Fired Anchor Resurfaces as Reporter in Baltimore

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Former WJZ anchor Mary Bubala is back on Baltimore television after being fired for what some thought was a racist on-air comment.

She’s landed at WBFF, the Sinclair owned Fox affiliate in the market as reporter.

Back in May, she asked a question during a live segment after the fallout from the city’s Mayor’s resignation. She asked, “We’ve had three female African-American mayors in a row—they were all passionate public servants, two resigned, though. Is it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”


The segment was clipped and posted online. The question was quickly labeled as being racist by journalists and locals. Bubala issued a statement but it wasn’t enough. She was fired from WJZ shortly after.

But on Tuesday she appeared on WBFF’s 4 p.m. newscast.

“Mary Bubala is a tremendous talent with more than 20 years of experience reporting on issues that matter to the Baltimore community. She has an impressive body of work, and we look forward to having her join our incredible team,” said WBFF general manager Bill Fanshawe.