Dave Wheelan, publisher and executive editor of The Talbot Spy, will speak at the St. Michaels Library on Thursday, April 20 at 11:00 am.
Wheelan will talk about the 13-year history of the Spy Newspapers in Talbot, Kent and Dorchester Counties. He will also go into detail about their impact on the communities they serve; and whether the Spy template might prove to be a successful template for other regions in the country that have lost their legacy newspapers.
Wheelan was born and raised in Winnetka, IL. Over the last thirty years, he has worked in the fields of communications, institutional development, and strategic planning with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, Washington College, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, and the University of California, Berkeley.
He founded Spy in 2009, which currently supports three e-newspapers on the Eastern Shore.
For more information, call 410 745-5877 or visit the Events Calendar on the website: www.tcfl.org.
About Talbot County Free Library
It is the mission of the Talbot County Free Library to enrich and renew the lives of the people it serves. There are two locations: The main library in Easton is located at 100 W. Dover St.; and the St. Michael branch is at 106 Fremont St. The Maryland Room in the Easton branch holds a voluminous collection of genealogical resources and historical documents. Services at both locations include the circulation of books, DVDs, and digital devices, as well as free Wi-Fi, public computers, exhibits, and programs for both children and adults. Many of the Talbot County Free Library’s programs are made possible by the generous support of the local community.For more information, please visit www.tcfl.org. Be sure to like the library on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @Talbotcountyfreelibrary.
Letters to Editor
Jerry McConnell says
I’m one —of I’m sure many—that are delighted to have the SPY to inform, educate, and entertain us. As mentioned in the intro, towns like ours—and many much larger communities—have lost their independent newspapers over the past years. Although there is still something akin to a newspaper published for readers on the Mid Shore, the “crab wrapper” (yes, that’s what we call the StarDemo) has devolved into an advertising flyer without editorial standards that is straining to find copy to fill the pages. Fortunately, the demographics of our region guarantee enough obituaries to keep the paper entertaining. The StarDem’s days are probably numbered, however, so hopefully outlets like the SPY will be here for a while to fill the void.
Many thanks to Mr. Wheelan for his investment in our community.
Liz Freeclander says
Some lucky star brought you to our communities, Dave.
Juanita Robbins says
Would you please consider recording this, if possible, for those who are interested, but out of the area on that date? The Spy and it’s contributors are among our cultural gems. Thank you.