Anchors & Reporters

Kimberly Eiten<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-612021 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/eiten-kim-web-bio-370x278-xl.jpg?w=150" alt="kimberly" width="150" height="113" />Kimberly Eiten joined WJZ in March 2017. She comes to the Baltimore from sunny Orlando, Florida, where she worked as a reporter for WFTV. During her time there, Kimberly covered the murder of The Voice star Christina Grimmie, the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub, and a deadly alligator attack on a toddler at Disney World. She’s also worked as a reporter at KPTV in Portland, Oregon, and reporter and anchor at KOLN/KGIN in Lincoln, Nebraska. In her spare time, she likes to try new recipes, cheer on the Cornhuskers and explore Maryland with her dog, Peter Jennings. You can reach her on <a href="https://twitter.com/WJZKimberly">Twitter</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kimberlyeiten/">Facebook</a> or send her an email at KEiten@wjz.com.
Devin Bartolotta<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-612021 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/devin.jpg?w=150" alt="devin" width="150" height="113" />Devin Bartolotta joined the WJZ news team in July of 2016 as a general assignment reporter. She comes to Baltimore after three years reporting, anchoring, and producing at KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minnesota. Devin is a three-time EMMY Award winner and has been honored by both the Minnesota Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Devin's passion for reporting started in elementary school. Her first interviews were conducted over chocolate milk at her Great Aunt Catherine's kitchen table, recorded on a Playskool cassette tape recorder. A graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Devin spent time as an intern at WABC-TV's Investigative Unit in New York City and at WTAE-TV in her hometown of Pittsburgh. In her free time, Devin enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring new cities. If you have a favorite outdoor spot to share or want to say hello, you can reach her on <a href="https://twitter.com/WJZDevin">Twitter</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DevinBartolotta/?fref=ts">Facebook</a> or send her an email at DBartolotta@wjz.com.
George Solis<img class="wp-image-581787 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/solis-web-bio-370x278-xl.jpg" alt="George Soris Bio 370x278" width="244" height="183" />George Solis joined the WJZ news team in March 2016. A Southwest Florida native, George is excited to live and explore the Northeast! Prior to relocating to Charm City, George spent three years reporting in his hometown of Fort Myers, Florida. During his time at NBC 2, George was nominated for an Emmy for his series of reports in Cuba and was awarded the Best Mobile Journalist in 2014 by the Florida AP Broadcasters. George has also worked for NBC/CBS affiliate in Gainesville, Fla. While there, George helped establish the newly formed news operation, even helping the station earn its first Emmy nomination. George has covered news events that have made headlines around the world, including coverage of Gainesville self proclaimed Pastor Terry Jones who stirred a lot of controversy when he threatened to burn the Koran. A proud graduate from the University of Florida, George always cheers for the Orange and Blue. In his spare time, George enjoys spending time at the gym, usually running up a storm or playing his guitar. He also loves dining out and spending time with family and friends. If you have a story idea or news tip for George, feel free to email him at <a href="mailto:gsolis@wjz.com">gsolis@wjz.com.</a> Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/georgesoliswjz" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GeorgeSolisWJZ</a>
Ava-joye Burnett<strong><img class=" wp-image-568811 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/burnett-ava-joye-370x278.jpg" alt="Burnett Ava-joye 370x278" width="198" height="149" /></strong>Ava-joye Burnett joined the WJZ news team in January of 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to joining WJZ, Ava-joye worked at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Va. as a reporter and anchor. Ava-joye started her reporting career in Hagerstown, Md. She's also worked at WUSA-TV in the nation's capital behind the scenes, as well as at CTV-News in Prince George's County, Md. Ava-joye was born in Jamaica. When she moved to the United States, she lived in Montgomery County, Maryland. She attended Seneca Valley High School, then graduated from American University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in journalism. Ava-joye is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Incorporated and the National Association of Black Journalists. Ava-joye is also a Board of Governor's member of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. You can connect with Ava-joye on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/AvajoyeWJZ" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@AvajoyeWJZ</a>, or on her Facebook page by clicking <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Ava-joye-Burnett-202160339824187/?ref=hl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here.</a>
