People and media

Best academic: Michael Summers, UMBC

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and Robert E. Meyerhoff chair for excellence in research and mentoring studies the structures of HIV and other retroviruses to understand how their components interact. He aims to use his research...

  • Best bartender: Brendan Dorr

    Best bartender: Brendan Dorr

    The selection of cocktails at B&O American Brasserie, crafted by head bartender and Frederick native Brendan Dorr, checks all the boxes: seasonal options, updates on traditional recipes and a collection of its own standards. But it’s Dorr’s contributions to the city’s cocktail scene at large —...

  • Best chef: Cindy Wolf

    Best chef: Cindy Wolf

    The chef-owner, with business partner Tony Foreman, of fine-dining Charleston in Harbor East can be found most days in the kitchen, cooking her outstanding French-influenced Low Country cuisine. But she also mentors those in her charge. Take Mario Cano Catalan, the executive chef at the Foreman...

  • Best new chef: Malcolm Mitchell

    Best new chef: Malcolm Mitchell

    The “Food Network Star” contestant is taking gastropub food to a new level at Ryder’s, his first city endeavor. At The Kitchen Market, he has created a specialty food shop. His newest venture, Butchers Hill Society, focuses on boutique wines and brews with modern American food to match. The onetime...

  • Best deep-pocketed civic booster: Kevin Plank

    Best deep-pocketed civic booster: Kevin Plank

    The Under Armour CEO has bought into the potential for his hometown’s future as a thriving city. Not only has he turned the old waterfront Procter & Gamble factory into Under Armour’s headquarters, he’s also brought Fells Point’s recreation pier back to life, as a luxury hotel. And then there’s...

  • Best false alarm: John Waters’ kidney stone

    Best false alarm: John Waters’ kidney stone

    Baltimore filmmaker-author-raconteur-unregenerate degenerate John Waters is a no-show at his annual Christmas soiree? Oh no, this must be serious — there’s no way he’d miss one of the year’s most talked-about off-the-record parties, especially when he’s the one throwing it. Relax, an exasperated...

  • Fondest farewell: Barbara Mikulski

    Fondest farewell: Barbara Mikulski

    When Barbara Mikulski, all 4’11” of her, retired, the U.S. Senate lost a giant (you knew that was coming, right?). Sure, she was colorful; Highlandtown isn't known for producing shrinking violets. And yes, she hung around Washington a long time, serving in Congress longer than any other woman....

  • Best fashion designer: Jody Davis

    Best fashion designer: Jody Davis

    The Fashion Institute of Technology grad has made quite a name for herself on a national stage right here in Baltimore. Her form-fitting dresses and fur-trimmed jackets and coats have caught the eyes of the likes of television journalist Soledad O’Brien, Traci Braxton (WE TV’s “Braxton Family Values”),...

  • Best fashionista: Lana Rae

    Best fashionista: Lana Rae

    Being a fashionista means taking risks. And Annapolis resident Lana Rae does just that. One week, the founder of the KIS modeling agency and the annual Fashion Awards Maryland will rock a short and sassy ’do with a killer gown for a red-carpet event. The next she’ll jazz up everyday wear with steely...

  • Best fitness instructor: Esther Collinetti

    Best fitness instructor: Esther Collinetti

    A scientist when she decided that teaching spin was her calling, Esther Collinetti now revels in her day job as cycle instructor and co-owner of Rev Cycle Studios. There, she encourages others to bring love, sweat and vulnerabilities to the bike, pushing them with panache and the occasional profanity....

  • Most loyal Baltimorean: Carla Hayden

    Most loyal Baltimorean: Carla Hayden

    Who cares if she wasn’t born here? Every day that Carla Hayden wakes up to commute to her gig as the 14th Librarian of Congress, she’s proving herself a faithful daughter of her adopted city. When Hayden was sworn in Sept. 14, we’d have understood if the former CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library...

  • Best musician: Tate Kobang

    Best musician: Tate Kobang

    No matter what happens, Tate Kobang — the 24-year-old Northeast Baltimore native born Josha Goods — is already a local rap legend, thanks to his 2015 hit “Bank Rolls (Remix),” a buoyant update on Tim Trees’ 2000 hit of the same name. Now, with a record deal with 300 Entertainment, he’s looking...

  • Best Oriole: Zach Britton

    Best Oriole: Zach Britton

    No disrespect to de-facto team captain Adam Jones, slugger Chris Davis (who we know will hit a gazillion home runs this year) and Manny Machado, truly a player for the ages. But this guy was near-perfect last year, with not a blown save to mar his state sheet, and that’s about as impressive as...

  • Best Raven: Justin Tucker

    Best Raven: Justin Tucker

    Last year, the Ravens kicker led all NFL kickers in field goals made (38), field goal percentage (97.4) and field goals of 50 yards or more (10). But his likability goes far beyond his impressive work on the football field. The 27-year-old husband and father is a trained opera singer with an awe-inspiring...

  • Best philanthropists: Mark and Patricia Joseph

    Best philanthropists: Mark and Patricia Joseph

    Give Mark and Patricia Joseph an A+ for enterprise. It isn’t enough for an educational or arts group to merely demonstrate a need for funds. The Josephs — he’s a former president of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, and she was a dean at Stevenson University — do a lot of research...

  • Best redemption tale: Michael Phelps

    Best redemption tale: Michael Phelps

    For a time, it looked like all the Olympic glory might have gone to Michael Phelps’ head; his personal life — thanks to a pair of drunken-driving arrests, a photo of him smoking a bong, a suspension by USA Swimming — appeared headed for a train wreck. But Phelps, who owned up to his mistakes, turned...

  • Best TV anchor/reporter: Denise Koch

    Best TV anchor/reporter: Denise Koch

    Given all the churn in media these days, it is hard to believe that Denise Koch has been a fixture at the WJZ-TV anchor desk for some 30 years. And she is doing her best work ever. During the unrest in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, she was the voice of steady, down-the-middle,...

  • Best visual artist: Joyce J. Scott

    Best visual artist: Joyce J. Scott

    You have to love an artist who has an instant reply when asked how she will start to spend her $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship: “Liposuction.” Scott’s humor is as finely crafted and pointed as her art, which confronts such tough issues as race and violence (especially against women) in ways at once...

  • Best of Baltimore readers' choice winners: People and media

    Best of Baltimore readers' choice winners: People and media

    We asked; you voted. Here are the winners of Best of Baltimore readers' choice awards in the people and media category. For staff picks, click here.  (For the other categories: Lifestyle and shopping | Dining and nightlife | Arts and activities | Services)

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