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Dyana Neal

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Dyana is WBJC's midday host. Her full bio can be read here.

Dec. 10 2021

Dealing with anxiety and stress at the holidays

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This time of year, many people experience cultural pressure to be “merry” all the time even if life isn’t going so well for them or they have difficult memories of holidays past. Recently, I spoke with Alexandra Wykowski, Associate Director of Clinical Services at Behavioral Health System Baltimore, about the reasons people may struggle with […]

Dec. 07 2021

Holidays at Hampton: Yuletide Across the Centuries

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Located in Towson, Hampton Mansion was the home of the Ridgely Family for over two centuries. These days, it’s maintained by the National Park Service, and Holidays at Hampton, their celebration of Yuletide traditions from the Georgian era through the early 20th century, will take place from December 9-January 6. This Saturday, December 11, the […]

Nov. 16 2021

Easing the Pain of Medical Debt

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Medical bills can put a strain on anyone’s finances, but they’re particularly hard on low-to-moderate income households. Recently, I spoke with Marceline White, Executive Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, about our state’s new medical debt protections for eligible patients, which are the strongest in the US.

Sep. 13 2021

Honoring Defenders’ Day 2021 at Fort McHenry

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Fort McHenry’s Defenders’ Day celebration will take place Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18. Various activities are planned including a parade, musical performances, and living history re-enactors. I spoke with Ranger Shannon McLucas about this year’s remembrance of an important period in Baltimore’s history.  

Aug. 10 2021

Seniors: Take the Credit for Your Housing Expenses

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Seniors: Take the Credit for Your Housing Expenses

Many senior citizens who live in Maryland are eligible for tax credits toward their rental or home ownership costs. Are you among them? My recent chat with Francine Hyman, Director of SOAR (Securing Older Adult Resources), a program of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, may help you answer that question. SOAR offers Take the Credit, […]

Mar. 02 2021

The Fashions of the Opera

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    My husband and I are outliers in a number of ways, one of which is that we still dress up when we go to the theater or the opera. We’re both vintage enthusiasts as well and enjoy researching the proper attire for a particular era when we attend “period” (usually 1920’s) events. Well, […]

Dec. 31 2020

A Toast to the Future

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I’ve loved New Year’s Eve ever since I was a kid. It was so much fun to see my parents get all dressed up to go out with friends, and on New Year’s Day, I’d get to play with the paper crowns and hats they’d been given the night before. They also brought home noisemakers, […]

Dec. 07 2020

Home for the Holidays – and Potentially Missing Ten Million Dollars!

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Baltimore actress Kay-Megan Washington has scored something most performers only dream about – a major role in a movie! “The Christmas Lottery” begins airing on BET, BET Her, and streaming services on December 12. Ms. Washington is a fabulous singer-actress and I recently spoke with her about her role as the family matriarch as well […]

Nov. 05 2020

Souvenirs of 2020

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Professional historians who choose to write about 2020 in the future won’t lack for material. However, the stories and artifacts of everyday people also tell important stories about life in a particular time. The Maryland Center for History and Culture has an ongoing project called “Collecting in Quarantine” that seeks to document the COVID-era experiences […]

Oct. 15 2020

Getting the proper tools for school

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The school year is underway and many families are struggling more than ever to provide their kids with the items they need to succeed in class. I spoke with Sharon Matthews, Founder and CEO of Wish List Depot, about how her organization seeks to help students in the Baltimore area.

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