Mark Segraves leaves WTOP for Channel 4

January 28, 2013

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One of D.C.’s top local reporters is switching teams: Mark Segraves, owner of many District politics scoops, is leaving WTOP radio after more than eight years for WRC-TV.

Segraves said Monday that he’ll be starting at Channel 4 on Feb. 11, after a Virgin Islands sojourn. WTOP announced his departure  in an internal memo.

And, no: While Segraves might be best known for his D.C. government reportage, he is not replacing WRC’s veteran District politics reporter, Tom Sherwood.

“Sherwood is well entrenched at Channel 4, and I look forward to working with him for many years to come,” Segraves said.

Segraves worked off-camera at WJLA-TV before joining WTOP, where, in addition, to his D.C. reportage, he became known as a tough questioner on the radio station’s regular “Ask the Governor” programs. He’s also done recent on-camera work for WJLA and has a weekend talk show on WDCW-TV.

Rather than cover District matters exclusively, Segraves said, he’ll be on general assignment: “If there’s a breaking story, it’s my story, wherever it is.”

Sherwood said he lobbied for Segraves’s hiring, as well as the recent hire of another  WTOP alum, transportation reporter Adam Tuss. “He’s going to do a lot of things in the whole metropolitan region for us,” he said of Segraves. “I think it’s good.”

Sherwood, who has covered city hall for WRC since leaving The Washington Post in 1989, said he recently signed a new contract and is in no rush to leave. “I’m not going anywhere yet,” he said. “The station wanted me to stay, and I wanted to stay.”

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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