Hillary Howard

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Hillary Howard
Occupation Television reporter
Quiz bowl host
Years active early 2000s–present

Hillary Howard is an American reporter. She currently co-anchors (along with Shawn Anderson) the 2:00pm to 7:00pm shift on all-news station WTOP in Washington, DC. Since November 2011, Howard has also served as host of It's Academic.


Howard began her on-air career as a radio newsperson in suburban New York City. She began her TV news career at WTZA in Kingston, New York where she was a full-time reporter and weatherperson. At WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia, she was a general assignment reporter and weekend weathercaster. Howard was also hired as a GA reporter/ weathercaster at WTTG in Washington DC where she eventually became the weekend news anchor and special projects reporter. At WUSA she was the morning weathercaster from 2000–2004. Other work includes voice-over narrations, writing for HGTV, moderating debates and co-producing the 2002 Candlelight Ceremony for the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Washington DC, honoring those who died in 2001.

Howard previously hosted a news/ interview show on WTWP Radio with Bob Kur. In 2007, "Washington Post Radio" (as WTWP was known on the air) flipped to an all-talk format and Howard (along with Kur) moved to sister station WTOP. Howard also took over hosting the quiz show It's Academic after Mac McGarry, who hosted the show for fifty years, retired in 2011.

Brain surgery[edit]

In November 2010, Howard fell and suffered a head injury. Later, a brain scan revealed a meningioma tumor in Howard's brain. Although the tumor was benign, she opted to have it removed.[1] The surgery was performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in April 2011. The operation was successful, and she recovered. Howard returned to work in May.[2]


Howard is married to retired WUSA reporter and noted fire-service blogger[citation needed] Dave Statter. The couple live in Virginia with their son, Sam.[3]


Howard won Emmy Awards for News Writing, Hard News Reporting, Feature Reporting and Weathercasting. She also won an Imagen Award for reporting on Hispanic Issues, and was a finalist in the New York TV and Film Festivals. Howard also won a Chesapeake AP Award for TV and radio work. Her radio career garnered other awards too including a regional Murrow and SPJ. .[3]


  1. ^ "Hillary Howard of WTOP is upbeat about brain surgery". The Washington Post. 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Update: Hillary Howard recovering from brain surgery". The Washington Post. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Hillary Howard". WTOPnews. 31 March 2005. Archived from the original on July 13, 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012.