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Capitol Communicator reports that after telling Baltimore's stories for 37 years, WMAR-TV's Jamie Costello, co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. news, is retiring from the ABC affiliate .

WMAR-TV’s Jamie Costello retires after 37 years

by | Jun 11, 2024

After telling Baltimore’s stories for 37 years, WMAR-TV’s Jamie Costello, co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. news, is retiring from the ABC affiliate this week.

According to his WMAR bio, Costello grew up in Rosedale and joined WMAR-2 News on May 29, 1987: “When he’s not on the news telling stories about you, he is in your community serving as emcee for various charities and organizations. He has reported on our successes and our falls. Jamie roots for the Ravens, Orioles and is a fan of making this town of ours better!”

Costello has two grown children and lives in Annapolis with his wife, Cheryl, their sons Giovanni and Dominic and dog CoCo.

WMAR News Director Kelly Groft shared the following note to the station’s staff:


I don’t feel worthy enough to have the words to share with you that our wordsmith, our master storyteller, our community advocate, our constant, our rock, our friend is retiring.


But I am going to try.


After 37 years Jamie Costello is retiring from WMAR.


I have had the immense privilege to work with Jamie for 25 of those years. When I was a Producer there was nothing better than writing a script for Jamie so well it felt like he wrote it. When it happens, he’s the first to jump out of his seat and give a high-five. Getting a high-five from Jamie is still the best. I have core memories of him walking in to start his shift and high-fiving everyone. He asks about family, sports, and life in general, he has given so much of his heart to us here at WMAR.


But what he has given the community is even greater. The voice he has given so many people. The stories he has told, the lives he has changed, and the friends he has made along the way are far too many to count. The words are written in a way that takes you in and makes you feel something, in a way that only Jamie can. It is truly the end of an era.


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.

1 Comment

  1. Charney Rita

    He was amazing! He will be missed! My family & I loved watching him over these many years!


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