David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun

David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore, MD, United States

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Recent articles by David:

TV news needs to show us the suffering from coronavirus at ground zero inside hospitals

As upsetting as the CNN report was to watch, I am glad I got the chance to see and hear with my own eyes and ears what life is like at ground zero at a hospital in the war on COVID-19. We need more reporting like this. → Read More

Michael Bloomberg suffers a first-round TKO in fast-and-furious, fists-a-flying Democratic debate

David Zurawik: The one-two punch of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren firmly established a characterization of Michael Bloomberg as just another version of Donald Trump. He doesn’t belong here. In fact, he’s a threat to our Democratic ideals. And Bloomberg's look of boredom didn't help his cause one bit. → Read More

Deepening divide: Study shows how Trump has led Republicans to distrust mainstream media

Pew study suggests that President Trump is enjoying some success with his scorched-earth campaigns against pillars of fact-based journalism like The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN. → Read More

Zurawik: The Ravens’ playoff loss was stunning. CBS announcers tried to explain it.

CBS Sports rose to playoff level even with their second-string crew Saturday night. Too bad the Ravens didn’t with all their Pro Bowl players. → Read More

Zurawik: Media campaigns will matter in Baltimore mayor’s election; let’s not allow them to matter too much

A first look at Thiru Vignarajah, whose media effort stands out in a crowded field at this early point in the race. He announced a $100,000 media buy last month that has him on local TV, radio and social media. → Read More

TV is doing more political coverage than ever, but is it having any effect?

There has never been more overall political coverage in any one year than in 2019. → Read More

Zurawik: Going global for the best binge viewing over holidays: Five TV series that helped me see through others’ eyes

I’ve gone global in my holiday viewing, watching mainly series made in other countries and dealing with other cultures. Here are five series that not only totally engaged me with their storytelling, but also opened my mind to new ideas and made me care about people and places that in some cases had not been on my radar. → Read More

Fox, NFL Network deliver first-rate telecast of Ravens’ Lamar Jackson-led win over Jets

Fox and the NFL Network delivered a top-of-line production from pregame to postgame of the Ravens' 42-21 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night. → Read More

Sinclair cancels Boris Epshteyn segments it once made ‘must-carry’ for news stations

Sinclair cancels commentaries by Boris Epshteyn, chief political analyst. Epshteyn’s servile pro-Trump commentaries were a source of widespread criticism of the Hunt-Valley-based broadcaster since he joined the company in 2017. → Read More

Democrats create TV-friendly hearing without compromising seriousness of impeachment process

The Democrats succeeded Wednesday in staging a TV-friendly hearing without dumbing down the impeachment process. In media terms, that's a very strong start. → Read More

Editor Kevin Naff on the near-death, instant rebirth and mission today of the Washington Blade as it celebrates 50 years of covering LGBT life

As the Washington Blade celebrates 50 years of covering LGBTQ life, editor Kevin Naff looks back at its near death experience in 2009, it's near-instant rebirth and sense of mission today. → Read More

Former WJZ anchor Mary Bubala joins WBFF

Mary Bubala, who was fired by WJZ in May in the wake of an offensive question she asked about the race, gender and leadership of Baltimore's three previous mayors, joined WBFF (Fox45) Monday. → Read More

Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ gets crime, grime, crooked cops and East Coast, urban life right

Showtime's "City on a Hill" takes place in '90s Boston, but it speaks to our polarized present. → Read More

Zurawik: Sanders, Warren bring passion, energy, conviction to first CNN Democratic debate

CNN's first debate provided viewers with a clear look at differences in the Democratic party between progressive like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and more moderates candidates. → Read More

Trump’s Twitter attack on Cummings and Baltimore: undiluted racism and hate

After three years of denouncing President’s Trump’s use of media to attack, denigrate and, yes, spew racist hate, there are days when I think I do not have a drop of vitriol left for what he’s doing to this country. And then comes something like his Twitter attack on Elijah Cummings and Baltimore, which is the congressman’s home and the heart of his district. → Read More

HLN revisits murder of Virginia lacrosse player and Cockeysville native Yeardley Love

I am not a fan of true-crime docu-series. They are sometimes exploitative of the violence involved in such cases and they don’t always show the commitment to facts that documentaries and legacy journalism do. But HLN's “Killer on Campus" avoids most of the sins of the genre. → Read More

Axios on HBO, New York Times on FX: Can journalism find new audiences on Sunday night TV?

Why "Axios on HBO" seized the buzz last Sunday that should have belonged to the premiere of The New York Times' "The Weekly" on FX. → Read More

Preakness TV audience down about 10 percent year to year in Baltimore — and twice that nationally

In a race without a Kentucky Derby winner, Preakness TV ratings were down in Baltimore and nationally. → Read More

WJZ says anchorwoman Mary Bubala is out in wake of her question about race, gender of recent Baltimore mayors

Mary Bubala is out at WJZ as a result of her question last week about Baltimore's recent black, female mayors. → Read More

Zurawik: Pugh's out as Baltimore mayor and Young is in, but the fight for transparent, open city government has just begun

The ouster of Catherine Pugh thanks to strong reporting in The Sun and elsewhere doesn't mean City government will suddenly become transparent, open and honest. → Read More