Maureen Bunyan, a pioneering news broadcaster based in Washington, D.C. who has appeared on air for over 40, has been ousted at WJLA.
The decision was made by conservative Sinclair Broadcasting. Bunyan was one of the first African American women in the U.S. to anchor a local evening news broadcast. Sinclair terminated Bunyan’s contract months after doing the same thing with popular anchor Leon Harris in September 2016.
The company also terminated the contracts of Arch Campbell, Tim Brant, Greta Kreuz, and longtime anchor Gordon Peterson.
According to the Washington Post, “Bunyan is the second longest-serving anchor in Washington after Jim Vance, who joined WRC, Channel 4, in 1969 and remains its leading anchor.”