Tracey Leong<a href="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/leong-tracey-bio-175x131.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-450962 size-full" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/leong-tracey-bio-175x131.jpg" alt="Leong Tracey Bio 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>Tracey Leong joined the WJZ news team in July 2014 as a general assignment reporter. Her journalism career began in Southern California, where she was born and raised. She worked as an intern at KABC and an editorial assistant at KNBC in Los Angeles. Tracey then reported for the Los Angeles Metro System and Crown City News. She went on to anchor and report at KIEM in Eureka, Calif. and KRCR in Redding, Calif. Tracey completed her undergraduate work at Cal Poly Pomona in communication studies and Hunter College in New York. Tracey got a taste of the entertainment business working on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." She worked with the staff of Congressman Adam Schiff and contemplated a career in law or politics. Tracey is a member of the Asian American Journalist Association. Tracey's experience also includes teaching in China and in her mother's kindergarten classroom. She's an active volunteer at animal shelters, loves traveling the world and exploring the outdoors with her chocolate lab, Molly. She enjoys meeting new people, so say hi when you see her out and about. Email: tleong@wjz.com. Twitter: https://twitter.com/TraceyWJZ Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/TraceyGLeong
Rick Ritter<a href="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/ritter-175x131.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-435262 size-full" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/ritter-175x131.jpg" alt="Ritter Rick 175x131 (3)" width="175" height="131" /></a> Rick Ritter joined WJZ in May 2014. Born and raised in Philadelphia and South Jersey, Rick's thrilled to be working in the Northeast. Since coming to Baltimore, he's covered some of the biggest stories throughout the city and our region, including the death of Freddie Gray, the riots and protests that followed and the trials of the officers initially charged in Gray's death. He was also on scene for the tragic workplace shooting in Harford County and the F2 tornado that ripped through parts of the Eastern Shore. Rick has played a key role in the coverage of several sports-related stories -- including the Ray Rice scandal and the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem. Before moving to Baltimore, Rick was the chief reporter for the Collier County bureau at WBBH in Fort Myers/Naples, Florida. Rick started his career at WMGM-TV in Atlantic City where he was a news and sports anchor/reporter. He graduated from Widener University in Pennsylvania where he started all four years for the university’s football team as a wide receiver and was selected to play in a national all-star game in Salem, Va. Rick lives in the city with his wife. They love spending time with their family and friends, and uncovering everything Baltimore has to offer. You can follow Rick on Twitter & Facebook, or e-mail him: <strong>Twitter:</strong> <a href="https://twitter.com/RickRitterWJZ">@RickRitterWJZ</a> <strong>Facebook:</strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RickJRitter/">https://www.facebook.com/RickJRitter/</a> <strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:rritter@wjz.com">rritter@wjz.com</a>
Linh Bui<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-612021 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/linh-bui-175x131.jpg" alt="devin" width="150" height="113" /> Linh Bui is a morning and noon anchor for WJZ. The Maryland native joined WJZ in 2013. Her story on Paralympian athlete Tatyana McFadden won an Associated Press Award for Outstanding Sports Feature. She's also received Emmy Nominations for her coverage of the fatal shooting spree at the Mall in Columbia and the Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray. Before coming to Baltimore, Linh worked at WZVN in Fort Myers, Florida, and WGXA in Macon, Georgia. A proud Terp, Linh graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism. She reported for the school's award-winning program, Capital News Service. She is Vietnamese-American and a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. Linh and her husband live in the city with their baby daughter and Shiba Inu mutt. Email: <a href="mailto:LBui@wjz.com">LBui@wjz.com</a> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/LinhBuiWJZ">@LinhBuiWJZ</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LinhBuiNews" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Click here for her Facebook Page</a>
Pat Warren<a href="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/warren-pat-175x131-2.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-439668 size-full" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/warren-pat-175x131-2.jpg" alt="Warren Pat 175x131 (2)" width="175" height="131" /></a>Pat Warren joined the WJZ news team in 1992. Pat came to WJZ from WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, where she had been a news anchor and general assignment reporter. Her desire to give back to the community keeps Pat involved with many non-profit organizations. Pat attended Southern Methodist University and University of Akron, where she studied speech/communications and mass media. Pat enjoys traveling, reading and watching old movies in her spare time.
