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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5:18 am
Tue March 18, 2014

School Delays & Local Headlines for March 18, 2014

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Baltimore County schools are on a two-hour delay today, as are schools in Caroline, Howard, and Talbot counties. Plus: MD's unemployment rate, medical marijuana, pre-kindergarten, another data breach, and more.

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Headlines
5:43 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Snow For Saint Patrick's Day

Snow on N. Charles St, outside WYPR's studios, at 5am.
Credit Nathan Sterner / WYPR

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 2 o'clock this afternoon, with 4 to 8 inches of snow likely in most parts of the WYPR listening area. Public schools in the listening area are closed (except for Washington County schools, which are on a 2-hour delay). Many other schedule changes are in effect.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri March 14, 2014

The Gene That Causes Sleep

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Nathan Sterner talks with Hopkins scientist Mark Wu about his research on a gene that affects our sleep cycles.

Lots of people fall asleep at a reasonable hour each night.  But some have trouble falling asleep, and stay awake for a long time.  Scientists at Johns Hopkins may have figured out one reason why. They’ve discovered a gene that affects how the biological clock sets the timing for sleep.  They found that a mutation in the gene affected whether fruit flies could fall asleep—and they know that the same gene exists in humans.

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Headlines
7:58 am
Fri March 14, 2014

MD’s Budget, MD’s Health Care Exchange, Baltimore County’s School Board, and Marijuana Legislation

Students got up close to the tall ship Virginia on a trip to Fox Island, just south of the Maryland border in the Chesapeake Bay.
Credit Pamela D'Angelo / WYPR

The State Senate passes a budget plan for FY-2015. Officials are looking to Connecticut as they work to move forward with the MD's health exchange. The latest on efforts to change the composition of Baltimore County's school board. Plus: marijuana legislation, STEM learning, why local law enforcement agencies respond differently to federal detention requests, and more.

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Headlines
8:28 am
Thu March 13, 2014

A Windy Thursday, MD’s Budget, Marijuana Legislation, and The Shooting At The Mall In Columbia

A Wind Advisory is in effect for Thursday morning, with gusts up to 50 mph possible. The State Senate gives preliminary approval to a state budget for FY-15. New details on the January shooting at the Mall in Columbia. Plus: college tuition, marijuana legislation, the UMD data breach, the reopened Maryland House, and more.

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Headlines
12:13 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Investigation Into MD's Health Exchange, Education News, & Development In Remington

A look at the planned federal review of MD's health insurance exchange. Education news from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Anne Arundel County. Plus: development in Baltimore's Remington, a bill that would shield some criminal records, and much more.

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Headlines
12:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Pre-K, MD's Health Exchange, Annapolis's Budget, & The Baltimore City Council

Reactions to the federal investigation of MD's online health insurance exchange, O'Malley's pre-K proposal, Annapolis's budget, the statute of limitations for handgun crimes, a look at Monday night's Baltimore City Council meeting, the Walmart slated to come to Remington, and more.

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Headlines
9:48 am
Mon March 10, 2014

MD’s Health Benefits Exchange, The Minimum Wage, The Estate Tax, & Marijuana Decriminalization

The Inspector General for DHHS will examine MD’s online health benefits exchange. Lawmakers vote on bills dealing with the minimum wage, the estate tax, marijuana decriminalization, & Baltimore’s needle exchange program. Plus: how the harsh winter is affecting MD’s farmers.

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Headlines
11:40 am
Fri March 7, 2014

The Minimum Wage, MD’s Revenue Projections, Cove Point, Stormwater Fees, & The Time Change

A look at legislation moving through the General Assembly, on topics including the minimum wage, MD’s stormwater fees, domestic violence, the regulation of Lyft and Uber, and pesticide fee. Plus: MD’s revenue projections, Cove Point, and Sunday’s switch to Daylight Saving Time.

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Headlines
12:21 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Minimum Wage, Harbor Point, Enoch Pratt Redesign, and Maryland Billionaires

Central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
Credit Jim Rettig via flickr

Minimum Wage Legislation: Lawmakers looking to raise Maryland’s minimum wage won a preliminary victory in Annapolis yesterday. The House of Delegates advanced a bill that would boost the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by January of 2017. In doing so, Delegates rejected multiple amendments to the legislation that would change it even more from what had been originally proposed by Governor Martin O’Malley. Changes to the initial proposal include a delay in the implementation of the wage increase, exemptions for seasonal amusement parks, and the elimination of a provision that would have tied the rate to inflation. The House is expected to pass its version of the bill on Friday. But the State Senate may attempt to revive some of the provisions that were in the Governor’s initial proposal… and if the Senate’s bill differs from the House’s, the measure would have to go to conference committee before it could be sent to O’Malley’s desk. The Annapolis Capital has more here; there’s more here from the Frederick News Post, and more here from the Washington Post.

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