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Viewers Stage Protest to Bring Suspended WUSA Anchor Back

JC-HAYWARDHolding flashlights and singing “We Shall Overcome,” about two dozen people showed up in support of WUSA anchor J.C. Hayward on a Northwest Washington, D.C. sidewalk.

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

New Document Refutes Claim WUSA Anchor Didn’t Know About Alleged Scheme

JC-HAYWARDA recently filed court document may change things for WUSA anchor J.C. Hayward.

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

Should WUSA Have Aired Footage of Crew Attack?

bye_wusa_304After 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

WATCH: ‘GoodBye!’ WUSA Crew Attacked While Covering Home Invasion


A WUSA crew was maced and punched while covering a home invasion in Washington, DC where the station said several people were held hostage overnight.

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.

WUSA Anchor Seeks Dismissal From Suit Over Alleged School Scam

JC-HAYWARDJC Hayward, the WUSA anchor and vice president for media outreach being investigated for mismanagement of funds at a district charter school, has asked to be removed from the case.

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.

WUSA Anchor Named in Lawsuit and ‘Relieved of Her Duties’

JC-HAYWARDWUSA reports JC Hayward, noon anchor and vice president for media outreach for the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate, has been suspended after she was named in a lawsuit brought by the Washington, D.C. Attorney General.

The lawsuit also names three former managers of Options Public Charter School for at-risk youth who are accused of funneling nearly $3 Million of the school’s money into their own private companies.

According to The Washington Post, the suit alleges Hayward helped the three since she was the chair of the school’s board of trustees and signed off on many of the contracts.

Documents filed with the court papers show that the signature of Hayward, who allegedly helped incorporate one of the companies, appears to be on some of the expensive contracts.

Hayward told WUSA she did nothing wrong and never received any money in her role as chair for schools’ board. She also told WUSA she resigned from the board last week. Read more

Washington, D.C. Stations Break In to Cover Shootings at Navy Yard

After shots were reported around 8:20 a.m. ET this morning at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C., local stations broke into to regular programming with coverage at around 8:30 a.m.  After brief updates, most of the stations went back to the network morning shows then returned for wall-to-wall coverage near the top of the hour.

First on-air with the news was FOX owned station WTTG. Anchor Tony Perkins was already on-air with the “FOX 5 Morning News” when he tossed to Allison Seymour at 8:35 a.m. Seymour gave viewers a quick update before returning to the regular morning show.

Next up was NBC owned station WRC which broke in to NBC’s “Today” show at 8:39 a.m. Anchors Eun Yang and Aaron Gilchrist updated viewers from the studio on the developing situation.

CBS affiliate WUSA broke in to a commercial break at 8:47 a.m. during “CBS This Morning.” Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck anchored from the studio. WUSA also told viewers they could get updates on the breaking news from the station’s facebook and twitter feeds.

At 8:50 a.m., ABC affiliate WJLA broke in to “Good Morning America” with Jummy Olabanji anchoring from the studio. She quickly tossed to reporter Sam Ford who was live at the scene by phone. Ford said he lived close-by the scene and came over when he heard “all sorts of racket.” WJLA stayed on-air the rest of the morning.

One development worth watching was the use of social media by the stations. One example was WTTG @myfoxdc which kept viewers updated via twitter. See one of their tweets after the jump. Read more

WUSA Adds Jan Jeffcoat as Anchor

WUSA has announced Jan Jeffcoat will join the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate as co-anchor for the evening news.

“I’m excited to be coming home to family and the place where my husband grew up,” Jeffcoat said in a statement. “I’m also honored to join WUSA 9, one of the premier local television stations in the country!”

Jeffcoat left Chicago’s WFLD last year to co-host the Scripps nationally syndicated talk/news show “The List.”

She will co-anchor the station’s 5:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. news alongside Derek McGinty. Her first day on air will be Sunday, September 22, the night the station airs the Emmy Awards.

WUSA Reporter Picked Up on FBI Wiretap, Now Worried About Sources

WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson is concerned his sources may not pick up the phone after it was revealed the FBI had recorded his communication with now-disgraced Washington, D.C. councilman Michael Brown.

“I’m not going to be surprised if I call someone at some point in the near future and they say ‘I can’t talk to you because the FBI might be listening,’” Johnson told reporter Bruce Leshan, a colleague at the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate. “Bottom line, of course it’s unsettling when you get a call saying the FBI has heard part of your conversation.”

Johnson was told by an email from the U.S. Attorney’s office that “wire and/or electronic communications to or from your telephone were intercepted.” You can watch the video report after the jump. Read more

VIDEO: WUSA Recreates RGIII’s Wedding

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III got married over the weekend, and apparently WUSA‘s invitation to the Denver nuptials got lost in the mail. Instead, the CBS affiliate decided to recreate the ceremony so RGIII’s fans could see what they were missing (video above).

“Security is locked tight, but our cameras have obtained super duper secret video of the rehearsal. It just arrived by carrier pigeon moments ago. This is exclusive,” sports anchor Dave Owens joked. [h/t Yahoo! Sports]

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