“I have had a glorious 43 years with Channel 9,” said Hayward. “The people at the station have been my family for 43 years and they will always remain so in my thoughts and wonderful memories as I venture into this new phase of life.”
Hayward is credited with being the market’s first female anchor. She survived stage two breast cancer in 2012.
In 2013, she was named in a lawsuit brought by the Washington, D.C. Attorney General. The lawsuit claimed she helped three former managers of a charter school for at-risk youth skim nearly $3 million of the school’s money into their own private companies.
“On behalf of everyone here at WUSA 9 past and present,” said WUSA president and GM Mark Burdett. “We want to say ‘thank you, JC, for all you have given us’ and we wish you the very best in this new chapter of life.”