Mike Schuh<a href="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/schuh-mike-175x131-2.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-439676 size-full" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/schuh-mike-175x131-2.jpg" alt="Schuh Mike 175x131 (2)" width="175" height="131" /></a>Mike Schuh joined the WJZ news team as a general assignment reporter in 1993. During his time at WJZ, he’s  received awards for a wide range of news stories. His 11 Emmy Awards were earned in the “Best Reporter,”  “Writing,”  “Hard News Investigation,”  "Spot News," “General News Reporting”  and “Features Reporting” categories. In 2010, he received an Associated Press Award for "Spot News."  In 2007, he received two Associated Press Awards in the "Spot News" and "Human Interest News" categories. In 2002, Mike won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. He volunteers as a faculty member for the prestigious National Press Photographers Association's annual NewsVideo Workshop. He has led television storytelling seminars and workshops in Denmark and across our country.  In 2008, Mike was appointed as the Regional Vice President to the Board of Governors for the Capital Area Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and served for two years. Mike came to WJZ after learning his craft at television stations in Indianapolis, Louisville, Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Carbondale, Ill. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mike, his wife, and one very, very energetic daughter, all live in Baltimore County.
Ron Matz<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/ron-matz/ron-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324492"><img class="size-full wp-image-324492 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/ron-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Ron Matz 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>Ron Matz is an Emmy award-winning reporter who joined the WJZ team in 1993. During that time, Ron has covered some of the biggest stories in Baltimore. including Pope John Paul II's visit in October 1995, Hurricane Isabel in September 2003 and the Joseph Palczynski standoff in March 2000. Ron has been nominated four times for local Emmys and won the Emmy for "Best Spot" news story of the year in 1994 for "Gunman Confession.” For the past 19 years, he's hosted the popular "Manic Monday" segment at Jimmy's in Fells Point, part of WJZ's morning show. Prior to joining WJZ, he worked at Baltimore radio stations WFBR and WCAO/WXYV. Ron is a proud graduate of the University Of Maryland and lives in Baltimore City.
Mike Hellgren<a href="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/hellgren-mike175x131-2.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-439794 size-full" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/hellgren-mike175x131-2.jpg" alt="Hellgren Mike175x131 (2)" width="175" height="131" /></a>WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren came to WJZ in the spring of 2004 from KARK-TV, an NBC affiliate station in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. Solid reporting credentials and a reputation for breaking important news stories characterized Mike's work both there and at KTAL-TV, another NBC station in Shreveport, La. where he also was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. He also worked as a reporter/producer/photographer for KLAX-TV, an ABC station in Alexandria, La. and started his career in broadcast journalism with a cable news program called First Edition News in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mike holds a B.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and grew up partly in Chicago and partly in Louisiana.
Alex DeMetrick<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/alex-demetrick/alex-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324516"><img class="size-full wp-image-324516 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/alex-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Alex DeMetrick 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>Alex DeMetrick has been a general assignment reporter with WJZ Eyewitness News since September 1984. Alex began his journalism career in California. Alex has received many awards from United Press International and The Associated Press.  He also received a Lincoln University Award for his political reporting. A native of Michigan, Alex moved to California at the age of seven. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University and pursued graduate studies at San Jose State University. Alex enjoys sailing, hiking, writing, movies and jazz.
