Journalism and Democracy and attended the wonderful Stanford Publishing Course.   She is the editor of two books.


We start today with some expert assessments of where things stand in the extraordinary 2016 US presidential campaign, with just 10 months to go before the November 8th national elections.  The Iowa caucuses are on Monday, leading off a season of primary elections that will culminate this summer with the Republican and Democratic Parties' nominating conventions.  Once again, it’s in to be out of the mainstream.  That might be good news for  candidates Trump, Cruz and Sanders, but Clinton, Rubio and Bush can take comfort in polls showing that large percentages of Iowa voters have yet to make up their minds about who should succeed Barack Obama in the White House.

Helping us to make sense of the 2016 presidential campaigns at this important juncture are three seasoned political observers: Jenna Johnson is covering the Trump campaign for the Washington Post.  She joins Tom on the phone from Des Moines, Iowa, along with studio guests E.R. Shipp, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and journalist-in-residence at Morgan State University, and Lester Spence, author and political science professor at Johns Hopkins University.


Today, we continue our series of conversations with candidates for Mayor of Baltimore City.  Nick Mosby joins us today.  In 2011, he was elected to represent the 7th District on the Baltimore City Council.  Last spring, he and his wife, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, garnered national attention during the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.  Now, he has entered a crowded race for Mayor.  I’ll ask Nick Mosby about his vision for the City.

Then, the US Department of Agriculture has issued a new set of Dietary Guidelines.  Think about that:  is the Department of Agriculture, which regulates the meat and dairy industry, for example, the best agency to suggest guidelines about how much meat and dairy we should all eat?  Our Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel, is here to help us sort it all out.  

Nick Mosby Campaign Website

*On April 13th Nick  Mosby announced that he is suspending his campaign for mayor. Mosby has endorsed State Sen. Catherine Pugh. 

We continue our weekly series of conversations with people who have announced their candidacy for the office of Mayor of Baltimore. Today, Tom's guest is Nick Mosby. He is a Democrat. He is several weeks away from his 36th birthday. He lives in Reservoir Hill with his wife, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and their two young daughters.

After graduating from Tuskeegee University with a degree in electrical engineering, Nick Mosby worked in the utility industry, first as a network engineer with Verizon, and later as a senior project manager for BGE. In 2011, he was elected to represent West Baltimore's 7th district on the City Council.  Among his notable initiatives as a councilman was passage of the “Ban the Box” legislation, which allows ex-felons in Baltimore City to disclose their conviction later in the hiring process when they apply for jobs.  He has released a 15-point plan for the future of Baltimore, on issues ranging from education and good governance to blight and economic equity. You can read more here. 

Tonight at 5:30, there will be a forum of mayoral candidates at the Impact Hub at the Center Theater in Station North. If you can’t make it in person, it will be live-streamed. Next week, Tom's guest will be Democratic mayoral candidate and Baltimore businessman David Warnock.

Wide Angle Youth Media

The Maryland General Assembly is 10 days deep into this year’s session.  WYPR’s Annapolis reporter Rachel Baye and Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith join me to recap some of the early action, including efforts to overturn a veto on voting rights for felons.

Then, Mark Hyman drops in to talk about the big money the Orioles have thrown at first baseman Chris Davis, the big splash in the Big Ten made by the University of MD men’s basketball team, the big game in its 50th year, and a big loss for the city of St. Louis. 

Plus- students from Wide Angle Youth Media explore “food deserts” in Baltimore, and: more and more shoppers are looking to update their wardrobe in consignment stores.  Fashionista Zoey Washington Sheff shares some tips for finding treasures in the resale racks.

Sheila Dixon Campaign Website

Today we continue our series of conversations with people who have announced their intention to run for Mayor of Baltimore. As of January 20th, 8 Democrats, 2 Republicans, 1 Green Party candidate, 2 Independents, and 5 Unaffiliated candidates have registered with the Board of Elections to be on the April 26th mayoral primary ballot. At least 4 candidates have opened campaign headquarters and have been actively campaigning, but have yet to file with the Board of Elections. Their deadline to do so is two weeks from today, on February 3rd. Each Wednesday for the next several weeks, we’ll take some time here on Maryland Morning to speak with candidates about their visions for the city.

