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Andrea Durán

Student Journalist

I'm a Mass Communications major with a track in Journalism and a minor in International Studies at Towson University.
I was born in Mexico City and grew up in Maryland. I'm fluent in both Spanish and English but I am hoping to learn more languages. My aspiration is to one day be an investigative journalist and international correspondent.

I can be reached at [email protected]

"We have to laugh so we don't cry": The rise of viral mental health memes

By Andrea Duran & Sarah Malik Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writers "Roses are red, the sun is shining, my mental health is rapidly declining." Those words accompany a meme posted on Trent Gosnay's Instagram page, @everthing_sauce, which he describes on the page as "A little dose of everything to make your day less SUCC [an alternative spelling of suck]."

Baltimore gets its Pride back in harbor

By Andrea Durán Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer "Use the palm of your hand to cover your ears!" shouts a deckhand aboard the 109 foot-long Tall Ship. BOOM. An explosion bursts off the port side, straight from a replica of a 19th-century cannon.

Maryland Governor calls for more tax cuts, education spending, and crackdown on Baltimore violence

By Andrea Duran Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Gov. Larry Hogan pushed for tax deductions on retirees and college graduates, increased oversight on school systems, and harsher sentences for gun law violators on Wednesday to thunderous applause. Speaking to a joint session of the General Assembly, the Republican governor reminded lawmakers of his years of bipartisan cooperation and commonsense pragmatism.

Council considers rental property changes

Andrea Durán Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer The Baltimore County Council on Tuesday considered reinstating a past program for public maps on water, sewage, and transportation and expanding on rental property registration. Councilwoman Cathy Bevins discussed her bill, No. 24-18, which would expand a program that has been trying to limit the number of unregistered rental properties since 2007.

Dance to serve six months in jail

Andrea Durán Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Shaun Dallas Dance, a former Baltimore County Public School superintendent who recently pleaded guilty to four counts of perjury, was sentenced on Friday to six months in jail.

Two brothers + one dream = Best Waffles in Maryland

By Andrea Durán Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Khari and Shawn Parker opened Connie's Chicken and Waffles less than two years ago and already the Food Network named their waffles as the best in Maryland, The Baltimore Sun voted their signature dish as second-best Best Chicken Box and a Southwest Airlines magazine mentioned the business in an article on Baltimore City.

Maryland high schools join national walkout

By Andrea Durán, Ben Laing, Jacob Porter Anthony Petro and Wilbert Villatoro Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writers Hundreds of students across Maryland joined a national 17-minute walk out of class Wednesday to honor each student killed exactly one month ago in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Styrofoam ban moves to full City Council for a vote

By Andrea Durán Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer As the Baltimore City Council prepares to vote Monday on a proposed Styrofoam ban for all local food services, residents and business owners are debating whether saving the environment is worth the inconveniences of finding packaging substitutes.

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