Stewart Bainum’s Journey to Launch the Baltimore Banner

May 3, 2022

An “E&P Reports” Vodcast with Mike Blinder

This story originally appeared on Editor and Publisher on April 30, 2022. The full story can be found here.

The Baltimore Banner website proudly displays a mission: “To be the leading provider of news and lifestyle content in the Baltimore metro area,” which Nielsen ranks as the 26th largest Designated Market Area (DMA) in the United States. Currently, the city has 11 newspapers, four broadcast TV news operations and a full-time news/talk radio outlet.

But when the well-known CEO of Choice Hotels International and philanthropist Stewart Bainum’s battle with Alden Capitol to acquire the Baltimore Sun from Tribune media failed, he turned to an already strategized “Plan B.” He pledged $50 million of his own money to enter the market as a standalone, digital-only, nonprofit news platform: The Baltimore Banner.

This story was originally published in Editor and Publisher. Find the full interview here.

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