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Dyana Neal

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

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.

Oct. 15 2020

Medicine in the age of the (digital) house call

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Many of us, myself included, are nervous about going to the doctor in person right now. Some patients live far away from their physicians or have transportation issues. Thanks to technology, many appointments can now take place via telehealth. I spoke with Nikki Majewski from the Maryland Department of Health about how telehealth works and […]

Oct. 15 2020

Connecting Baltimore to the future

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Roughly 1/3 of Baltimore households are without high-speed internet access. Since many of our work and school activities have moved online, being connected is more important than ever. Here’s my chat with Adam Bouhmad, Founder of Project Waves, which seeks to make the city’s digital divide a thing of the past.  

Oct. 15 2020

Need help managing your finances? Get schooled!

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Money management is a source of stress and confusion for many people, and the pandemic has only made matters more complicated. Here’s my chat with Sue Rogan, Director of Strategic Partnerships at CASH Campaign of Maryland. We spoke about Maryland CASH Academy, an ongoing program that offers free (currently virtual) classes on a variety of […]

Oct. 12 2020

Knowledge is power – especially money power!

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Many of us struggle with our finances and decisions regarding money, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made such issues far more complicated for millions of Americans. This Saturday, October 17th, CASH Campaign of Maryland presents their annual Money Power Day in a virtual format from 10am-2pm. I recently spoke with Courtney Bettle, CASH’s Director of […]

Jul. 30 2020

In Housing, Fairness Is Key

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Housing presents many concerns for Maryland residents – safety, affordability, and numerous other factors . Recently, I spoke with Carol Ott, Tenant Advocacy Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland about ongoing issues that her agency deals with and new dilemmas that the COVID-19 pandemic has created.

Jul. 23 2020

Helping Older Adults in Maryland Not Just Survive, But SOAR

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The Securing Older Adult Resources Program (SOAR) is a divison of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition that works to improve the financial well-being of older adults through research, community outreach programs, and direct service benefits, including financial coaching and counseling. Recently, I spoke with Francine Hyman, a Financial Counselor at SOAR, about the agency’s work […]

Jul. 15 2020

Child Care in Unprecedented Times

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The Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center, a member agency of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, serves parents, child care providers, the business community, and others. Recently, I spoke with Suzanne Funk, a specialist in infant and early childhood mental health, about the agency’s work and how it’s being impacted by COVID-19.

Jul. 09 2020

Caring For Maryland’s Foster Kids During COVID And Beyond

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Marylanders of all ages have seen their lives turned upside down these past few months. Recently, I spoke with Carrie Knebel, Executive Director of Concern4Kids, about her organization and MARFY (Maryland Association of Resources for Families & Youth) and how they’re coping.

Jul. 07 2020

A Piano Recital Goes Virtual

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Live performances are one of many aspects of life that are greatly altered at the moment. This Saturday, pianist Lura Johnson will live-stream a recital on Facebook to benefit Hermandad, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico. I spoke with John Knight, President of Hermandad, about the group’s mission and Ms. Johnson’s […]

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