News Anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV
Maureen Bunyan is a 44-year veteran of television news who anchors the 6 o’clock weeknight newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV.
She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women’s Media Foundation, which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame in January of 2014.
Her significant contributions to broadcasting have been recognized through a variety of professional and community service awards including “Washingtonian of the Year” and her induction 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 Washington, DC news broadcasters who are leaders in the profession. The National Association of Black Journalists named her “Journalist of the Year”, and she received the annual “Immigrant Achievement Award” from the American Immigration Law Foundation in 2002.
Currently, Ms. Bunyan serves on the various volunteer boards including the International Women’s Media Foundation, Casey Journalism Center on Children & Families, Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Women’s Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee of Women in Film & Video, and Women of Washington.
In June of 2014, Maureen Bunyan was knighted and inducted into The Order of Orange-Nassau, a Dutch order of chivalry. The Order of Orange-Nassau is a chivalric honor given to those who deserve recognition for exemplary contributions to society. She was inducted her longstanding commitment to build and strengthen ties between Aruba and the United States.
Ms. Bunyan attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Columbia University School of Journalism and holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She was born in Aruba and grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin. She is of Guyanese descent.