Hillary Howard to Part Ways With WTOP on June 2

by MCS Staff

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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swood May 18, 2023 - 10:49 am

Looks like the shakeup continues at the areas only news radio station. My only question is did she have a sex reassignment during this event.

“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.””

MCS Staff May 18, 2023 - 11:44 am

A very odd question with a quote that doesn’t help explain anything.

SWOOD May 18, 2023 - 12:33 pm

Not odd

SWOOD May 18, 2023 - 5:40 pm

Editor must be Ron DeSanctimonios censoring everything submitted.

Bonnie May 18, 2023 - 11:12 pm

This person types like a Ravens fan LMAO

SWOOD May 20, 2023 - 4:53 pm

Well, if it isn’t the self-appointed Queen of keyboarding.

Evan Haning May 21, 2023 - 10:04 pm

You’re a sour SOB, aren’t you.

Joe Caulfield May 29, 2023 - 8:08 pm

Good luck, Hillary, and thank you for keeping me company all these years during afternoon drive time.

Hallie Porter May 30, 2023 - 2:28 pm

I will miss hearing on the radio. I have listened to you every day. I was worried when you no longer did the TV weather that we had lost you then, Your voice was always so light and happy that you would make me smile, Good luck to you with your future endeavors

Jean Aker May 30, 2023 - 4:26 pm

Take care and be well. Good fortune will follow.

Joyce May 31, 2023 - 5:19 pm

Thank you, Hilary! You are a class act! You will be missed! All the best to you in your ventures. Adventure Awaits! God bless you!

Marsha June 17, 2023 - 10:28 am

Thank you, Hillary, for giving us so many fun years!❤️You always have such an uplifting attitude that so easily comes across through your voice on the radio. I had thoroughly enjoyed listening to your time slot during my evening commute home. May better things come your way, you deserve every one! Shame on you WTOP! You will never be able to replace Hillary.😞
And, as to you swood, you need to take a big snooze! No one wants to read your juvenile commentary – ever!


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