Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition Director/Co-Host, Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

You can hear Nathan from 5:18am to 3pm on weekdays, giving you news headlines, weather, and interviews during Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.  Nathan also co-hosts WYPR's Friday morning Spotlight on Station North.

Before coming to WYPR in September 2005, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production.  Nathan has also served as a fundraising consultant, and helped dozens of public radio stations nationwide with their on-air fundraisers.

Nathan originally hails from rural Pennsylvania, but has lived in Baltimore since 2005.

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US Senator Barbara Mikulski has been awarded the nation's highest civilian honor: the Medal of Freedom. The longest-serving woman in the history of the US Congress was hailed as a groundbreaking champion of women's rights, and celebrated for her career-long activism. WYPR's Karen Hosler was at yesterday's White House ceremony, and tells us some of what happened.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the Baltimore region has the fifth worst traffic congestion in the nation.  On Thursday, Kamenetz told state officials that a comprehensive transit system needs to be developed.  WYPR's John Lee gives Nathan Sterner a closer look at what Kamenetz had to say.

There was a protest at last night's Baltimore County Council meeting. About 40 people turned out to express their disapproval with plans to change the shifts at the County's 911 center. WYPR's John Lee was there, and tells Nathan Sterner what the protest was all about.

Nathan Sterner talks to WYPR's Karen Hosler about the likely candidates for the U.S. Senate seat and the political alliances that are strengthening as Maryland's political landscape prepares for this significant change. 

WYPR's Nathan Sterner and Karen Hosler discuss the process for replacing the lawmakers who are now part of Governor-elect Hogan's cabinet.   Will the voters elect these new legislators? Will Maryland's Republican Central Committee decide?

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  A final vote is expected to take place on whether Baltimore City Police officers will be required to wear body cameras at Monday’s city council meeting.  The bill, which is expected to pass, is also under a veto threat by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who called the proposal rushed and not thought out. 

The mayor is also threatening to veto a bill that would ban plastic bags.  The bill originally proposed as a plastic bag fee in April was changed to a ban at last week’s council meeting.

WYPR’s Kenneth Burns talked to Nathan Sterner about the two bills.

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Two major pieces of legislation moved forward in the Baltimore City Council Monday night. The first would ban Baltimore stores from distributing plastic bags to their customers. The second would require city police officers to wear body cameras while on duty. Both bills could get final votes at next week's Council meeting and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has promised to veto both measures if they reach her desk in their current forms. WYPR's Kenneth Burns was at City Hall and joins Nathan Sterner for a look at the differences between the Mayor and the Council on both measures.

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The Baltimore City Council will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would require city police officers to wear body cameras while on duty. The measure is sponsored by City Council President Jack Young and Councilman Warren Branch. It comes after several high-profile incidents of alleged police brutality in Baltimore, as well as the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri over the summer. But the Baltimore City Law is not supporting the proposal -- saying it isn't legal. WYPR's Kenneth Burns gives Nathan Sterner an update.

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When it meets Monday, the Baltimore City Council is expected to confirm Eric Costello to fill the seat representing the 11th District -- which covers parts of south and west Baltimore, including downtown.

Costello would finish the term of Bill Cole, who left the Council earlier this year to head the Baltimore Development Corporation.

Nearly $25-million were spent on the governor’s race in the primary election season alone… that’s $2-million more than was spent on the governor’s race in 2010 in both the primary and general election seasons combined. A report from watchdog group “Elections Integrity Maryland” says more than 150 people double voted in the 2012 presidential election, casting ballots in MD and in Virginia. MD’s highest court says police can conduct DNA tests on sweat left behind by people who are not arrested. Plus: Baltimore’s new casino, Batts confirmed for 6 more years as Baltimore police commissioner, swimming restrictions at Ocean City, and more.

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