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WBAL-TV’s Dr. Tim Tooten to retire after 30-plus years

by | Nov 8, 2023

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.

Photo via WBAL-TV

About the Author

Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience and heads J. Davis Public Relations, LLC, a PR and social media consultancy. A three-time PRSA Maryland president, he serves as Maryland regional editor for the Capitol Communicator and is co-founder of Podville Media in D.C. where he co-hosted the "Practically Social" podcast. Jeff is the regional representative of the national Public Relations Consultants Group (PRCG). He began his career as a reporter at daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

2 Comments

  1. Mrs. Sheren Snipe

    Hello, Do not forget Afro-Hut. Dr. Tim Tooten used to get service there. I really admired him.

    Good Luck and God Bless Dr.
    Tim Tooten and Family.

    Reply
  2. Tracy Wallace

    Congratulations. He still looks great

    Reply

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