JC Hayward stands out as a gem in the shining crown of broadcast journalism in Washington, DC. As the DC market’s first female anchor, she celebrates40 years as an anchor at WUSA9 and was recently inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame.
Over JC’s expansive career she has consistently been rated one of the top news people in DC broadcast journalism and she was once voted Washingtonian Magazine‘s “Washingtonian of The Year.” In April 2006, JC was promoted to Vice President for Media Outreach which allows her to increase WUSA9′s visibility by acting as a link to the metropolitan Washington community.
JC has produced several award-winning documentaries including the 1972 one-hour program, “Sahel: The Border of Hell,” which won two local Emmy Awards. In 1977, she traveled to Kenya and Uganda, filming a documentary on Ugandan refugees, “We Shall Return,” which earned her a Bronze Medal from the 1980 International Film Festival in New York. She also produced “Somalia: The Silent Tragedy,” a documentary on the world’s largest refugee crisis at the time, and was the first American crew to cover the story which was syndicated by the Public Broadcasting System and broadcast in England, Australia and the Caribbean.
JC has interviewed phenomenal guests throughout her career including, First Lady Nancy Reagan, Maya Angelou, and Luciano Pavarotti to name a few. She covered South African President Nelson Mandela’s U.S. visit, reporting from Boston, Atlanta, and Miami. She got an exclusive interview with Mr. Mandela while he was in Washington, DC. She co-hosted Channel 9′s “Every Woman,” a daily one-hour talk show that was syndicated in four markets.
JC devotes many hours to various community organizations and projects. She is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Options Public Charter School, JC is the 2012 Gala Chair for Arena Stage, she serves on the board of Perry Center, Hospice Caring, Double Nickels, United Black Fund, and was past Vice-President of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. She has been a board member of the Legal Defense Fund of NAACP, and Summer Opera Theatre Company.
JC’s hard work has garnered many awards and accolades. In 2007, a special “JC and Friends” program won an Emmy for Outstanding Community Affairs Special. JC was awarded the prestigious Board of Governors Award in June 1995, a local Emmy given for “truly outstanding achievement and unique accomplishment of duration and durability,” and in 1994, she won a local Emmy Award for her interview with boxer Riddick Bowe. She also won a local Emmy Award in 1976 in the Best Newscaster category.
JC has received two honorary doctorate degrees from her alma mater Howard University and Southeastern University. She is most proud of bequeathing Howard University one million dollars, giving more than three hundred thousand dollars in scholarships and mentoring young women under JC’s Girls.