Derek McGinty

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Derek McGinty
Born (1959-08-17) August 17, 1959 (age 57)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation News Anchor/ Journalist/ Radio Personality
Years active 1981–Present
Known for WUSA (TV) (2003–2015 as anchor) (1981–1998 as Radio Personality)

Derek McGinty (born August 17, 1959, in Washington, D.C.) is an American news anchor and television journalist, most recently appearing on WUSA 9 News at 7PM and 11PM on WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C..


McGinty was born in Washington, District of Columbia. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, and he graduated in 1977. McGinty was inspired to pursue a career in journalism after attending an assembly where a local news legend Jim Vance spoke on behalf of his profession. McGinty graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 1981, receiving a bachelor's degree in communications.


McGinty spent much of his early career hosting a radio talk show called The Derek McGinty Show from 1991 to 1998 on WAMU in Washington.[1] There he covered local and national politics, hosted segments with "the computer guys", and offered a broad, eclectic mix of guests.[1] Before that, he was a newsman on WHUR-FM, Howard University's commercial radio station.[2] In October 1997, McGinty began to appear as a freelance reporter on the CBS news program Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel.[3] After several months, he made the move permanent and left WAMU in January 1998.[3]

McGinty moved from his native DC to NY to join ABC news, where he appeared on appeared on ABC's World News Now.[4]

ABC's World News This Morning, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and WUSA's Eye on Washington.[5]

During his time as anchor at WUSA's evening and late-night news broadcasts, McGinty also hosted the show's "McGinty's Mail Bag" segment, reading and responding to viewer mail.

In August 2015, his contract was not renewed for on-air news anchoring, but he announced that he would continue to host WUSA's Sunday morning show Capital Download.[6]