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Essays: Baltimore Sun 175th anniversary

Reporters and other Baltimoreans reflect on how their lives intersected with The Sun.

Also see pictures of each of the essayists.

  • Gwen Ifill

    The city hall reporter: Sun vs. Sun

    A journalist recalls the thrill of Page 1 — and the rivals on the other side of the room

  • Russell Baker

    The London bureau: A queen and a correspondent

    It was Queen Elizabeth who made me a foreign correspondent. Before she turned up, my newspaper career had consisted of listening to Baltimore policemen reminisce about great hangings and covering bush-league statesmen deploring the state of the world. I had also covered night rewrite: stickups,...

  • Elizabeth Large

    The dining critic: A taste for blogging

    During 37 years as a feature writer, sometime editor and longtime restaurant critic at the Sun, I had many proud moments and even a few awards. But I don't think anything pleased me as much as being named The Sun's Best Blogger by the City Paper in the fall of 2007. A few months before, my editor...

  • Dan Fesperman

    The war correspondent: Strange days on the battlefront

    The Saudi lieutenant shouted an order in Arabic. Two dozen of his men, frenzied and hollering, lowered their weapons and backed away from an encircled knot of prisoners. Kneeling at the center of this commotion in the Kuwaiti desert were 10 unarmed Iraqi soldiers with their hands on their heads....

  • Laura Lippman

    Reporter: The best story I would ever write

    "How much presidential political trivia do you know?" a Sun reporter asked me shortly after I joined The Evening Sun in 1989. "Not much," I admitted cheerfully. I was a second-generation hire at The Baltimore Sun, a fact I had managed to conceal until the final rounds of my job interview. I wasn't...

  • Wes Moore

    The author: When Wes Moore met Wes Moore

    Many articles in The Baltimore Sun's 175-year history have entertained me, enlarged my view of the world and forced me to reconsider my instincts or feelings. But one article struck me more than any other. It was about Wes Moore. And it had nothing to do with me. I first heard about the murder...

  • Jack Germond

    The political columnist: Bitter lessons in the South

    I remember feeling trepidation when Jules Witcover and I, partners in writing our political column, joined The Baltimore Sun after the collapse of the Washington Star left us on the beach in August of 1981. I was aware of The Sun's reputation for quality, and I had read the paper often in the 20...

  • Kurt Schmoke

    The mayor: Blowing up The Block

    During my time in office, members of the downtown business community and other citizens urged me to take action against the area known as The Block. Since the end of World War II, The Block has been a concentration of strip clubs and X-rated bookstores. However, by the 1990s, The Block acquired...

  • Brian Rogers

    The investor: Business in, and of, The Sun

    My first memories of The Baltimore Sun go back to 1982, when my wife and I were planning to move to Baltimore from Massachusetts. In the days before the Internet, home buyers turned to The Sun's classified ads to get their arms around the range of housing alternatives. Thirty years ago was not...

  • Pat Moran

    The casting director: Living in the house of Bodine

    When I was a little girl, I read from an early age. I come from a family of big newspaper readers, and one of the first (and favorite) things I remember reading was the Brown section in the Sunday Sun, so-called because it was sepia in tone. Other kids may have pulled out the comics, but I pulled...

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