Jon’s Favorites · 2017
2017 was an odd year. Yes, the 7 at the end of the number signifies it as an odd number, but it was also odd, in that my job unexpectedly changed in the middle of the year and I ended up writing a lot less than I expected. When the end of the year crept up on me and I realized I wanted to recap my year in writing, I was worried there wouldn’t be a ton of selections I wanted to share.
Fortunately, I was wrong. While I wasn’t at the Baltimore Sun Media Group the entire year, I did write 136 stories while I was there. Here are a few favorites.
I guess the lede of my year, writing-wise, is that I had my first and only story on the front page of the Baltimore Sun during my time at the Baltimore Sun Media Group, in April. The third floor reporters usually aren’t on A1. Anyway, this was the story.
Police, firefighters and medics who provide aid to animals during emergencies would get new protection from liability…www.baltimoresun.com
My final story from my time at Baltimore Sun Media Group included one of my favorite photos I’ve taken in my career. It’s probably in the top two. Here’s that story.
When Hanna stopped climbing into her owner’s bed, Donna Foster knew something was wrong. Hanna, a 14-year-old Golden…www.baltimoresun.com
I always enjoy writing stories about people coming together for good, particularly when someone was in need, such as wrote about the pastor whose congregation stepped up after suffering a fall or the school community coming together after the unexpected death of a high school senior. It reminds me not all people are the worst.
When the Rev. Conan Timoney had an elevator installed at Patronage of the Mother of God Church in Arbutus 24 years ago…www.baltimoresun.com
The Lansdowne High School community came together Tuesday night to mourn No. 19. Kayla Linton, a 17-year-old senior…www.baltimoresun.comn
On the flip side, an important story I broke this year was the one of the nursing home owner who was discovered housing 16 people in a facility licensed for four beds. Here’s the initial story.
Baltimore County police and state authorities are investigating a Lansdowne assisted-living home after it was…www.baltimoresun.com
As someone who enjoys learning about how things work, I wrote a few stories that taught me a lot, such as the competitiveness of the gas industry, pet CPR and how future pilots and air traffic controllers are trained.
When it comes to filling up his GMC SUV, every penny counts for Frank Beales, a retired corrections officer from…www.baltimoresun.com
Tim and Megan Kelly's two mixed Boxers, Jack and Cassie, have a habit of gnawing everything in their Arbutus home. Two…www.baltimoresun.com
The two-year aviation technology program at the Community College of Baltimore County, started in 1974, offers six…www.baltimoresun.com
And, of course, I got to write about interesting people doing interesting things. That includes the couple celebrating their 70th anniversary, the 80-year-old line dancing instructor and the collegiate Baja racing team, just to name a few.
After returning from a four-year deployment to Europe in World War II, Richard McQuay stopped by Kibby's Restaurant and…www.baltimoresun.com
After undergoing open heart surgery following a heart attack last year, doctors told Nancy Sullivan that line dancing…www.baltimoresun.com
Race. Wreck. Rebuild. Repeat. Four words, outlined by 23-year-old Nick Belkoff, sum up a year in the life of the…www.baltimoresun.com
I did not do a good job chronicling things I enjoyed reading this year, whether by friends or by others, so just check out my friend Mitch’s Twitter thread of what he enjoyed. Maybe I’ll do a better job in 2018.
Instead, here’s my #2017bestnine on Instagram.