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Joel McCord

On the one-year anniversary of the shootings in the Annapolis Capital newsroom, the city of Annapolis dedicated a memorial garden to the five victims in a quiet waterfront park, off the beaten path and away from the chaos of the City Dock.

There were five rosebushes, one each for Gerald Fischman, the editorial writer; Rebecca Smith, an advertising associate; assistant editor Rob Hiaasen; Wendi Winters, a feature writer, and reporter John McNamara, and a plaque with their names.

Emily Sullivan/WYPR

The worst attack on journalists in U.S. history was one year ago today -- when a man entered the offices of the Capital Gazette and killed five people with a shotgun. The journalists who survived say that dealing with their trauma and grief has not been a linear process. They also cite remaining sources of comfort -- like their connection with each other and ongoing community support.


WYPR’s Emily Sullivan talked to four journalists from the paper about the shooting’s first anniversary. Here is what they said.

Joel McCord

Two days before the first anniversary of the murders in the Annapolis Capital newsroom, federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to authorize a memorial to fallen journalists in the nation’s capital.

The bill, sponsored by Senators Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, and Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, would allow the privately funded memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia.

Jessica Bakeman

Some student survivors of the February high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., spent the summer getting therapy in the form of music, theater and art activities.

Camp Shine, a free arts therapy program, was held at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and later, at a middle school next door — in Parkland. But the glue connecting the people behind the scenes was Baltimore.