Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition Director/Co-Host, Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

You can hear Nathan from 5:29am to 3pm on weekdays, giving you news headlines, weather, and interviews during Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.  He also co-hosts WYPR's Friday morning Spotlight on Station North.Before coming to WYPR in September of 2005, Nathan Sterner spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington--where he worked his way up from a part-time receptionist to an on-air personality, with stints in promotions, fundraising, and program production along the way.  He's also worked on fundraising projects for 40+ public radio stations around the country.Nathan originally hails from rural Perry County, Pennsylvania; he now lives in Baltimore with his Significant Other and a handful of cats.  Well, more than a handful, actually.

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8:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Monday’s Bill-Signing, Baltimore County’s Budget, Campaign Endorsements, & Phelps’ Return

Swimmer Michael Phelps.
Credit rubyshoes via flickr

Governor Martin O’Malley signed dozens of bills into law on Monday, including measures addressing distracted driving, marijuana, and domestic violence. Plus: campaign endorsements, Baltimore County’s budget, and Olympian Michael Phelps’ return to competitive swimming.

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Headlines
8:08 am
Mon April 14, 2014

A Bill-Signing Ceremony, Sunday Hunting, A Profile Of Heather Mizeur, and “Ghana At A Glance”

A white-tailed deer in the Maryland woods.
Credit Nathan Sterner / WYPR

Governor Martin O’Malley is set to sign more than 100 bills into law today, including one that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Groups call on O’Malley to veto bills that would expand Sunday hunting. Plus, a profile Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Heather Mizeur, the latest installment in our “Ghana At A Glance” series, and more.

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Headlines
8:10 am
Fri April 11, 2014

FEMA Aid, Foreclosures, Baltimore-Area Unemployment, and Marijuana Decriminalization

WYPR's front steps are blanketed in snow during the mid-February storm.
Credit Nathan Sterner / WYPR

President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for Maryland in connection with the snowstorm of February 12th and 13th, qualifying the state for aid from FEMA. Plus: foreclosures, Baltimore-area unemployment, marijuana decriminalization, invasive catfish, street sweeping, skyscraper plans, and more.

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Headlines
8:44 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Guns Released Without Background Checks, Medicare Payments, & A Profile Of Doug Gansler

Credit Jon Whitton via flickr

More data is coming out about the guns released without background checks over the past year, due to a massive backlog in background check requests and a loophole in Maryland’s gun sale law. Plus: Medicare payments, a look back at the 2014 General Assembly session, a profile of state Attorney General (and Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Doug Gansler, and more.

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Headlines
8:31 am
Wed April 9, 2014

A Bill-Signing Ceremony, A Strike At Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Prayer At Carroll County Meetings

Senate President Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley, and House Speaker Mike Busch sign laws a day after the 2014 General Assembly session ended.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

110 bills passed during the just-finished General Assembly session have been signed into law. A service and maintenance workers’ strike at Johns Hopkins Hospital has begun. Sectarian prayers at Carroll County Commissioners meetings have been suspended. Plus: O’Malley’s legislative legacy, Clinton endorses Brown, tree-planting incentives in Ocean City, and more.

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Headlines
8:29 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Legislative Session Ends, A Vote On “Ban The Box” Is Delayed, & A Conversation With The Governor

House Speaker Mike Miller in House of Delegates as confetti and balloons mark the end of the legislative session.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

We round up some of what was accomplished (and what wasn’t) in the just-finished session of the General Assembly, on issues including the minimum wage, marijuana, distracted driving, grain alcohol, and the film tax credit. Plus: a vote on Baltimore’s “ban the box” bill is again delayed, “smoke testing” is underway in Charm City sewers, and a conversation with Governor Martin O’Malley.

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Headlines
8:21 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Obama Visits MD & Lawmakers Rush To Pass Bills On Final Day Of The 2014 General Assembly Session

Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

The General Assembly wraps up its 2014 session tonight at midnight; still on the agenda include bills dealing with the state’s minimum wage, marijuana decriminalization, medical marijuana, and bail hearings. Lawmakers have passed the state’s FY15 operating budget, a bill creating a hybrid school board for Baltimore County, and a measure dealing with dog bite liability. Plus: a preview of todays’ Baltimore City Council meeting, President Obama’s visit to MD, and more…

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Headlines
8:15 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Minimum Wage, Marijuana, Speed Cameras, Dog Bite Liability, Stormwater Fees, & Ghana At A Glance

Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

A look at bills either approved or under consideration by the General Assembly, on matters from the minimum wage to marijuana decriminalization to speed cameras to dog bite liability to underage casino gambling to stormwater fees. Plus, our series “Ghana At A Glance,” Brown files an election law complaint against Gansler, and the OC Air Show. And more…

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Headlines
8:26 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Minimum Wage, Marijuana Decriminalization, “Jake’s Law,” & The State Center Redevelopment

Maryland State House in Annapolis.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

The State Senate advances a bill to raise MD’s minimum wage. The House Judiciary Committee votes to create a task force to study marijuana decriminalization. Plus: “Jake’s Law,” the State Center redevelopment, the PSC examines rate hikes, prayer at Carroll County Commissioners’ meetings, and more.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tracking the Ospreys

Woody, one of the ospreys being tracked.
Credit Lance Jordan

Nathan Sterner talks with John Rodenhausen of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about tracking the ospreys

It's a long way from the Chesapeake Bay to Venezuela. More than 2,000 miles. But it's a trip made twice a year by ospreys. They summer in our region, and spend the winter where it's warmer. 

The birds are making their journey back to our region from South America right now, and the Chesapeake Bay is tracking the progress of four of them with the Osprey Tracking Project. 

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