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About Direct Connection

About Direct Connection

Mondays, 7pm

Direct Connection with Jeff Salkin is a different type of local public affairs program with its focus on personalities from all arenas. Whether conversational or confrontational, Salkin, known for his thorough investigative style, does what it takes to get in-depth answers to the questions viewers want asked. Viewers can join the conversation with their questions or comments by calling 1-800-926-0629 or by emailing Following the interview, viewers get a chance to join in a discussion with experts or reporters who are covering stories in the mid-Atlantic region.

If you would like to pitch a story to our news and public affairs staff, please fax a press release to (410) 581-4298 or email it to

Jeff Salkin, News Anchor

Jeff Salkin

Jeff Salkin is a Maryland native with over thirty years' experience as a broadcast journalist at television and radio stations in the Baltimore and Washington markets.

He joined Maryland Public Television (MPT) in 1991 and has become one of the most respected and recognizable journalists on the local public affairs scene. During his tenure with MPT he has served as moderator for political debates, hosted live coverage of the annual "State of the State" address, inaugurations, and numerous broadcast town hall meetings, and has anchored MPT's weekly State Circle broadcast during the Maryland General Assembly session each year.

As MPT's executive producer of Bloomberg Morning News, a weekday financial news report that aired in the 1990s, Mr. Salkin helped create and launch the program. It was a co-production of MPT and Bloomberg L.P. and was syndicated nationally to PBS stations.

In 2001, he began serving as anchor for Maryland Public Television's weeknight program, Direct Connection with Jeff Salkin, a community affairs interview show that made its debut on October 1 of that year.

He is an alumnus of Baltimore's Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Salkin resides in Howard County with his wife and three daughters.

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