Doug McKelway

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Douglas B. McKelway (born 1954) is a television journalist who serves as a general assignment reporter for the Washington, D.C. bureau of the Fox News Channel. He joined the network in November 2010.[1] McKelway previously worked at the Washington D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA-TV.

He was born and raised in Washington D.C.[2] His grandfather, Benjamin M. McKelway, was editor of the Washington Evening Star newspaper and President of the Associated Press. His father, William Prentiss McKelway, was an obstetrician and a clinical professor at George Washington University Hospital.[3] McKelway graduated from the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College.[1]

Broadcast career[edit]

McKelway's first television news job was in Charlotte, North Carolina at WPCQ-TV (now WCNC-TV) from 1980 to 1982. He also worked in Kansas, Missouri and Florida, before returning to Washington. He was a reporter and news anchor with WRC-TV until October 2001, when he joined WJLA-TV.

On May 13, 2009, as co-host of Washington, DC's Let's Talk Live on local cable's TBD TV (Formerly News Channel 8), McKelway conducted a live interview with blogger Michael Rogers where they discussed Rogers' efforts to "out" secretly gay politicians who oppose gay rights. At one point, McKelway told Rogers, "I'd take you outside and give you a punch across the face... I think you're hurting innocent people."[2][4]

In July 2010, McKelway provided live coverage for the noon newscast of a rally by religious and environmental groups that were protesting BP's response to the Gulf oil spill. McKelway made comments regarding BP's contributions to Democratic President Barack Obama. After the broadcast, McKelway met with WJLA Station Manager Bill Lord, who objected to the BP contribution facts being divulged in the live report, and following a heated exchange, McKelway was suspended from his reporting duties as well as anchoring the early-morning Good Morning, Washington news show.[2] The Washington Post later reported on September 17, 2010, that McKelway had been dismissed.[5] Since his firing he has been hired by Fox News Channel for which he is now a reporter.[1]

During the Thanksgiving Holidays in 2013, McKelway substituted for Brett Baier on Fox News' Special Report, giving him exposure amongst the large early-evening Fox audience.

On April 25, 2019, McKelway sent emails[6] to fellow Fox News colleagues defending Donald Trump's statement in the days after the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017. The rally featured torch carrying protestors chanting "Jews will not replace us" and culminated in a man with Neo Nazi beliefs ramming his car into a crowd near the protest, killing Heather Heyer and injuring more than 20 other people. Trump, in response to questions about the protest, said there "were very fine people, on both sides". McKelway's email attempted to defend Trump's comments[7]. McKelway supported his view by referencing an interview he had at the time with event protestors. He wrote, “Putting this Biden statement out there, next to Trump’s original presser, and a live interview I did in C-ville with ‘good people on both sides'". McKelway interviewed Brian Roland Lambert a convicted white supremacist. McKelway's Fox News colleague, Cody Derespina, responded in agreement referencing an interview with torch carrying protestor, Jarrod Kuhn. McKelway's colleague, Jon Decker responded to the email thread saying, “Your posts read like something you’d read on a White Supremacist chat room.” McKelway ultimately revised his position and linked to an article[8] showing that, his interviewee from the event, protestor Brian Lambert, in fact was, a convicted white nationalist who flashed a white-power symbol to supporters during his sentencing hearing. McKelway concluded "Lambert revealed himself to be not the squeaky clean 1st amendment supporter he claimed to be on live TV,”

Personal life[edit]

McKelway plays the banjo and occasionally performs Bluegrass music at local taverns.[9] He is married to Susan Ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent for The Washington Examiner. They have four children: Doug, Eliza, Chris, and Alexander.


  1. ^ a b c "Doug McKelway - Personality Bio -". Fox News. 2011-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c Farhi, Paul (August 10, 2010). "WJLA-TV's McKelway suspended, sources say". Washington Post. p. C1.
  3. ^ "William P. McKelway Obstetrician". Washington Post. February 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  4. ^ "Anchor Loses His Cool With Gay Activist", AOL News, 2009-05-13, retrieved 2009-05-15
  5. ^ Farhi, Paul (September 17, 2010). "WJLA-TV fires veteran anchor Doug McKelway". Washington Post. p. C04. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
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  9. ^ "Doug McKelway". WJLA. Retrieved 2010-08-15.[permanent dead link]

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