After more than three decades covering news stories with a focus on education, Dr. Tim Tooten Sr. will retire this December from WBAL-TV 11 News.
Tooten joined WBAL in 1988 as Baltimore’s first full-time education reporter, covering schools and youth issues for 34 years. On December 15th, he will give his on-air farewells and conclude his pioneering journalism career. He is Baltimore television’s only full-time education reporter.
A Live Oak, Florida, native, Tooten began in broadcasting as a high school disc jockey in 1976. He gained experience reporting in Washington D.C. and West Virginia before joining WBAL.
Among his career highlights, Tooten produced an acclaimed documentary on Liberia that led Maryland’s governor to establish an extensive sister city partnership. His “East is East” documentary insightfully profiled African-American life on the Eastern Shore, earning him a National Headliner Award.
While retiring from daily reporting, he will continue as a Loyola University Maryland adjunct professor of media communications will continue pastoring his church, Harvest Christian Ministries.
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