Veteran WABC Reporter Sarah Wallace Quits After Three Decades

wabc_bio_sarahwallace_160x200Longtime investigative reporter Sarah Wallace is no longer at Channel 7. Insiders tell Tuned In the award-winning reporter abruptly left the station Thursday.

There is some confusion surrounding her departure.

“We don’t know what happened,” a source says. “She’s a great reporter and a huge part of the Eyewitness News team. But why this happened – no one has said and no one seems to know.”

But we do know she is beloved by most at the station. Her former co-workers started sending an email chain sharing how they felt about her work.

“The outpouring of support for her has been huge,” another insider says.

That outpouring is apparently not extending to management. News director Camille Edwards sent a two-sentence note to staffers saying, “I wanted to let you know that Sarah Wallace is no longer with Eyewitness News. We want to thank Sarah for her many years of service and wish her the best,” FTVLive reports.

It all started for Wallace at WABC in 1984, originally as a consumer reporter.

But she found her calling on the investigative beat, where she would chase down subjects with a kinder/gentler version of Mike Wallace’s ambush theater perfected on 60 Minutes.

Her style worked with viewers and interviewees alike. Wallace would be honored with a boatload of Emmys, a Peabody and an Edward R. Murrow award for her standout reporting.

While “exclusive” isn’t her middle name, it certainly could be. Wallace got many people to talk only to her.

Here, in one of those riveting moments, Wallace interviews a man involved in a deadly 2013 Brooklyn hit and run.

Her Channel 7 bio says she covered the sensational Howard Beach and Joel Steinberg trials, plus was the first New York reporter on the scene for the Gulf War preparations.

Wallace previously worked at stations in San Diego, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Channel 7 deleted the link to her bio and her photo. Her Twitter account is also closed.

 

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