Tom's guest today is Sheila Dixon. She is a Democrat. She is 62 years old, and lives in Hunting Ridge on the city's west side. Ms. Dixon is currently working with the Maryland Minority Contractors Association. She was first elected to the City Council in 1987. She served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 2007-2010, until she resigned following a misdemeanor conviction for fraudulent misappropriation of gift cards given to her by some real estate developers.

Sheila Dixon Campaign Website


Today, we continue our conversations with candidates for Mayor of Baltimore City.  Sheila Dixon joins me in Studio A.  In the late 90s she became the first African American woman elected as the President of the City Council, and in 2007, she became the first African American woman to become Mayor.  Her story after that is well-known: she resigned in 2010 after a conviction and an Alford plea.  She has entered a crowded race asking for a second chance.  I’ll ask her about her vision for the City.

Then, the award-winning local writer Kathy Flann introduces us to some of the quirky characters who populate her new collection of short stories.  Get a Grip explores Baltimore from the perspective of people who often live on the margins, and who flavor the city with funky charm.

This morning, as we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we want to focus on where the Civil Rights movement is today, as well as the current state of some of the city’s most important Civil Rights landmarks. But first, let’s start with a look back at the history of the movement here in Maryland. In the early years of the movement, men often overshadowed the women who played pivotal roles as activists and organizers. Last week, Tom spoke with two women who were front and center in the fight for equal rights.

First, Dr. Helena Hicks. She grew up in Sandtown-Winchester, and she has spent a lifetime agitating for civil rights. She was involved in an action at Read’s Drug Store in Baltimore in 1955. Tom asked her to take us back to that chilly morning as she waited for a bus to take her to school at what is now Morgan State University.

Then, Tom turned to Civil Rights Activist Gloria Richardson. She was part of the Cambridge Movement in the 1960s on the Eastern Shore of Maryland – an area that she has compared to living in the Deep South. She helped organize the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee.

Baltimore Heritage

Why are so many of Baltimore’s civil rights landmarks neglected, and unprotected? Eli Pousson joins Tom to talk about what can be done to save these landmarks. He is Director of Preservation and Outreach at Baltimore Heritage, a nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. 


Sagamore Development

Our monthly series, The Accountability Index, continues this morning with a closer look at the Port Covington project that Under Armour 's CEO Kevin Plank is proposing.  It’s one of the biggest waterfront developments in Baltimore since the Inner Harbor.  But are private developers driving the planning?  Tom talks about that with Baltimore Brew reporters Fern Shen and Ed Gunts.

Then, as temperatures plummet, a status report on efforts to care for the thousands of Baltimoreans who are homeless this winter.  Dr. Jaquelyn Duval-Harvey, the director of the Mayor’s Office on Human Services, and Kevin Lindamood, the CEO of Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore, join Tom in the studio to discuss new strategies for helping people deal with housing insecurity.

And as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates its centennial, Tom talks with BSO oboist and author Michael Lisicky, whose new book, A Century of Sound, chronicles the first hundred years of this cultural colossus.

Under Armour

We begin today with this month’s installment of the Accountability Index, our series with reporters from the Baltimore Brew, in which we examine issues of fiscal and policy accountability in state and local government.  We began this series in November and discussed construction delays and budget overages on local road projects.  Last month, reporter Mark Reutter told us about the status of Baltimore’s audit process.  This morning, Fern Shen, the editor and publisher of the Baltimore Brew, and Ed Gunts, a reporter with long experience covering planning and architectural issues, join Tom to talk about a massive development project in Port Covington being proposed by the Sagamore Development Company, the real estate arm of Under Armour and its CEO, Kevin Plank.