Jessica Kartalija<img class=" wp-image-513085 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/kartalija-17-talent-bio.jpg" alt="Jessica Kartalija 370x278" width="180" height="135" />Jessica Kartalija joined the Eyewitness News team during the summer of 2006. She is a general assignment reporter, and anchors the 5 p.m. newscast daily with Mary Bubala and noon newscast with Linh Bui. She came to Baltimore from the southwest, where she worked in Albuquerque, N.M. anchoring KASA FOX 2's News at Nine, and reporting for sister station KOB-TV. She was promoted at KOB-TV, anchoring the station's 4 p.m. news while continuing to serve as a reporter for other newscasts. Prior to moving to New Mexico, she worked as the weekend anchor and reporter for KYMA-TV in Yuma, Ariz. While there, she won first place in the "Hard News Feature" category from the Associated Press. Although Jessica was born and raised in San Diego, Calif., her family is originally from the East Coast. She headed there for college, graduating from The Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Spanish. While in college, she completed a semester abroad, living in Sevilla, Spain, and became fluent in the language. She also gained hands-on experience in broadcast journalism prior to graduating by interning at KFMB in San Diego and WRC in Washington, D.C. In 2016, Jessica earned a master's degree in communications from Johns Hopkins University. While in Albuquerque, Jessica worked with the Special Olympics, teaching athletes public speaking skills.  She is very involved with the House of Ruth Maryland, where she is a board member and part of the Women's Initiative Network (WIN) at Kennedy Krieger Institute.  She was recently named a recipient of The Daily Record’s Leading Women Award for 2014, which celebrates women under 40 for their professional accomplishments, community involvement, and commitment to inspiring change. She was also named a Baltimore Rising Star from the Living Classrooms Foundation, is a member of the American News Women's Club and National Press Club and is on the Board of Trustees at the Irvine Nature Center. Viewers can see her in the film Transformers, which is now on DVD. When not working, she enjoys golf and loves to ski and travel. She lives with her husband and son in Baltimore County. <strong>More Stories by Jessica Kartalija</strong>
Denise Koch<a href="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/denise-koch-175x131-l-2.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-417163 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/denise-koch-175x131-l-2.jpg" alt="Denise Koch 175x131 L (2)" width="175" height="131" /></a>Viewers turn to Denise Koch when they want credible news reports presented by one of the most veteran news reporters and anchors in Baltimore. The Emmy Award–winning journalist has traveled to China, West Africa and Jamaica to report the news.  She's also covered the homefront from around the U.S. and from every corner of our state, bringing local, national and world events into sharp focus for WJZ viewers. Even sports fans went with Denise as she covered Baltimore's search for an NFL team in Chicago to the Ravens' quest for the Super Bowl trophy in Tampa. Denise's first introduction to WJZ viewers was on "Evening Magazine" where she was known as "Daring Denise," tackling sports from hang gliding to scuba. She joined the newsroom as a lifestyle reporter, reviewing plays and films and filing stories twice a day on the arts and creative side of life. For a number of years, viewers were given an intimate portrait of fascinating Marylanders on her interview program "Get To Know." She followed struggling high school students for four years as they participated in the "Futures" program. That series earned her both a Maryland State Teachers Award and a National Angels Award. And it was with high school students she traveled to Senegal to discover the roots of slavery. That series was later shown at museums and at the National Post Office in the nation's capital. Her work has garnered Denise a host of awards in addition to the aforementioned Emmy. Her reporting has been nominated for Emmys six times. The Society of Professional Journalists awarded her a prize for her documentary on Baltimore teachers in China, "Baltimore East." Denise, a California native, attended UCLA where she earned the prestigious Natalie Wood Award for her talents. She graduated from California Institute of the Arts and then received her master's from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her acting career took her to theatres around the country and even to the soap opera "Another World," eventually bringing her to Center Stage where she also served as literary manager. She has taught at UMBC, University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin. For more than two decades, Denise has been on WJZ's anchor desk, one of the most respected broadcast journalists in town and also one of the most versatile. Her work in the community is very important to her. She's been on the advisory boards of the Hospice Network of Maryland, Success in Style (clothing women re-entering the workforce) and the Maryland Committee for the Children. She is on the president's advisory council for the University of Notre Dame, Maryland. For 10 years she was a member of the Howard County Arts Council and is currently a board member of the United Way of Central Maryland as well as a member of their women's leadership council. Denise and her husband live in Owings Mills.
