Maureen Bunyan, of Guyanese and Aruban heritage, is the Former Emmy Award winning Anchor of WJLA TV 7, ABC Affiliate, Washington DC.
Ms. Bunyan began her career in news at The Milwaukee Journal, where she worked as a free-lancer while in college. She began in broadcasting in 1970 at WGBH-TV, the public broadcasting station in Boston. Shortly after, she moved to New York to work at WCBS-TV News and in 1973, joined the then WTOP-TV (now WUSA-TV) where she was a lead news anchor and reporter, covering major local, national and international stories. During her 22 years at WUSA-TV, Ms. Bunyan won a reputation as a clear-thinking, clear-spoken and fair-minded newsperson upon which viewers and listeners could depend. In 1999, Ms. Bunyan joined Washington's ABC-7 News, as a primary news anchor. Ms. Bunyan has been a leader in her profession and an outspoken advocate for women and minorities in the newsroom. She was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (1975) and of the International Women's Media Foundation (1990), which serves women journalists in 100 countries.
In recognition of her significant contributions to news broadcasting, Ms. Bunyan was inducted in to the "Hall of Fame" of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the "Silver Circle" of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the Broadcast Pioneers Club of Washington. She has been awarded seven local Emmys and the "Ted Yates Award", given by NATAS to broadcasters who exemplify the best in their profession. In 1990, she was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists. Ms. Bunyan is the recipient of several honorary degrees and has been honored by numerous local and national groups. Named a "Washingtonian of the Year" in 1992, Ms. Bunyan has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations.