Tom Lattanzi

The Baltimore Sun

Look for veteran radio and television newsman Tom Lattanzi to be in the crowd at this morning's Waverly Farmers' Market, where he's a fruit and vegetable shopper with his wife of 33 years, Karen.

These days Lattanzi represents Screenvision Direct, a business that places 30-second ad spots on the screens of movie theaters before a feature film begins.

"We love attending the festivals in the city and visiting neighborhoods such as Hampden, where our daughter, Chiari, won the Miss Hon contest in 2000," he said.

Lattanzi, who is 61 and lives in Towson, is a Northeast Baltimore native who grew up on Berkshire Road. He had been a reporter at the old News American and joined WBAL radio in 1968 and, among other assignments, was in the federal courtroom the day Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned. He also had an on-air exclusive when Gov. Marvin Mandel was pardoned. He also did weekend sports alongside Vince Bagli and Chris Thomas on WBAL-TV for a number of years. He left radio and television work in the late 1980s.

He then put on a suit and became a lobbyist for another 13 years. He represented Baltimore County government, Crown Central Petroleum Co. and the Maryland Jockey Club at the General Assembly. He sold advertising for Verizon's Yellow Pages before taking up his present business.

He's a reader of John Grisham, David Baldacci and Steve Martini novels. He's a Ravens season-ticket holder and attends with his two sons, Rocco and Sergio.

"Were expecting big things from John Harbaugh," he said of the team's new head coach.

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