Vic Carter<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/vic-carter/vic-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324558"><img class="size-full wp-image-324558 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/vic-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Vic Carter 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>For 30 years, Vic Carter has approached his job with this philosophy: if the story is important enough to tell, it’s important enough for him to go there and to take you with him. Vic has followed stories and taken viewers around the world; from the jungles of Colombia in South America; to the dusty roads of Western Africa; to communist Cuba; to the White House in Washington, D.C. and all across the country. Vic was the only Baltimore television journalist to take viewers to the funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Italy. For six days he anchored WJZ's coverage live from Italy. Vic has covered some of the world’s biggest news stories – to those right around the corner that affect you each and every day. Since 1995, Vic has been delivering the news for WJZ. He anchors newscasts at 4, 6 & 11. His history in television shows he is an accomplished journalist who is more than willing to leave the studio and to take on the tough stories and interview the important people. In his career he has met and interviewed six Presidents of the United States and other notables in contemporary history, including Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, Roslyn Carter, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Muhammad Ali and tennis legend Arthur Ashe to name a few. He began his career two days after graduating with honors from Morehead State University. He now serves on the board of trustees for the MSU Foundation and has been a visiting lecturer and Black Scholar in Residence. His career path has taken him to jobs at WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Va., WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., WSB-TV in Atlanta Ga. and finally WJZ-TV in Baltimore. At the age of 23, Vic received broadcasting’s highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award. He was named Journalist of the Year by The School of Journalism at the University of Georgia and was inducted into the National Association for Black Journalists Hall of Fame. Vic believes in helping to make the Baltimore community stronger by volunteering his time and lending his energy to a number of non-profit organizations. He is on the advisory committee for the Open Society Institute founded by billionaire George Soros and has been a guest lecturer at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. Vic is most proud of his involvement as a committee chairman for the foundation that developed and constructed the $120 million memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. He is an active member of the prestigious National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Vic is an avid collector of fine art and has donated a portion of his extensive collection to two churches, one in Charlotte, N.C. and another in his hometown of Radford, Va. In addition he has commissioned large scale pieces of art for each location. It is his hope to inspire young minds and encourage others to be creative and to be likewise philanthropic.
Mary Bubala<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/mary-bubala/mary-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324566"><img class="size-full wp-image-324566 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/mary-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Mary Bubala 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>Emmy Award-winning anchor Mary Bubala joined WJZ in December 2003. She now anchors the 11 p.m. newscast with Vic Carter and the 5 p.m. newscast with Jessica Kartalija. A native of Chicago, Mary has made Baltimore her home and has great industry contacts. She first came to Maryland in the summer of 1997 as a general assignment reporter for a local Baltimore competitor, who saw her talents and soon moved her to that station's weekend news in an anchor position. Mary began her career in upstate New York at WENY-TV after graduating from Ithaca College with a journalism degree. She stayed in this section of New York State for a number of years, working her way up to successively larger television markets as weekend anchor for WBNG, the CBS affiliate in Binghamton, and for WOKR-TV in Rochester. While in Rochester, Mary competed against reporters from television stations in New York City to win Best Series from the New York State Broadcasters Association for her reports documenting the plight of residents in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and the incredible efforts of local doctors to revolutionize health care in this impoverished city. In June 2016, Mary was nominated for a regional Emmy for her coverage of the Freddie Gray riots and was awarded a regional Emmy for Outstanding Anchor. She's been recognized for her reporting and anchoring by the Associated Press in other cities, including Harrisburg, Pa. where she anchored the noon and 5 p.m. news for ABC affiliate WHTM-TV before settling in Baltimore. Mary was honored in 2018 as an Influential Marylander by the Maryland Daily Record. She lives with her family in Baltimore City and is fond of such outdoor sports as tennis, running and golf. <strong>More Stories by Mary Bubala</strong>

Sky Eye Chopper 13

Captain Jeff Long<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/captain-jeff-long/jeff-long-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324440"><img class="size-full wp-image-324440 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/jeff-long-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Jeff Long 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a> Captain Jeff Long, the pilot/reporter in Chopper 13, joined the WJZ team in June 2012. Capt. Jeff began his broadcasting career in 1986 as a journalist with the U.S. Navy, working in television and radio in Honduras and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  His last duty station was in Norfolk, Va., where he reported for Navy News This Week.   While in the Navy, Jeff won several Navy Chief of Information Awards, as well as Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Awards for excellence in broadcasting. Jeff is a graduate of the Defense Information School’s journalism and broadcasting programs.  He also studied communications at Penn State and Radio/TV at Tidewater Community College. In 1991, Jeff moved to Memphis, where he worked as a video editor.  He settled in Maryland in 1994, and took a position as the production manager for a company that produced documentaries for A&E.  A few years later, he began freelancing in video production and aerial photography – a career that kept him busy while he built flight hours; first in airplanes, then in helicopters. Capt. Jeff has worked as a flight instructor, tour pilot, charter pilot and news helicopter pilot in a variety of aircraft.  Chopper 13 is a Bell 206 JetRanger, outfitted with a FLIR broadcast video camera.  Jeff flies with a WJZ photojournalist and you can see their reports during the afternoon and evening newscasts, or anytime there is breaking news. When he is not flying, Jeff enjoys playing blues guitar, boating and photography.  He and his wife Louise live on Kent Island. You can follow Capt. Jeff on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/WJZCaptJeff">@WJZCaptJeff</a>.

Sports

Mark Viviano<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/mark-viviano/mark-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324474"><img class="size-full wp-image-324474 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/mark-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Mark Viviano 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>Mark Viviano is sports director for WJZ. Most recently, Mark was studio anchor and national correspondent for CNN-Sports Illustrated, a position he assumed after leaving the Baltimore NBC affiliate television station WBAL-TV in December 1999. Baltimoreans will remember him as the weekend sports anchor and reporter for that station, as well as for his role on sister radio stations WBAL-AM and 98 Rock FM as the morning radio sports anchor and evening/weekend call-in host for sports–related programming. Mark originally came to Baltimore from the Midwest where he worked for WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio as weekend sports anchor. He also served in a similar capacity at WCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Career highlights include earning national recognition as the reporter who broke the story of the Cleveland Browns' relocation to Baltimore in November 1995. He also was selected to carry the Olympic torch through Baltimore en route to its final destination at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Mark is an avid runner and has completed 21 marathons, including the 2002 Boston Marathon. He finished 109th out of 1,800 runners in the inaugural Baltimore 10 Miler in June 2008. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Mark is a native of St. Louis, Mo.

Traffic

Kristy Breslin<a href="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/breslin-kristy-175x131-2.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-438888 size-full" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/breslin-kristy-175x131-2.jpg" alt="Breslin Kristy 175x131 (2)" width="175" height="131" /></a>Kristy Breslin joined WJZ in May 2011 after serving several years as the fill-in traffic reporter. She is now seen every weekday on WJZ for the 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts, reporting up-to-the-minute traffic conditions for the evening rush hour. Kristy is a Harford County native who grew up in Bel Air and studied at Towson University. She got her first taste of broadcasting as the host of “Harford MagaScene," a showcase of notable people and programs that are happening in the communities of Harford County. This gave Kristy the opportunity to support local charities like the ARC Northern Chesapeake, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County and Habitat for Humanity. Kristy has held several on air positions throughout the Baltimore region in radio and television before coming to WJZ. She lives in Harford County with her husband and two children. When she is not out navigating the roads she enjoys bike riding, rollerblading, and playing lacrosse. Most of all, Kristy enjoys being a mother.
Sharon Gibala<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/sharon-gibala/sharon-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324466"><img class="size-full wp-image-324466 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/sharon-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Sharon Gibala 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a> Maryland native Sharon Gibala reports from WJZ's state-of-the-art facilities on traffic conditions affecting the millions of travelers who annually navigate the state’s highways. She was hired full-time by WJZ after freelancing as a news reporter for a little more than a year. Viewers count on Sharon weekday mornings when she joins Linh Bui and Marty Bass on WJZ’s morning shows, delivering reports on road conditions and commuter traffic patterns that help them better plan their days. Sharon also works Sunday mornings as a general assignment reporter, appearing live on WJZ’s morning news program from various locations in and around Maryland. Prior to joining WJZ, Sharon worked in Austin, Texas and Hagerstown, Maryland as a news reporter and back-up news anchor. Sharon, along with the other members of the WJZ morning news team, were nominated for an EMMY award in 2016 for best coverage of the Baltimore riots. Sharon has also been named by Baltimore City Paper as "Best News Personality" and featured in the Baltimore Sun for her reporting. Raised in Annapolis, Md., Sharon is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park for undergraduate studies. Sharon also recently completed her graduate degree at UMD, earning a Masters in Management of Public Relations and Management of Marketing. Sharon and her family live in downtown Baltimore.

Weather

Meg McNamara<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/meg-mcnamara/"><img class="size-full wp-image-673615 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/mcnamara-meg-370x2781.jpg" alt="" width="175" height="131" /></a> Meg McNamara joined WJZ’s First Warning Weather team in June of 2017. Meg has been captivating audiences since she was 7 years old. Her early shows were broadcast from the family living room, with her 4-year-old brother, her co-anchor. Meg discovered her passion for weather when she was the main anchor in Lewiston, Idaho, and got an opportunity to fill in. She loved doing weather, and believed that telling people what to expect, helped them plan their lives. Her newfound love of weather took her to WEAR-TV in the Sunshine State, where she started doing weekend weather, soon moving up to the weekday morning news. While she forecast plenty of sunny and steamy days, what she really loved was tracking severe storms along the Gulf Coast. Meg couldn’t wait to live and work in a state that experiences all four seasons, so she’s very excited to be in Baltimore. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Meg graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in theatre arts. She interned at the Dr. Phil Show, where she worked for two years as talent coordinator. There she discovered her love of storytelling, which led her to broadcasting. Meg looks forward to learning about Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay and forecasting all kinds of weather.
Tim Williams<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/tim-williams/tim-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324459"><img class="size-full wp-image-324459 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/tim-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Tim Williams 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>Meteorologist Tim Williams has the sort of engaging personality and poised self confidence that makes even viewers who don't like to get up on the weekends come alive with smiles. He anchors the weekend morning newscasts with Tracey Leong. He also lets viewers know whether their Saturday afternoon cookouts will be washouts or whether to invest in window air conditioners to prep for a Sunday heat wave. Tim also reports on breaking news and other unfolding events of interest to residents of this region. The Baltimore native came back home to Maryland when WJZ hired him in 1995. He has also worked at television stations in Jacksonville, Florida and Hagerstown, Md. Williams received degrees from both Towson State University and the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, as well as a meteorology degree from Mississippi State University.
Bob Turk<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/bob-turk/bob-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324453"><img class="size-full wp-image-324453 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/bob-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Bob Turk 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>When skies turned cloudy, some little boys would catch frogs.  Not Bob Turk.  He caught the rain.  According to his mother, Bob created a rain well and device for measuring precipitation.  Collecting that data was "fun." Today, it's still fun and part of Bob's everyday routine as Baltimore's most respected weathercaster--the person viewers depend on for weather updates during weekday evening newscasts on WJZ. It was Bob who helped WJZ select the Doppler radar weather system known as First Warning Weather and put the station further on the map as the first Baltimore television station to have such sophisticated weather forecasting technology. First Warning Weather's local live Doppler radar enables the weather team to track rain and storms from neighborhood to neighborhood. Bob, who has been an associate member of the American Meteorological Society since 1975, earned a B.S. degree in geography from the then-named Towson State College and Master's degree in the same subject from the graduate school of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Before his broadcasting career, he was an assistant planner for Howard County, Md., where he was in charge of site development plans.  Bob is also active in the community and probably holds the record for "most number of community appearances made" over any other broadcast journalist in Baltimore.  He is also one of the most requested speakers at charity, civic and other events. The native Baltimorean served on the boards of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and the American Lung Association and is active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  He resides with his wife and two young children in north Baltimore County, living in a passive solar home that exists in harmony with the environment and nature.
Marty Bass<a href="https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/personality/marty-bass/marty-bio-lg/" rel="attachment wp-att-324456"><img class="size-full wp-image-324456 alignleft" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/marty-bio-lg.jpg" alt="Marty Bass 175x131" width="175" height="131" /></a>Baltimoreans rise and shine with the dynamic morning duo of Marty Bass and Linh Bui. Some viewers may even skip their morning cups of java as long as they get their fix of Marty in the morning. Known for his unique take on everyday events, Marty also preps area residents to handle the day's weather with his series of early morning and noon weather reports. Marty started in the broadcasting business in high school, working part-time as a disc jockey at a local radio station in the Louisville, Kentucky area – the place where he grew up. His passion for broadcast only accelerated with time. He went on to graduate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in radio/television, and then entered broadcasting fulltime. His early jobs were in radio but professional journalists encouraged him to switch to the television side. He took their advice, working in television markets east of the Mississippi before joining the WJZ family in 1977. Marty holds the distinction of helping to define early morning news for the broadcast business by anchoring Baltimore's first early morning newscast. As for his co-anchor at the time? The indomitable Oprah Winfrey, who worked for the station during the early '80s. Marty also initiated the concept of "Just the fax, Internet and e-mail," inviting viewers to add their comments and opinions during the live morning newscasts. This interaction between viewers only served to cement the audience connection to WJZ's morning show and helped make the "Don and Marty" team a model for other stations to follow. The morning show remains number one in Baltimore.

