Mary Bubala Biography
Mary Bubala is an American news reporter and Emmy Award-winning anchor who worked for WJZ-TV anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast as well as 5 p.m. newscast.
Mary Bubala Smith Age
Bubala was born in September 1969 in Illinois. The exact date of birth is not known. She is about 50 years old.
Mary Bubala Husband
Bubala is married to Dr. Bruce Douglas Smith, who is an oncologist. Bubala and Smith met in Rochester New York where she was working at the time.
They got married on September 14, 1996. The couple has two sons; Matt and Nate. They also have a dog named Copper.
Mary Bubala Salary
The amount of salary Bubala earned at WJZ-TV is not known.
Mary Bubala Baltimore | Mary Bubala WJZ-TV
Bubala began working at WJZ-TV in December 2003. She has since then worked there until her firing on May 7, 2019. At the time of her firing, she was anchoring the 5 p.m and 11 p.m newscasts.
Prior to joining WJZ-TV, she had worked with WENY-TV as a weekday news anchor and weekend reporter. She had also worked at WBNG-TV and WORK-TV in New York.
Later after she moved to Pennsylvania, she worked as an anchor and reporter for WHTM-TV.
She later moved to Baltimore Maryland in 1997, where she spent four years at WMAR-TV. She began working there as a general assignment reporter but was later given anchor duties as well.
Mary Bubala Fired
Bubala was fired by WJZ-TV after she drew criticism for a question she asked about the gender and race of the city’s past three mayors.
She faced backlash after she asked a professor an on-air question about Catherine Pugh; the former mayor who resigned amid a widening scandal revolving around children’s books that she wrote.
“We’ve had three female, African American mayors in a row,” Bubala said while speaking with Loyola University Maryland professor Karsonya Whitehead. “They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”
The question drew quick backlash, including from the Baltimore Association of Black Journalists (BABJ) and one of its former presidents, Nicki Mayo, who posted a video of the segment on Twitter.
Bubala, however, took to Twitter to apologize. Later after the news of her firing was released, she took to Facebook to express her love for Baltimore and how shocked she was to learn that WJZ-TV had let her go. She also thanked everyone for the support during this difficult time.
Her post read;
“In my 22 years of working in TV news in Baltimore – 15 of those years with WJZ – I have always treated people with the utmost respect and dignity. I loved my job because I loved the people of Baltimore.
Last week I realized I made a mistake in the language I used on air. I immediately apologized for any hurt I unintentionally caused. I received immediate support from WJZ because they knew it was not in my heart to intentionally cause this kind of harm. I wanted to do an on-air apology but was not allowed. I hope that the people of Baltimore know that I would never do anything to hurt anyone.
Unfortunately, I now stand in the path of the tornado. WJZ was forced to let me go. I am saddened and shocked by this decision. Baltimore City has been my home for 25 years and I treasure and am so grateful for the relationships I have made with the people of Baltimore during this time. I fully intend to fight to restore my reputation because I’ve invested my heart and soul in my work and my city. Thank you Baltimore for all of your support during this difficult period of time. It means so much to me.”
Mary Bubala Apology
After making the comments and receiving swift backlash, Bubala took to Twitter to apologize, saying; ” Last night, during a live interview, I asked a question that did not come out the way I intended. I am so deeply sorry and sincerely regret the words I chose. I appreciate those who have contacted me to share how this has impacted them. I am devastated that the words I used portray me as someone that I know I am not. I hope you allow me the opportunity to regain your trust.”