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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.

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We take a look at public education in Baltimore City, with Dr. David Stone. He is a longtime educator who served on the Baltimore City School Board from 2002 until 2004. He then resigned from the board to become Director of Charter Schools for Baltimore City Public Schools.  In 2008, Mayor Sheila Dixon reappointed him to the school board where he served until September of this year.  Stone was vice chairman of the school board for three years.  

Since 2007 he has also been assistant vice president for Special Education at Kennedy Krieger Institute here in Baltimore. Today, Tom and Dr. Stone are talking about public charter schools in Baltimore City, equity for all public school students and the lack of transparency of the Baltimore City Public Schools budget. 

This  Saturday, Nov. 21, members of Baltimore City's delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates will hold a public hearing on education.  Among the agenda items:  Public charter schools, public schools recommended  for closure and school police.   The meeting will be held at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center from 10 am until 1 pm.  Click here for more information. 

The debate last night in Milwaukee comes just two weeks after the heated Republican debate in Boulder. During and after that debate, the candidates and other Republicans criticized some of the debate questions, calling them politically biased and needlessly confrontational. Do the media outlets that sponsor the debates have too much power, too much influence in deciding the format of the debate, what the questions should be, and even which candidates get to participate?

Joining Tom in the studio to discuss the most recent debate are Dr. Sheri Parks, the Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming in the College of Arts and Humanities, and Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland; E.R. Shipp, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and associate professor at the School of Journalism at Morgan State University; and Richard Cross, a former press secretary and speech writer for Bob Erhlich when he was in Congress and when he served as Governor of Maryland. Now he blogs at Cross Purposes.

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Tom talks with investigative reporter Mark Reutter from Baltimore Brew -- an on-line news source that focuses on local issues -- in the first of a series of occasional conversations with Brew reporters here on  Maryland Morning that we're calling The Accountability Index.  Much of Brew’s coverage has to do with holding local and state officials accountable for a variety of taxpayer expenditures, and our hope is to zero in on certain projects, and explore how public funds are being spent; to find out, simply, if we’re getting our money’s worth. Today, Tom and Mark talk about a couple of controversial Baltimore city road projects.