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Mike McMearty

News Director


I got my start in radio at a little mom-and-pop station (literally) in Prince Frederick, Maryland working with Mel and Ada Gollub and Marty Madden at WMJS... all the while waiting tables, bartending and cooking at the old Sir Walter Raleigh Inn.

Next stop, WNAV in Annapolis... Dave Johnson used to do sports at the station and put in a good word for me. The pay was such that I kept my job waiting tables, bartending and cooking.

I came to WTOP in 1992 working 9 to 5 as an assistant editor (not THAT 9 to 5... 9p to 5a). Once in the door at WTOP, I decided to hang up my tongs and apron and concentrate solely on news.

I've been at WTOP for 21 proud years now. In that time, I've been an editor, producer, reporter, anchor, sports reporter, assistant news director and for the last 13 years -- the News Director.

So far in 2013, WTOP has won 25 major awards for excellence in journalism. WTOP has been recognized twice in the past five years with the National Edward R. Murrow for Overall Excellence.

You can email me at mmcmearty@wtop.com