WJLA-TV has fired Doug McKelway for allegedly behaving badly earlier this summer. Reasons for the firing included insubordination and a shouting match. No doubt newsrooms can be volatile and tense. McKelway’s firing comes in the same week that we learn that Fox News’s Brian Wilson left Fox News – officially he resigned but clearly the feeling was mutual and he was shown the door. He was known for temper issues.
WaPo‘s Paul Farhi has the scoop. Interesting details about the long line of McKelway family journalists and potential book come at the end of the story.
McKelway said that he is currently working on a book about his family’s history in journalism in Washington. McKelway’s grandfather, Benjamin, was the longtime editor of the Washington Star; his great-uncle St. Clair was a writer and editor for the New Yorker for 30 years; and his late uncle John was a columnist with the Star and the Washington Times.
> UPDATE: A reader writes in to suggest that if McKelway’s journalism career wanes he can always rely on his banjo playing. He has been known to play at the Tiffany Tavern in Old Town. McKelway is passionate about his Bluegrass. Watch the WMAU-FM Country video of him with The Lisa Kay Band here.