What makes a successful media professional? At Jmore, in honor of our media company’s one-year anniversary, we talked with five of Charm City’s leading Jewish media personalities to find out. Interestingly, several common themes emerged. For starters, many of the media folks we interviewed are proud natives of Baltimore. And even when given the opportunity to tackle their respective professions in bigger, more high-profile markets, they chose to either return to Baltimore or to eschew the offers to leave altogether.
Almost unequivocally, they credit their parents for providing unconditional support and role modeling that allowed them eventually to thrive in the careers of their choice. Also, regardless of how skilled they are today, these seasoned media professionals reported doing whatever it took — from accepting jobs in off-the-beaten-path markets to working less-than-desirable shifts to completing lengthy or multiple internships — before landing the jobs they’re doing today.
What really makes this core group shine is their seemingly innate desire and ability to connect with their audiences, whether in TV or print, on the radio or online. In turn, these respected media professionals possess equally loyal local audiences that look to them for information, inspiration and, at times, humor regarding all the things about Baltimore that matter most.
Elizabeth Heubeck is a Baltimore-based freelance writer. All photos by Evan Cohen.
Top image: From our October cover: Ron Matz, Jerry Coleman, Deborah Weiner, Rhea Feikin and Max Weiss (left to right)
More In Arts & Life
- The 47-year-old comic grew up with two sisters in Lexington, Mass., in a Conservative Jewish home, attending Camp Tel Noar in nearby New Hampshire every summer. read more
- The Van Gough Café serves breakfast and lunch with a menu that includes paninis, sandwiches, pasta, vegan and vegetarian dishes, as well as falafel and knishes. read more
- Hazon works to create a “healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all.” read more
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Newest Character is an Israeli Gunslinger Taking Aim at Pro-Israel ConservativesIn "Who is America?," a show that made its debut July 15 on Showtime, Sacha Baron Cohen returns with the shtick that made him famous -- disguising himself in order … read more