Joe Burris

Writer

Joe Burris was named to the higher education beat in September, having previously covered Howard and Anne Arundel county education and weekday morning traffic. He joined The Sun as a features writer in 2004, after an 18-year career covering sports for the Nashville Tennessean and Boston Globe.

Recent Articles

  • Sojourner-Douglass College closes satellite campus in Edgewater

    Sojourner-Douglass College closes satellite campus in Edgewater

    Baltimore-based Sojourner-Douglass College, beset in recent months by financial troubles after losing its accreditation, has closed its satellite campus in Anne Arundel County. College President Charles Simmons said Friday that all but one employee at the Edgewater campus has been let go. Some students...

  • Traffic: Two lanes reopen near site of water main break

    Traffic: Two lanes reopen near site of water main break

    The Baltimore City Department of Transportation said Friday morning that two right lanes on northbound Gay Street are open at Fayette Street, where a water main break had closed the roadway since Wednesday. Elsewhere, the state Department of Transportation said all southbound lanes are closed on...

  • Frederick High shooting happens amid increased school security

    Frederick High shooting happens amid increased school security

    The shooting of two teenagers Wednesday at a Frederick high school was particularly unnerving for a growing city in a largely rural county where many couldn't remember this ever happening before. Shots were fired in the parking lot of Frederick High School while junior varsity teams played a basketball...

  • Gay at Saratoga remains closed due to water main break

    Gay at Saratoga remains closed due to water main break

    Gay Street at Saratoga Street, near Baltimore City Hall, will remain closed through the weekend due to a 16-inch water main break, public works officials said. Gay Street traffic is being diverted at Fayette Street. City officials said drivers should take alternate routes. By midday Thursday, after...

  • Car fled scene of fatal pedestrian accident in Elkridge

    Car fled scene of fatal pedestrian accident in Elkridge

    A pedestrian walking along U.S. 1 in Elkridge on Wednesday morning was killed after being struck by two vehicles, including one that left the scene, according to Howard County Police. Authorities said that at 4:40 a.m., a 2002 Toyota SUV was traveling north U.S. 1 prior to Bonnie View Lane when...

  • Toddler killed in Reservoir Hill fire laid to rest

    Toddler killed in Reservoir Hill fire laid to rest

    Nasir Smith, the Baltimore child who died in a Jan. 13 house fire — just five days shy of his second birthday — was laid to rest Saturday after a funeral Mass at St. Peter Claver Church in Baltimore. The child, who lay in a sky-blue-and-white, linen-lined coffin surrounded by balloons and stuffed...

  • Baltimore's likely not done with winter weather this weekend

    Baltimore's likely not done with winter weather this weekend

    Baltimore City saw little more than slush on Saturday morning as snow that fell through the night was doused with rain. The National Weather Service said that more snow and rain is possible for the area on Saturday until about 3 p.m. Saturday accumulations would likely be below a half inch, NWS...

  • Super Plungers kick off 19th Polar Bear Plunge in Annapolis

    Super Plungers kick off 19th Polar Bear Plunge in Annapolis

    Every year about this time, Montgomery County firefighter Donny Boyd looks forward to heading to Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis and dipping — no, make that plunging — into the frigid Chesapeake Bay. "It's invigorating," Boyd said Friday at the start of the 19th annual Maryland State Police...

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