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Public Commentary

TUESDAYS 10:04 A.M.

Commentary from community leaders around the Baltimore Metropolitan Region. 

For the fall/winter 2017, the following people will provide commentaries:

  • Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway, Union Baptist Church
  • Julia Marciari-Alexander, Walters Art Museum
  • Dr. Redonda Miller, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Samuel Hoi, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Michael Hankin, Brown Advisory
  • Will Baker, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

COMMENTARIES HEARD ON WYPR, DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF WYPR’S STAFF OR MANAGEMENT.

Archive prior to October 2013

Lifestyles and Healthcare

Mar 21, 2017

Chet Burrell on how the way we live our lives affects the healthcare options we seek.

Improving Baltimore's Image

Mar 14, 2017

In this commentary, Augie Chiasera talks about his work on an image and perception task force which will create an action plan for improving Baltimore's overall image.

Women's History is American History

Mar 7, 2017

Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead shares her reflection on and appreciation of Women's History Month.

Setting Expectations for Government

Feb 28, 2017

Josh Fidler says it's up to the citizenry to be clear about what we want from the government. In this commentary, he shares a proposal for Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Crossing Barriers, Building Relationships

Feb 24, 2017
Bge.com

Sarah Hemminger on the need to form relationships between Baltimoreans and how "TouchPoint Baltimore" seeks to break down barriers.

Explaining Rising Healthcare Costs

Feb 14, 2017
Victoria Reay/flickr

"The many who are healthy pay for the few who are sick." 

Chet Burrell explains why healthcare is so expensive and how lifestyle choices factor into the equation. 

Supporting Mayor Pugh

Feb 7, 2017
M&T Bank

Augie Chiasera, senior vice president of M&T Bank Corporation on why Mayor Catherine Pugh deserves Baltimoreans' support.

The First 100 Days

Jan 31, 2017
Dafne Cholet/flickr

Dr. Karsonya "Dr. Kaye" Wise Whitehead on the importance of the first 100 days of a presidency and the public's response. 

Creating Change in 2017

Jan 24, 2017

Josh Fidler shares ways to create "collaborative, cross-sector, collective action" this year.

Addressing Addiction in the City

Jan 17, 2017

Sarah Hemminger, Thread co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, comments on the relationship between environment, connection and addiction.

Chet Burrell 1/10/17

Jan 10, 2017

Chet Burrell became President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in December 2007.

kayewisewhitehead.com

In this Public Commentary, Dr. Karsonya 'Kaye' Wise Whitehead wrestles with the question "How does it feel as a black person in America to be seen by the world as a problem?"

Josh Fidler

Dec 20, 2016

Josh Fidler on the importance of acknowledging white privilege.

Sarah Hemminger

Thread CEO Sarah Hemminger ponders about the future of the "heirs of our city." 

Chet Burrell 12/6/16

Dec 6, 2016

Chet Burrell became President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in December 2007.

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D. - 11/22/16

Nov 22, 2016
kayewisewhitehead.com

Karsonya ("Dr. Kaye") Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and the award-winning author of Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis; a K-12 master teacher in African American History and an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.

Josh Fidler - 11/15/16

Nov 15, 2016

Josh Fidler is a respected member of the Maryland business community. He is Co-Chairman of Chesapeake Realty Partners, a diversified real estate development business, and Founding Partner of Boulder Ventures, a venture capital fund active in the Mid-Atlantic and Colorado.

Sarah Hemminger - 11/8/16

Nov 9, 2016

In 2004, Sarah Hemminger and her husband Ryan co-founded Thread, a non-profit organization that engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom. Currently the CEO, Sarah has extensive experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of mentoring.

Sarah received her undergraduate degree, as well as her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an engineer for Medtronic XOMED.  She has been awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas.

Chet Burrell

Nov 1, 2016

Chet Burrell became President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in December 2007.

Augie Chiasera - 10/26/16

Oct 27, 2016

Augie Chiasera is President of the Greater Baltimore/Chesapeake regions of M&T Bank. Augie joined M&T Bank as an Executive Associate in 1993 and has performed a number of senior line and staff positions throughout the organization. Since relocating to Baltimore with M&T's acquisition of Allfirst in 2002,

Augie has lead M&T's Small Business efforts throughout Maryland/DC/Northern Virginia and managed the Middle Market/Large Corporate Banking divisions for the Baltimore region. Augie holds a BA from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D. - 10/18/16

Oct 18, 2016

Karsonya ("Dr. Kaye") Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and the award-winning author of Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis; a K-12 master teacher in African American History and an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.

Josh Fidler - 10/11/16

Oct 11, 2016

 

Josh Fidler is a respected member of the Maryland business community. He is Co-Chairman of Chesapeake Realty Partners, a diversified real estate development business, and Founding Partner of Boulder Ventures, a venture capital fund active in the Mid-Atlantic and Colorado.

He serves on the Board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is Vice Chair of The Baltimore Community Foundation, a Director of First Mariner Bank, the largest bank headquartered in Baltimore, and an officer of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Mr. Fidler has also held leadership positions in numerous other community organizations. Mr. Fidler received his law degree from New York University School of Law and his BA from Brown University.

Augie Chiasera - 9/20/16

Sep 20, 2016

Augie Chiasera is President of the Greater Baltimore/Chesapeake regions of M&T Bank. Augie joined M&T Bank as an Executive Associate in 1993 and has performed a number of senior line and staff positions throughout the organization. Since relocating to Baltimore with M&T's acquisition of Allfirst in 2002,

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D. - 9/13/16

Sep 13, 2016

Karsonya ("Dr. Kaye") Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and the award-winning author of Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis; a K-12 master teacher in African American History and an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.

Josh Fidler 9/6/16

Sep 6, 2016

Josh Fidler is a respected member of the Maryland business community. He is Co-Chairman of Chesapeake Realty Partners, a diversified real estate development business, and Founding Partner of Boulder Ventures, a venture capital fund active in the Mid-Atlantic and Colorado.

Jay A. Perman - 8/30/16

Aug 30, 2016

 

Jay A. Perman, MD, became the sixth president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in July 2010.

A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based health care to students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work.

Toby Bozzuto - 8/23/16

Aug 24, 2016

 


Kurt L. Schmoke - 8/16/16

Aug 18, 2016

 

Kurt L. Schmoke was appointed as the University of Baltimore’s eighth president as of July 7, 2014. Schmoke served as the mayor of Baltimore from 1987-1999 and was the Baltimore City State’s Attorney from 1982-1987.

Prior to joining UB, he was dean of the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. from 2003-2012. During his tenure as Baltimore’s mayor, Schmoke initiated a number of innovative programs in housing, education, public health and economic development.

Laura L. Gamble - 8/9/16

Aug 9, 2016

Laura L. Gamble is a regional president of PNC Bank, Greater Maryland. In this role, she is the senior banking executive in the region accountable for the growth of PNC's core business in Greater Maryland.

Before joining PNC in April 2012, she was founding partner of Skipjack Partners LLC, a women-owned business consultancy. Prior to Skipjack Partners, Gamble spent more than 20 years in banking, the most recent as seven years as president Bank of America, Maryland.

In addition to her role as Maryland president, she led a variety of businesses within Bank of America in Commercial Banking, Treasury Management and Wealth Management.

Jay A. Perman - 7/27/16

Jul 27, 2016

Jay A. Perman, MD, became the sixth president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in July 2010.

A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based health care to students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work.

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