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Media coverage of the Baltimore bridge collapse

On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we discuss coverage of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

Maersk, the company that chartered the cargo ship that destroyed the bridge, was recently sanctioned by regulators for blocking its employees from directly reporting safety concerns to the US Coast Guard — in violation of a seaman whistleblower protection law, according to The Lever's Lucy Dean Stockton. Maersk is one of the world’s largest shipping companies, reporting more than $51 billion in revenue in 2023. The Lever also reports that when US Senate candidate Larry Hogan was Maryland’s Republican governor, he worked to attract outsized cargo vessels to Baltimore’s port — despite safety warnings from an insurance giant and transportation experts.

Within hours of the bridge collapse, The Guardian's Dharna Noor was on the ground getting responses from community members. Jesús Campos, a construction worker for the company Brawner Builders, said the six immigrant workers who died while filling pot holes on the bridge, supported family members here and abroad.


Lucy Dean Stockton, news editor at the Lever

Dharna Noor, fossil fuels and climate reporter at the Guardian US


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The Lever: Hogan Pressed For Bigger Ships, Despite Safety Warnings

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Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.