WBAL-TV has hired former Al Jazeera America correspondent Adam May as weekend anchor and weekday reporter, the Hearst-owned station announced today.
May, a Baltimore resident who worked out of Al Jazeera's Washington bureau, came to the short-lived cable channel in 2013 from WJZ-TV, where he had worked since 2003. He was a weekend anchor and weekday reporter his last seven years at Baltimore's CBS-owned station.
Before coming to WJZ, May worked at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Ky., and WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Ala. He started in broadcasting at WBJR in Duluth, Minn. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he majored in communications.
During his time at WJZ, May was one of the most respected reporters in Baltimore. Though Al Jazeera didn't last long, May enhanced his reputation though his work as a national correspondent on its prime-time magazine.
Dan Joerres, general manager, said May will start on air later this month. He will join Kai Reed to co-anchor the 6, 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts on Saturday and Sunday. He will report for WBAL's weeknight newscasts during the week.
"His knowledge of the Baltimore area, gained from over a decade of reporting here, will certainly have a great impact on our news coverage," Joerres said of May in a statement emailed to the Sun.
"I am thrilled to join the market's news leader," May said in the same statement. "There are so many great stories to tell in our community. I look forward to reconnecting with Baltimore viewers."
Andre Hepkins will also be joining the WBAL news lineup this month, co- anchoring the 5:30 p.m. weeknight newscast with Donna Hamilton.
Hepkins will co-anchor the MeTv newscast at 10 p.m. weeknights with Deborah Weiner as well.
Hepkins comes from KMOV-TV in St. Louis.