Derek McGinty is the weekday anchor for WUSA 9 News at 7pm and weeknight co-anchor for WUSA 9 News at 5:00, 6:00 and11pm. From March 2001 to June 2003, he was co-anchor of ABC's World News Now, and anchor of World News This Morning. Additionally, Derek was a correspondent for HBO's Real Sports for 4 years. Until he then, he was the host of Eye on Washington, a politically-based roundtable talk show produced at WUSA 9's studios that provided analysis and perspective on top stories from our Nation's Capital.
Prior to joining ABC, McGinty worked for two years as a reporter and anchor for WJLA. Before that, he was a correspondent for the nationally broadcast program, Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel on CBS. McGinty previously hosted the nationally broadcast Straight Talk with Derek McGinty for PBS. At WETA, he had a similar role for the station's Emmy-nominated Here and Now, a weekly half-hour local program focusing on issues, events, and people in metropolitan Washington, DC.From 1991 to 1998, Derek became increasingly popular on a nationwide basis with The Derek McGinty Show on WAMU. His guests have included former DC Mayor Marion Barry, former Secretary of State James Baker, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, rapper Ice-T and author Robert Ludlum.
In 1994, his show received the highest programming honor in public radio, when it won the Gold Award for Public Affairs Programming from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.Prior to his work at WAMU, McGinty co-hosted The Daily Drum, news and interview program covering local politics on WHUR-FM. Derek was a reporter/editor for UPI's Washington metro desk and a news editor at WTOP Radio. He began his professional career as a desk assistant for ABC Radio News in the Washington bureau. Articles by McGinty have appeared in The New York Times; The Washington Post; The New York Daily News; and Washingtonian Magazine.
A native Washingtonian, Derek is a graduate of American University, where he received abachelor's degree in communications.