Wright joins WRC from WTVT, the Fox owned station in Tampa, where she has been a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor since 2008. She has previously worked at WHTM in Harrisburg, Penn. and at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y. She began her television career at WDIV in Detroit.
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The anchor for the local CBS affiliate has been off the air since early October after being suspended for her alleged role in a lawsuit accusing executives at a local charter school of siphoning off millions of dollars of the school’s money into two for-profit companies.
“The charges against J.C. do not match the J.C. that we know. J.C. has always given,” Norma Stewart, who said she has been a friend of Hayward for decades, told The Washington Post.
Friends and supporters who gathered outside WUSA’s offices Thursday prayed and sang, and said there’s no way Hayward — who has frequently volunteered for and donated to local charities — would have knowingly been involved in anything inappropriate. Read more
The Washington Post reports a document filed in D.C. Superior Court Monday said the anchor for the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate was a paid consultant for one of the two companies involved in the alleged scheme to siphon millions of dollars from Options Charter School.
A civil complaint filed in October against former managers of the charter school included Hayward, who was the chair of the school’s board of trustees at the time. The complaint alleges the executives siphoned at least $3 million of the school’s money into two companies they ran.
Lawyers for Hayward looked to have the longtime D.C. anchor removed from the case.
The new accusation suggests that Hayward approved payments to the companies in her role as chairwoman while receiving money from one of those companies as a consultant. The court document — filed Monday, according to a spokesman for the attorney general’s office — does not say how much money Hayward allegedly received in payments, how long she consulted for the company or what the consulting entailed. Read more
After WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Danielle Gill were attacked covering a home invasion earlier this week, the CBS affiliate aired reported on the incident. Noting that the woman in the video has not yet been identified — and therefore could have been one of the victims of the home invasion –The Washington Post wonders if the story should have aired at all:
Johnson says he doesn’t know the identity of the woman who attacked him or the circumstances that led her to the townhouse in which D.C. police said four armed men held eight people hostage and assaulted three of them. Neither does his boss, WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi.
Which leaves open the question: Was the woman one of the victims? Considering that most media organizations won’t identify survivors of violent crimes, out of concern for their privacy and safety, did TV crews cross a line in recording her and airing the footage?
[...] “If the definition of news is something unusual happening, this was certainly something unusual,” D’Ambrosi said. Read more
Reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Daniell Gill caught the attention of a woman inside the house who demanded the CBS affiliate’s crew leave and repeatedly told them, “Goodbye.” When they told her they were standing on public property, she sprayed mace at them and then got physical with them until they agreed to go.
“We don’t know who the young woman was in that video,” said Johnson on-air. “It’s possible, just possible she could have been one of those people held hostage at gunpoint inside the house.”
Johnson said neither he nor Gill will file charges saying they don’t know what she had gone through before they got there. He said they’d leave that up to the police.
@FitzFox5DC oh. Local FOX? Twitter followers vote.
— Tom Matzzie (@tommatzzie) October 25, 2013
Tom Matzzie, the man otherwise known as the guy who tweeted what former NSA and CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden was saying while giving off the record conversations on his train ride between Washington, DC and New York, publicly said he will not be doing any interviews with FOX News about the tweet up.
Matzzie turned back to twitter, this time for answers. “oh. Local FOX? Twitter followers vote.”
Apparently twitter said, “Yes.” Matzzie did a phone interview with Fitzgerald Friday night. Said Matzzie about eavesdropping on the former NSA and CIA chief, “He wasn’t [inaudible] like, having one private conversation. He was having multiple conversations about the same topic.”
With Steve Chenevey (left) set to rejoin Fox-owned WTTG in Washington, D.C., next month, changes are afoot for the station’s morning and evening anchor lineups. Chenevey will co-anchor the morning newscast beginning November 4 and Tony Perkins (right) will move to evenings beginning October 28.
“I am thrilled to announce Steve’s return to the FOX 5 family and Tony’s move to evenings. This new talent lineup will enhance our incredible bench of reliable and engaging news anchors, who continue to keep our commitment to bringing viewers relevant and compelling local news,” WTTG vice president and general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.
Chenevey, who was most recently the morning anchor at rival WJLA, will co-anchor “Fox 5 Morning News” alongside Allison Seymour. Perkins, who has been WTTG’s morning anchor since 2012, will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast with Laura Evans and the 10 p.m. newscast with Shawn Yancy.
“I’ve always been a believer that you actually can go home again and I’m incredibly fortunate to get the chance to return to my FOX 5 News family. I’m ready to jump back in without skipping a beat,” Chenevey said. “I can’t wait to see so many familiar faces and reunite with our loyal viewers.”
More from Fox after the jump. Read more
Last week, Hayward was named in a civil suit alleging officials at the Options Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. had siphoned off millions of dollars from the school into their own private companies. Hayward was chairman of the school’s board of trustees at the time of the alleged wrongdoing.
According to The Washington Post, Hayward’s lawyer filed papers Wednesday with a D.C. Superior Court Judge to remove Hayward from the case saying the anchor for the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate “not only did not benefit financially from the alleged scheme but was entirely unaware of its existence.”
WUSA reports Hayward’s filing doesn’t address “the District claim that JC herself incorporated one of the companies that allegedly benefited from the insider deals.”
No criminal charges have been filed yet. Hayward was suspended from WUSA last week pending further investigation.
Staffers at ABC affiliate WJLA were told of Chenevey’s departure this afternoon, we’re told. He begins in November at WTTG; it is not immediately clear what his assignment will be.
Chenevey, who spent nine years as the morning anchor at WTTG, has most recently served as a general assignment reporter at WJLA. He was originally hired at the station as the morning and noon anchor.
After just 10 months at the anchor desk, Scott Thuman is moving back into his previous role as senior political reporter. In a strange turn of events, Thuman will be replaced by Autria Godfrey (pictured), who is his ex-wife. Godfrey will anchor alongside Jummy Olabanji, who has been filling in on the morning newscast since Cynne Simpson left WJLA.
“Together they make a lively, engaging and intelligent team,” WJLA general manager Bill Lord wrote in a note to staffers. “…I want to thank Scott Thuman for his hard work and dedication to hosting and helping out in a myriad of ways on Good Morning Washington.”
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