I remember watching the news as a kid growing up in Chicago and seeing one of my favorite reporters taking on city hall and fighting for the little guy. He was something like a superhero, and I wanted to be just like him.
I'm proud to say that I've achieved the goal of becoming a reporter, and even more proud to know that some of my stories have helped make a difference.
Hello, everyone! My name is Maureen Umeh and I'm an anchor and reporter for FOX 5 Morning. It's a new shift for me after being here at FOX 5 since 2002 and anchoring and reporting on mostly the evening and weekend newscasts.
The early hours are taking some adjustment, but boy am I having fun. I mean, on what other show can you go from covering something serious at the White House to dancing with a celebrity, and laughing till you cry with a famous comedian? It's a whirlwind, and I'm so glad to hear from so many of you who tell me how much you enjoy our shows.
My career in TV started many moons ago in Champaign, Illinois. I was lucky to land a full-time reporting job at WCIA-TV right after I graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
I worked so hard to get that job. I had a radio talk show and also DJ’d. I wrote for the university newspaper, and then I worked at the TV station. I did anything I thought would give me the experience needed to be a better journalist. It wasn't always fun, but it proves that hard work does pay off.
My next stop was Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina where I served as one of the main anchors for the late evening newscasts at WSPA-TV. I had such an amazing experience there and treasure the memories.
I've been honored with several awards for my work. They include an Emmy for Best Investigative Series and Best Newscast. I've also been honored by many other organizations, including the South Carolina Television and Arts Association; the Illinois Broadcaster's Association and the NAACP.
I served as the Chairwoman for the Upstate Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society and also worked with nonprofit organizations including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Mathew House, an agency for disadvantaged youth. With that said, my biggest accomplishment is my daughter.
She is a dream come true, and I am so grateful to be her Mom. In my free time, I love to travel. What Nigerian doesn't? Yes, I am full Nigerian. Born there, partially bred there. Ask me how I got rid of my accent or learned to pronounce the word, "fork." Now, how's that for a tease? Thank you for watching and allowing me the honor of bringing you the news.
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Authorities in D.C. are continuing their search for a missing 2-month-old. Officers say the infant, Kyon Jones, was last seen around 12 p.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of Benning Road in Northeast D.C.
The Prince William County school superintendent will present the school board a reopening plan Wednesday that would call for a five day a week, full-time, in-person learning schedule for the fall school year.
The Montgomery County Council has voted on guidance for in-person graduation ceremonies.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and other federal and state officials will visit a new COVID-19 mass vaccination site in Tysons Corner Monday ahead of its Tuesday opening.
A Montgomery County councilmember is calling for stronger police reform after recent police involved incidents. Will Jawando has commissioned a study on traffic stops and introduced a bill aimed at better training for police.
Authorities have arrested a Gaithersburg man they say sexually assaulted a woman he met on an online dating app.
Maryland is seeing a rise in new COVID-19 cases and young people may be the reason why the numbers are spiking.
More people in Maryland are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine after the state moved into Phase 2A of its COVID-19 vaccination plan Tuesday.
Fairfax County Public Schools say they will be returning to five days a week of in-person learning in the fall.