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J.C. Hayward: A long-time local
benefactor and WUSA anchor
awaits a legal resolution

Washington Post, by Emma Brown*

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/18/2013 3:40:51 PM

J.C. Hayward’s last noon broadcast began like any other, with orchestral theme music and the top headlines of the hour. It was Oct. 1, the first day of a partial government shutdown that would dominate Washington news for weeks, and there was Hayward, pivoting to lighter fare with a short take on two National Aquarium alligators heading to a new life in Louisiana. She then emerged from behind the WUSA (Channel 9) anchor’s desk to interview a cancer survivor whose story inspired a feature film. These are the rhythms of local television news, the rhythms that have been at the

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J.C. Hayward: A long-time local
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Washington Post, by Emma Brown*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 3:40:51 PM     Post Reply
J.C. Hayward’s last noon broadcast began like any other, with orchestral theme music and the top headlines of the hour. It was Oct. 1, the first day of a partial government shutdown that would dominate Washington news for weeks, and there was Hayward, pivoting to lighter fare with a short take on two National Aquarium alligators heading to a new life in Louisiana. She then emerged from behind the WUSA (Channel 9) anchor’s desk to interview a cancer survivor whose story inspired a feature film. These are the rhythms of local television news, the rhythms that have been at the

   

 

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