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D.C. anchor Doug McKelway joins Fox News Channel as a reporter

By Paul Farhi
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 1, 2010; 12:05 AM

Veteran local TV anchor Doug McKelway, who was fired by WJLA/Channel 7 in September, has joined Fox News Channel.

McKelway is a general assignment reporter in Fox's Washington bureau, according to an announcement on Fox News's Web site. He began work on Monday.

WJLA fired McKelway after a verbal confrontation this summer with the station's news director, Bill Lord. The run-in followed McKelway's coverage of a Capitol Hill protest by environmental and religious groups that were protesting oil-industry contributions to elected officials.

McKelway focused his coverage on Democrats, reporting that the protest "may be a risky strategy because the one man who has more campaign contributions from BP than anybody else in history is now sitting in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama."

Lord questioned McKelway's reporting and asked to meet with him. A shouting match between the men ensued, leading to McKelway's suspension. He was eventually terminated for what the station called insubordination and misconduct.

McKelway has been critical of what he views as liberal favoritism in TV news reporting. When he left WRC/Channel 4 after nine years to join WJLA in 2001, he said in a newspaper article that the station's reporting often lacked "balance."

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