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Writers LIVE: Stephens Broening and Frederic B. Hill, The Life of Kings: The Baltimore Sun and the Golden Age of the American Newspaper

In an age when local daily papers with formerly robust reporting are cutting sections and even closing their doors, the contributors to The Life of Kings celebrate the heyday of one such paper, the Baltimore Sun, when it set the agenda for Baltimore, was a force in Washington, and extended its reach around the globe.

Contributors like David Simon, creator of HBO's "The Wire," and renowned political cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher tell what it was like to work in what may have been the last golden age of American newspapers -- when journalism still seemed like "the life of kings" that H. L. Mencken so cheerfully remembered. The writers in this collection recall the standards that made the Sun and other fine independent newspapers a bulwark of civic life for so long.

Stephens Broening was Associated Press correspondent in Paris, Moscow, and Lisbon from 1965 to 1976 before joining the Sun as assistant city editor. In 1978 he was named the paper's first Op-Ed page editor. He was assigned to the Sun's Washington bureau as diplomatic correspondent in 1985. From 1990 to 1996 he was a news editor for the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He returned to Baltimore in 1996 and for ten years was a visiting scholar in history at the Johns Hopkins University.

Frederic B. Hill was a reporter and foreign correspondent for the Sun before becoming an editorial writer for the Evening Sun. He was foreign affairs director for Senator Charles McC. Mathias Jr. in 1985 and 1986. He then established the State Department's Office of Special Programs which conducted policy planning exercises and roundtable discussions on security, political, economic, and global issues from 1986 to 2006. He is the author of Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:30pm

Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped 415 Park Ave., Baltimore MD 21201

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Adults, Seniors

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