Hillary Howard, a longtime DC-area reporter and news anchor, has announced that she’ll be leaving WTOP on June 2nd after what she referred to as a decision by management. Howard currently co-anchors afternoons from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. She started her career as a reporter and weather person in New York before coming to DC and WTTG/FOX5 for a decade. Howard also worked for WUSA9 and WJLA/ABC7 before coming to WTOP. She also hosts “It’s Academic”, the world’s longest running TV quiz show on NBC Washington. The letter she shared with her colleagues can be seen below:
“Colleagues and Friends,
Life is nothing but change. We are young. We are older. We’re awakened by new love and stricken by its end. We are naive. We are wizened. We plan. Then we meander. And all of it shapes us. After 18 years at WTOP, I’m remodeling my life. It’s a work in-progress born of hunger for new experiences and learning. I can’t wait to see where it leads.
But it’s also born of timing. WTOP is making a change that allows me the rare opportunity to pursue unexplored avenues. Wherever those roads lead, each of you has played a role in taking me there. I have deeply enjoyed sharing your joys, journeys, successes, sadnesses, and ridiculously irreverent humor.
I’ve loved our universal adrenaline rush during big stories, the eye-rolling over impossibly bizarre and unfathomable events and the collective grief over things we hoped never to report. The world is changing. As is our industry. And each brings its own challenge. But, working with a team that laughs as easily as it offers shoulders and open arms makes it easier.
My last day is June 2nd. Here’s to old friendships and new beginnings.
With Love, Hillary”
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My final day @WTOP is June 2nd. This is the letter I shared with colleagues after learning of management's decision. I'll miss you talking to you. 💕 #RADIO #DMV #DC https://t.co/b39dli4CCd
— Hillary Howard (@hhowardWTOP) May 18, 2023