Mary Rose Madden

Senior News Producer and Reporter

Mary Rose is a reporter and senior news producer for 88.1 WYPR FM, a National Public Radio member station in Baltimore.  At the local news desk, she assigns stories, organizes special coverage, edits news stories, develops series and reports. She has coordinated election coverage—including the 2008 presidential election—and written for award-winning series such as "Growing up Baltimore" and "Baltimore '68: The Fire Last Time."  She has covered stories from the foreclosure crisis to the horse-racing industry, from the alarming high school dropout problem in Baltimore to a traditional college marching band gone hip-hop.  She reported on the rights American Indians have – or rather don’t have – to their ancestors’ remains in Maryland.  And with this reporting, state legislators signed a law that would change that.

She's reported from Rwanda for The International Reporting Project and won a national award for her story on the children who were born of rape during the 1994 genocide.  Before entering journalism, she worked in the social development of children and families and worked in a hospice providing support to families.

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No answers yet in the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died Sunday from spinal injuries incurred while in police custody.  Wednesday's protests for Gray were filled with demonstrators chanting, marching, filled with emotion and fury. There were tears of outrage and calls to see Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the streets, standing with the protestors - some of whom prayed for justice, some of whom screamed for answers.  But Thursday's protest at the Western District Police Station seemed to have a different tone.

Fraser Smith talks to wypr's Mary Rose Madden about the death of Freddie Gray - the 25 year old African American man who died while in police custody.  On the morning of April 12th, police officers and Gray "made eye contact" and Gray ran.  Police chased him and arrested him - but no one has been able to answer why Gray was arrested.  That question is just one of many Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, and many others want answered.  The city police department is conducting an internal investigation and now the U.S.

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Hundreds of local residents were at Coppin State University last night for a town hall meeting about police reform hosted by The U.S. Department of Justice.

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Classroom 214 at Arundel Elementary in Cherry Hill has a lot of books -  bins of Dr. Seuss, books about dinosaurs, books about African-American history and culture. Students come to this room for one on one tutoring sessions to help with their reading. The sessions are arranged through Reading Partners, a non-profit that recruits hundreds of volunteers to give up an hour or two every week in schools throughout the city.   Many of those volunteers are city employees and the city does not take the time out of the employees’ pay. 

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Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works says it spends $ 16 million a year picking up trash from illegal dumping.  The city’s Department of Housing and Community Development Permits and Code Enforcement Division, the department that is responsible for tracking violations, says it handed out 840 citations for dumping and littering in the last year.

Julie Lawson from the advocacy group Trash Free Maryland Alliance, says there is far more illegal dumping than that number of citations would suggest. She compares Baltimore’s citations with Philadelphia’s. 

“(Philadelphia] gave out 120,000 citations for dumping and littering last year,” says Lawson, who met last week with Donald Carlton, the deputy commissioner of that city’s streets department.

Part of the reason for Baltimore’s lower number of citations could be that authorities are unclear on how to enforce the laws.

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Within days after last June’s primary, pollsters had written off Republican Larry Hogan in his race against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. But somehow, Hogan pulled off a stunning upset, capturing more than 51 percent of the vote for governor in one of the bluest states in the nation.

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Does it seem like every time you hear rain falling, you hear a flash flood warning?

Flooding is growing more and more common - and there are a few reasons for that.  A big one is that rain isn’t being absorbed - it falls on rooftops and streets, then gushes through the pipes and bursts into the streams like a fire hose.

The rain flows with such force and such volume that the stream beds erode, leaving even less earth to absorb the water.  The water levels in the Jones Falls, The Gwynns Falls, Herring Run, and the Inner Harbor rise and rise and eventually overflow the banks.

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There’s been more orange in the stands at Camden Yards than in recent years. And it’s not been lost on the Baltimore Orioles, who put together a new “thank you” video for the fans to end the regular season. It follows one the team’s production crew put together two years ago, when the Orioles reached the playoffs for the first time in decades. That was a huge hit with Birds lovers.

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If all goes well, the Orioles will effectively nail down their first American League East division crown in 17 years this coming weekend, in a four game series with the New York Yankees.  The series marks the final Baltimore trip for New York shortstop Derek Jeter, who closes a 20-year career when the season ends.

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This is not the first rodeo for David Craig. In fact, it’s his 21st run for public office; a lot of campaigning for a man who considers himself less flashy than his opponents in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

But making this race is something he’s been working toward for a long time. He’s been a state delegate, a state senator, Mayor of Havre de Grace and now, the Harford County Executive. And he’s developed a long record of balancing budgets, something he points to in his campaign.