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mary Bubala is a former Baltimore news anchor who was fired after she appeared to link ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s resignation to her race and gender.
“Mary Bubala is no longer a WJZ-TV employee. The station apologizes to its viewers for her remarks,” the station told the Baltimore Sun Tuesday.
@MaryWJZ @WJZ As a Black man in America, I found your question about having 3 female African American on this evening newscast offensive . In a City, which is over 60% black , you have offended thousands of people. You owe your listeners an apology
— dcbmorelocalnewswatcher (@BlayzBrooks) May 3, 2019
Bubala had worked at the station for more than 15 years, most recently anchoring its 5 pm and 11 pm newscasts, according to the Maryland Daily Record.
Bubala confirmed her departure on Facebook, writing that “WJZ was forced to let me go.”
Bubala’s ouster comes days after she appeared to link the race and gender of the last three Baltimore mayors, two of whom resigned and one of whom opted not to run for reelection.
“We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row,” Bubala said. “They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”
Pugh resigned last week amid a controversy involving the sale of her self-published children’s books.
Readers respond: If Mary Bubala had been a man, she would have probably been allowed to make an on-air apology and keep her job. https://t.co/uDIk1JvF2b
— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) May 7, 2019
Bubala previously worked at Maryland’s WMAR, upstate New York’s WENY and WBNG, and at WOKR in Rochester, according to The Daily Record.
She was nominated for a 2016 regional Emmy award for her coverage of the Freddy Gray protests and was awarded a regional Emmy for outstanding news anchor.
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Her comments came after former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned last week amid a bizarre scandal centered over a series of children’s books she self-published and sold.
“No,” Whitehead replied to Bubala’s question. “Because of the work that they did, the love that they had for the city, the commitment they had for the city. The next leader of Baltimore city, if it’s going to be Jack Young or whoever will challenge him coming up next year, needs to have that same level of commitment and passion.”
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Mary Bubala Questioned If Baltimore Needed a Mayor Who Was Not African-American and Female
- Baltimore Association of Black Journalists Condemned Bubala’s Remarks
- WJZ Fired Bubala Despite Several Apologies
- The group’s statement also noted that WJZ-TV ran a story online claiming that Pugh had fled the state
- “Mary Bubala is no longer a WJZ-TV employee.
- Bubala confirmed her ouster in a Facebook post. Her firing came after multiple apologies on Twitte
- Bubala Says She Was ‘Shocked’ by Her Firing
- Bubala’s Critics Say Apology & Firing Are Not Enough
- Nicki Mayo, the former president of the Baltimore Association of Black Journalists said she was hurt by the sexism of Bubala’s question as well as the racism.
— BaltSunTV (@BaltSunTV) May 7, 2019