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What To Know Before You Go: Annapolis Rising

Jul 26, 2018 04:00PM ● By Brian Saucedo

By Cate Reynolds


On June 28th, 2018, five members of the Capital Gazette staff were tragically killed in their own newsroom: 

Gerald Fischman: 

“For more than 25 years, Fischman was the conscience and voice of the Annapolis news organization, writing scathing, insightful and always exacting editorials about the community. He was the guardian against libel, the arbiter of taste and a peculiar and endearing figure in a newsroom full of characters.” Click here to read the whole tribute. 

You can read work by Gerald Fischman here.

Gerald Fischman remembered:


Rob Hiaasen: 

“It was a sensibility he brought to his own writing. Even when he wrote humorously, it was with gentleness more than snark. He connected with his subjects, especially the downtrodden, and told their stories with immense empathy.” Click here to read the whole tribute. 

You can read work by Rob Hiaasen here.

Rob Hiaasen remembered:


John McNamara: 

“McNamara, who went by  ‘Mac,’ was remembered by his colleagues for his flexibility, concise writing and extensive knowledge of regional sports. He had a razor wit that came in bursts like a social media post, one fellow reporter said.” Click here to read the whole tribute.

You can read work by John McNamara here

John McNamara remembered:


Rebecca Smith:

“Rebecca Smith was a recent hire at the Capital Gazette but had already proved herself a valuable asset. Smith described herself on her Facebook page as an ‘Endo Warrior’ — a survivor of endometriosis — and a ‘Dog Mom. Softball Fiancé. Bonus Mom to the best kid ever.’” Click here to read the whole tribute. 

Rebecca Smith remembered: 


Wendi Winters: 

“Wendi Winters spent a dozen years writing her way into the Capital Gazette newsroom. After a career in fashion and public relations in New York City, the 65-year-old mother of four moved to Maryland 20 years ago and began stringing for the Annapolis news organization. She soon built a reputation as a prolific freelance reporter and well-known community resource.” Click here to read the whole tribute. 

You can read work by Wendi Winters here.

Wendi Winters remembered:


The shooting at The Capital Gazette will always weigh heavy on the hearts of this community. This weekend, the city of Annapolis will honor the lives and legacies of those lost during Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for The Capital Gazette, Free Press, and First Responders. 

Annapolis is brave, Annapolis is resilient, Annapolis is strong. #AnnapolisStrong 


 The Basics:


Date: Saturday, July 28th

Time: 12–10 p.m.

Location: Calvert Street between West and Northwest Streets


What can guests expect? 


Guests can expect a day filled with live music and guest speakers, all while supporting the local media and first responders.


Who will be performing and speaking?


Good Charlotte: Formed in 1996 in Waldorf, Maryland, Good Charlotte consists of vocalist Joel Madden, guitarists Benji Madden and Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas, and drummer Dean Butterworth. Best know for hit singles “The Anthem”, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, and “I Just Wanna Live”, Good Charlotte has sold over 11 million albums to fans around the world including three Top-10 charting albums. 


Less Than Jake: Audiences have been rocking out to Less Than Jake’s ska punk sound for over 20 years. The band decided to make a pit-stop at Annapolis Rising before performing at Vans Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 29th. Less Than Jake is comprised of lyricist and drummer Vinnie Fiorello, vocalist and guitarist Chris DeMakes, vocalist and bassist Roger Manganelli, saxophonist Peter “JR” Wasilewski, and trombonist Buddy Schaub. 


Jordan Klepper: Jordan Klepper is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, and actor. He is best known as the host of Comedy Central’s news satire program The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. He’s made several appearances on The Daily Show, including wildly popular field pieces at Trump rallies. 


Marty Baron: Marty Baron is the executive editor of The Washington Post, where he oversees print and digital news operations and a staff of over 800 journalists. Baron previously worked as the editor of The Boston Globe for eleven and a half years, and he has held top editing positions at The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Miami Herald. Under his leadership, The Post won seven Pulitzer Prizes and The Globe won six. You can read some of his work here


Elisabeth Bumiller: Elisabeth Bumiller is Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, where she oversees daily operations and leads all news coverage from Washington for The Times. Bumiller is the author of three books, was a White House correspondent from 2001 to 2006, and covered the Pentagon and John McCain’s 2008 campaign. You can read some of her work here.


Stephanie Ruhle: Stephanie Ruhle is the anchor of MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle and MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle. Ruhle previously worked for Bloomberg Television as an anchor and managing editor, and for Bloomberg News as an editor-at-large. Ruhle founded the Corporate Investment Bank Women’s Network, co-chaired Women on Wall Street, and plays an active role in women’s leadership development. 


Tom LoBianco: Tom LoBianco is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Maryland Phillip Merrill School of Journalism. He is the author of the forthcoming biography of Vice President Mike Pence, covered the 2016 political races and Bernie Sanders as a reporter for CNN politics, and spent four years covering Indiana politics for The Associated Press.


Lucy Daglish: Lucy Daglish is Dean of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She was a reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1980 to 1993, and served as executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press from 2000 to 2012. She received the Wells Memorial Key in 1995, was inducted into the charter class of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. in 1996, and was awarded the Kiplinger Award by the National Press Foundation in 2012 for her service to journalism. 


Other speakers and performers include Art Sherrod Jr., The Great Heights Band, Western Star Band, Skribe, Higher Hand, Dublin 5, Clones of Funk, Carl Snowden, and the Capital Gazette family. 


Food and drinks?


No outside food or beverages will be permitted, but there will be plenty of food trucks, water, and beverages available inside the event. 


Can I bring a chair with me?


No chairs, coolers, or backpacks will be permitted inside the event. 


What about parking?


Preferred parking will be available at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $10, and there will be a free shuttle running between the lot and the concert. There will also be very limited free parking available at State Garage, and paid parking at the four city-owned garages: Hillman, Gott’s, Knighton, and Park Place. You can find more parking lots and garages here.


Are tickets still available?

Yes! Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event, and free for children under 12. You can purchase tickets here


Where do proceeds go?


Proceeds from the event will benefit The Capital Gazette Families Fund and The Capital Gazette Memorial Scholarship Fund


What else can I do to show my support?


Local journalism is an important part of our community. The issues and stories in our own communities have the biggest impact on our daily lives. Every day, local journalists tell the stories that matter most to us: the local high school baseball team winning the state championship, what happened yesterday at the city council meeting, or when we can expect this streak of rain to finally clear up. There is truly no substitute for local journalism, so show your support! Consider subscribing to a local newspaper like The Capital Gazette, The Kent Island Bay Times, The Star Democrat, or The Baltimore Sun.


Another way to show your support is by purchasing something from The Baltimore Sun’s Free Speech Collection. 100% of the net proceeds from these sales will be donated to The Capital Gazette Families Fund.  


You can also make a donation directly to The Capital Gazette Families Fund or The Capital Gazette Memorial Scholarship Fund