Bret Jaspers

News Producer

Bret worked as an organizer, actor, and New York City waiter before he began his career in radio. He has reported for NPR, WYPR News and The Signal. Past production work has been with WNYC’s On the Media, The Brian Lehrer Show and Soundcheck, as well as Wisconsin Public Radio.

Ways to Connect

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This summer, tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant children fled poverty and brutal gang violence in Central America to come to the U.S. Over three thousand are in Maryland, and the vast majority of those are now with their families. But can they stay? The answer to that question may depend on whether or not they get an attorney.

In Annapolis last week, lawyers from around the state became students again. The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland held a training session for attorneys who have volunteered to represent at least one undocumented child, free of charge.

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Creative races have become a fad world-wide.  Over the weekend, Maryland’s third congressional district served as the course for yet another: the Gerrymander Meander. About 20 people ran, biked, kayaked and motor-boated a relay that traced the district, for a combined 225 miles.

Thanet Wind Farm in the English Channel, London to Italy Flight, 24/07/2012 taken by DG Jones via flickr

Energy company US Wind Inc, a subsidiary of the Italian company Renexia, won Tuesday's auction to develop wind farms on federal waters ten nautical miles off the coast of Ocean City.

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The federal government holds an auction Tuesday for two leases to develop wind farms in federal waters off Ocean City.

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According to preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland added 7,700 jobs in June.

Early Work By Election Staff Pays Off At Baltimore IT Academy

Jun 24, 2014
Julian Sadur

Very early today, election workers showed up at polls across Maryland to hang signs, connect poll books and open voting machines. WYPR's Julian Sadur visited the Baltimore IT Academy in Wilson Park, where despite extra work because of an added precinct, staff worked quickly and efficiently and polls opened promptly at 7 a.m.

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The developer of the 25th Street Station project in Remington announced Tuesday that it was done pursuing the development.

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  “Maryland’s not so big until you have to travel it just about every day,” said Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar on the campaign trail recently.

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Today the federal government announced March jobs numbers for states and localities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that Maryland added 2,3oo jobs in March, and that February’s reported loss of 600 jobs was revised to a 1,000 job gain. Both months helped to make up for the 6,100 jobs lost in January.

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Maryland was a top performer in a review of 2012 election data released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit research organization.