Web Reporters

Sonia DasguptaSonia Dasgupta is an award-winning Digital Content & Social Strategy Manager at WJZ-TV. This is her second stint at the station. Previously she worked at WJZ in 2014-2016. During her time away from WJZ, she was the acting digital director at WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. where she covered the president election of Donald Trump, the Women's March and more politically-charged events and marches. [caption id="attachment_747806" align="alignleft" width="244"]<img class=" wp-image-747806" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/sdasgupta.jpg?w=420" alt="" width="244" height="244" /> Sonia Dasgupta[/caption] She's also worked for CBS Local as a Digital Operations Manager, for Patch.com as a local editor covering Prince George's County, Maryland before she was promoted to Associate Regional Editor for Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties. She started her career at The Cecil Whig in Elkton, Md. Dasgupta was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She's a proud Blue Hen and graduated from the University of Delaware in 2007. She got her master's degree in Digital Media from Columbia University in 2010. Her work on a social media campaign to highlight missing children cases called #BringThemHome won her and her team at WUSA9 a regional Edward R. Murrow award. She's also very proud of her work on a podcast about <a href="https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/investigations/18-days-the-relisha-rudd-investigation/65-529859206" target="_blank" rel="noopener">missing DC girl Relisha Rudd called <em>18 Days</em>.</a> She lives in Baltimore with her dog, Charlie, and has fallen in love with the beauty of the Maryland and the down-to-Earth personalities of the people.   Follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/SoniaDasgupta">@SoniaDasgupta</a>, Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/soniadasguptanews/">@SoniaDasguptaNews</a> and on Instagram at <a href="https://www.instagram.com/soniad85/">@soniad85</a>. Send her story ideas and news tips at <a href="mailto:sdasgupta@wjz.com">sdasgupta@wjz.com</a>.
Matt Yurus<p style="text-align:justify;">Matt Yurus is a digital anchor based in Dallas/Fort Worth, telling stories for CBS’ local news stations’ websites across the country.</p> [caption id="attachment_747453" align="alignright" width="420"]<img class="size-large wp-image-747453" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/matt-yuris_cbsdfw-002.jpg?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="237" /> Matt Yurus, Digital Anchor for WJZ.com[/caption] <p style="text-align:justify;">After receiving his Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he got his start at WUSA9, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. There he worked as a field producer, MMJ and reporter.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Matt is a lawyer turned newsman. He earned his law degree from George Mason University, passed the New York Bar Exam, and began his career as a legal fellow for a U.S. senator on Capitol Hill.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">When he is not telling stories, Matt enjoys reading non-fiction, exercising, window shopping, watching baseball and can be found doing anything that involves water — swimming, skiing, fishing or boating.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">He’ll save the rest for when he meets you!</p>

WJZ News Management

Gail Bending | News Director[caption id="attachment_747444" align="alignleft" width="150"]<img class=" wp-image-747444" src="https://cbsbaltimore.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/gbending.jpg?w=372" alt="" width="150" height="250" /> Gail Bending, News Director[/caption] Gail Bending has been WJZ’s news director for 28 years. She moved to Maryland when she was 13 years old and never wanted to live anywhere else. Bending knew she wanted to be a journalist when she started a weekly newspaper in elementary school, and later wrote for her high school and college newspapers. When her mother encouraged her to intern at a Baltimore TV station, she soon realized that’s where she wanted to be. Telling people’s stories is why she got into the business and now she appreciates how easily people can now be connected to WJZ through social media. She believes that connection is what keeps a station strong. Gail lives in Baltimore County with her daughter. They love walking dogs on the NCR trail in all kinds of weather and appreciate the change of seasons. They love animals and care for fish, guinea pigs, dogs, a bird and a horse. Gail earned a masters degree in teaching from UMUC, a B.S. in Mass Communications from Towson University and attended Harford Community College after three years of high school. Her advice to anyone who wants to get into this field is to intern and experience a newsroom first hand. Have feedback, fill out this form below.   [wufoo username="cbslocalcorp" formhash="xm1g34y0f1gnp9" autoresize="true" height="723" header="show" ssl="true"]