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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Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.