Longtime Baltimore tv news staple Mary Bubala’s station bio and her picture on the WJZ website were the first to go missing.
Now she’s gone.
“Mary Bubala is no longer a WJZ-TV employee,” vice president and general manager Audra Swain said in an email. “The station apologizes to its viewers for her remarks.”
Last week, on the day that Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh resigned amid a raid on her home and a scandal over a “self-dealing” book-sales arrangement, Bubala stepped into controversy during a news segment in which she seemed to link the race and gender of Baltimore’s last three mayors to the ability to lead.
“We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row,” Bubala began in a question to Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, a professor at Loyola College and a Baltimore radio show show host. “They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore city forward?”
Social media outrage ensued.
By Friday, Bubala was in full-on remorse mode.
All had been silent since – until Tuesday.
Bubala was no wet-behind-the-ears beginner.
She spent more than 15 years at the station, and she spent more than four years before that at WMAR.
And she didn’t get to offer an on-air apology.