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Baltimore, MD
Jamie Smith Hopkins
My Role

Business news reporter covering the regional economy, manufacturing and energy.
My Biography

Grew up in Columbia, left Maryland to cover education in Iowa and then returned home in 1999 to work at The Baltimore Sun. Winner of journalism awards for housing and economic coverage from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
My Interests

Number crunching and shedding light on complicated issues affecting people's lives.
My Recent Articles

Group with local ties wins battle to buy 1st Mariner 4/15/2014
'Dramatic shift' as investor group sweetens offer, wins creditor support In a surprising reversal, last week's losing bidder for 1st Mariner Bank got approval Tuesday to buy it — preserving the city's largest independent bank as a Baltimore-based institution.

Advocates seek to help trade school students burned by debts 4/5/2014
Schools accused of exploiting students for their aid Janice Peete-Bey didn't stay long at the Baltimore trade school where she enrolled 25 years ago, leaving after the class seemed useless. But the student loan debt from her noneducation haunts her to this day.

Bidders battle over 1st Mariner Bank 4/15/2014
Judge to decide who gets to buy Baltimore-based institution An all-out battle over Baltimore's last major independent bank broke out Monday in federal bankruptcy court, leaving a judge to decide — potentially later this week — whether the institution is sold to an investment group with local ties or to a Pennsylvania bank.

Recycling plant to be built in Baltimore County this year 4/4/2014
Companies teaming up on the project expect to employ about 50 A local company said Friday that it is teaming up with another firm to build a Baltimore County recycling plant expected to employ about 50 people.

Kevin Plank offers Cupid's Cup contest winner an extra $25 grand 4/4/2014
Winner of competition put on by Under Armour founder and UM makes malaria tests Under Armour founder Kevin Plank was so impressed with Friday's winner of the nationwide entrepreneur competition he runs with the University of Maryland, he offered the graduate student $25,000 in exchange for a stake in his company.