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Matt Jablow did a series of Crime Scene videos for The Baltimore Sun. 2014 photo
Matt Jablow did a series of Crime Scene videos for The Baltimore Sun. 2014 photo

A spokesman with the Baltimore Police Department will be leaving his post in the next few weeks, the department announced in a news release.

Commissioner Michael Harrison wrote that Matt Jablow, who is the department’s liaison to the media as its chief of public information, has resigned. He wrote that Jablow’s last day “will be in the next couple of weeks.”

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Jablow was the department’s chief spokesman from 2003 to 2007 before leaving for a job on the television show “America’s Most Wanted” and, later, to start a video production company, Frodo Productions. Yes, named after a Hobbit.

He rejoined the department in March 2018 to join the administration of Darryl De Sousa, who he had known prior. He was chosen to be the department’s new chief of strategic communications and made $146,000 a year in salary.

He stayed on through the term of interim commissioner Gary Tuggle after De Sousa stepped down amid federal tax fraud charges, and through Harrison’s first year after he joined the department from New Orleans.

Matt Jablow originally left the Baltimore Police Department in 2007 to work on the television show “America’s Most Wanted.”
Matt Jablow originally left the Baltimore Police Department in 2007 to work on the television show “America’s Most Wanted.” (UNKNOWN / BALTIMORE SUN)

Speaking with The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday night, Jablow said he wants to return to video production, saying he has a couple of ideas for documentaries he wants to work on.

Jablow produced what he called “Webumentaries” through his previous video production company, including the story of two conjoined twins who were separated but left one of the two paralyzed.

“Storytelling is my first passion, my first love and I want to get back to doing more of that,” Jablow said.

He said he’s interested in telling the stories of Baltimore police officers and other departments, saying he saw officers “showing humanity and courage” on a regular basis.

“I am inspired by how well they performed their jobs every single day under the circumstances,” he said.

He added that although he spent much of his career as a television news reporter, including for WBAL-TV, a return to broadcast news is “unlikely.”

Jablow also did a series of crime videos for The Baltimore Sun.

In a statement, Harrison thanked Jablow “for his service and dedication to the police department over the last two years.”

“Matt has been an asset to the agency and has played a crucial role in my administration since I arrived in Baltimore," Harrison wrote.

When Jablow leaves, Lindsey Eldridge will assume the role of acting director of public affairs and community outreach. She has been the community outreach coordinator since August.

The department wrote that she has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Morgan State University and a master’s of public administration from the University of Baltimore.

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