Sinclair Broadcasting Ousts Maureen Bunyan, Months After Ouster of Leon Harris

Sinclair Broadcasting Ousts Maureen Bunyan, Months After Ouster of Leon Harris


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.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke