Former WBNG Anchor Fired in Baltimore TV News Controversy
A one-time Binghamton television reporter lost her anchor job in Baltimore after posing a question that was perceived by some as racist and sexist.
Mary Bubala, who worked for WBNG Action News in the early 1990s, was fired by WJZ following a segment about Baltimore's political future.
Bubala noted in a live interview that the city has had "three female, African American mayors in a row." She said although they were "passionate public servants," two had resigned. Bubala asked a guest whether that was "a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?"
The next day, Bubala tweeted an apology. She wrote that she "asked a question that did not come out the way I intended."
According to the Baltimore Sun, WJZ's general manager confirmed Bubala is no longer an employee.
In a Facebook post, Bubala said she is "saddened and shocked" that she was fired. She said she hopes the people of Baltimore know that she "would never do anything to hurt anyone."
Bubala, who is a 1991 Ithaca College graduate, worked briefly at WENY in Elmira before she became a reporter and weekend anchor at WBNG in Binghamton. She has worked at Baltimore television stations for more than two decades.
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