JACQUELINE C. HAYWARD
J.C. Hayward, prominent news anchorwoman of twenty-nine years at Washington, D.C.'s W*USA-TV, Channel 9, holds the national record for a woman anchoring the same evening newscast at the same station. In addition to this admirable professional feat, she is also widely known and respected in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for her supreme devotion and commitment to community and public service, charitable giving, and education.
Repeatedly rated one of the top news people on Washington television, J.C. Hayward distinguished herself early in her career as a topnotch broadcaster. In 1972, when she joined the WTOP-TV9 broadcast team, she was the first female in the Washington market to anchor a newscast. For the past twenty-nine years, she has provided thousands of metropolitan Washington area families with up-to-the-minute news and consciousness-raising events that have impacted their lives and improved their communities.
In June of 1995, J.C. won the prestigious Board of Governors Award. This special local Emmy Award is given for "truly outstanding achievement and unique accomplishment of some duration and durability." In 1994, she was also awarded a local Emmy Award in the Sports Series category for her interview with World Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe. In 1976, she was awarded a local Emmy Award in the Best Newscaster category.
Over the years, J.C. has interviewed many national and international figures, including First Lady Nancy Reagan, writer/poet Maya Angelou, and opera star, Pavarotti, among others. In April 1986, she appeared on CBS-TV's popular daytime soap opera, "Capital." In July 1988, J.C. hosted two W*USA-TV specials entitled, "J.C. & Friends.'" She also covered Nelson Mandela's visit to the United States, reporting from Boston, Atlanta, and Miami for Channel 9.
A preeminent newscaster, she is especially noted for her award-winning documentaries, including "Somalia: The Silent Tradegy." This documentary on the world's largest refugee situation received international acclaim; it was broadcast in England, Australia, and the Caribbean, and was syndicated throughout the United States on the Public Broadcast System. It also earned J.C. a Bronze Medal from the 1980 International Film Festival in New York.
One of Howard's "precious jewels," J.C. was conferred with an honorary doctorate from Howard in 1985 for her professional achievements and unselfish service to the community. When Howard's Alumni Association requested funds for scholarships, she gave $50,000. She also provided three full scholarships for students at D.C.'s Cardoza High School and sent two other students to college by paying all costs. Through the years, she has given over a quarter of a million dollars to charitable organizations.
J.C.'s commitment to young people, seniors, and the arts is reflected in the many charitable and educational organizations she is affiliated with. She has served as Past Vice-President of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington; and Board Member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Summer Opera Theatre Company, United Black Fund, and the Montgomery County, Maryland's Hospice Caring. In addition, she has been named a "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian Magazine. In April 1995, she received the Dr. Edward C. Mazique Memorial Award for her support of the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Clubs for her nine-year commitment to the organization's Annual Congressional Dinners.