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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red and Blue
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ski Resorts
Favorite Quote:
Such is life.

Birthplace

Born:
8/17/1959
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red and Blue
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ski Resorts
Favorite Quote:
Such is life.

Birthplace

Born:
8/17/1959
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Derek McGinty was born on August 17, 1959 in Washington, D.C. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, and graduated in 1977. McGinty went on to receive his B.A. degree in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1981.

McGinty was hired first as a desk assistant for ABC Radio News in the Washington bureau, and then became a reporter for United Press International's Washington Metro desk. From 1984 to 1991, McGinty worked as an anchor/reporter for WHUR-FM, where he went on to co-host “The Daily Drum,” a news and interview program covering local politics. He then hosted the radio talk show called “The Derek McGinty Show” from 1991 to 1998 on WAMU in Washington, D.C. His guests included former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, former Secretary of State James Baker, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, rapper Ice-T and author Robert Ludlum, among others. McGinty also served as an anchor for News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C. in 1994. In addition, he worked as a correspondent for the PBS series "State of the Union," as a moderator for "Straight Talk with Derek McGinty" on Washington, D.C.'s WETA-TV, and as a correspondent for the CBS News program "Coast to Coast." He has also served as host of WETA's public affairs program "Here & Now," guest host of NPR's All Things Considered, and host of Discovery Channel's weekly online talk show, "Live! With Derek McGinty."

In 1998, McGinty left WAMU and was hired as a correspondent on the CBS News program “Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel.” He then served as a correspondent for “Real Sports” on HBO from 1999 to 2003, and worked as a reporter and anchor for WJLA from 1999 to 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he was co-anchor of ABC's “World News Now,” and anchor of “World News This Morning.” In 2003, McGinty joined WUSA, where he serves as the weekday anchor for WUSA 9 News at 7pm and weeknight co-anchor for WUSA 9 News at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm. He was also the host of “Eye on Washington.” McGinty has written articles that have appeared in The New York Times; The Washington Post; The New York Daily News; and Washingtonian Magazine.

In 1994, “The Derek McGinty Show” received the Gold Award for Public Affairs Programming from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the highest programming honor in public radio.

Derek McGinty was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 19, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Derek McGinty's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Derek McGinty lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Derek McGinty talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Derek McGinty talks about his mother's educational background and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Derek McGinty talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Derek McGinty talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Derek McGinty reflects upon his father's dream of being a playwright
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Derek McGinty describes the plays his father wrote
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Derek McGinty describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Derek McGinty describes his father's features and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Derek McGinty describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Derek McGinty talks about his mother's Howard University music students that included Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Derek McGinty talks about his sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Derek McGinty talks about his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Derek McGinty describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Derek McGinty describes his childhood neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Derek McGinty describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Derek McGinty recalls the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Derek McGinty talks about his experiences in elementary and middle school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Derek McGinty describes his childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Derek McGinty describes his interest in fashion and style as a teenager in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Derek McGinty remembers his childhood teachers and mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Derek McGinty describes how transferring schools affected him as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Derek McGinty talks about how meeting news anchor James Vance influenced his decision to become a journalist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Derek McGinty talks about his high school experiences and mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Derek McGinty describes how his parents' influenced his decision to attend American University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Derek McGinty describes his experiences at American University, including pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Derek McGinty describes his stand on freedom of speech at American University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Derek McGinty describes his father's focus on honesty and integrity as part of a core value system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Derek McGinty talks about being an African American student at American University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Derek McGinty talks about his internships and employment while a student at American University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Derek McGinty talks about his admiration for Bryant Gumbel and the influence of his teachers at American University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Derek McGinty talks about his internship at ABC News while a student at American University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Derek McGinty talks about being hired as a news writer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Derek McGinty describes his hiring as a news reporter at United Press International
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Derek McGinty describes his first on-air job at WHUR
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Derek McGinty talks about how "The Derek McGinty Show" started
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Derek McGinty describes the continued segregation in radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Derek McGinty talks about his most memorable shows
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Derek McGinty talks about his favorite "The Derek McGinty Show" shows
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Derek McGinty talks about leaving "The Derek McGinty Show"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Derek McGinty describes his experiences covering HBO "Real Sports" stories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Derek McGinty describes his experiences covering HBO "Real Sports" stories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Derek McGinty talks about co-anchoring for ABC World News Now
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Derek McGinty talks about his current position at WUSA Channel Nine News in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Derek McGinty describes his most memorable moments and stories at WUSA Channel Nine News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Derek McGinty reflects upon the death of President Ronald Reagan and the Boston bombing as some of his biggest news stories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Derek McGinty credits his persistence as a key to his success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Derek McGinty reflects upon his building a career in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Derek McGinty shares his philosophy on journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Derek McGinty describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Derek McGinty reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Derek McGinty compares television and radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Derek McGinty talks about what he would have done differently in life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Derek McGinty describes his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Derek McGinty talks about his civic involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Derek McGinty talks about his loved ones and family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Derek McGinty shares insight into his experiences with difficult radio and television guests
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Derek McGinty shares how he wants to be remembered