After a stellar 30-year career for Sarah Wallace, Tuned In has learned exclusively what led WABC/Channel 7 management to abruptly fire their veteran reporter.
Station insiders say the ugly dismissal stems from a story Wallace worked on several years ago.
Her investigation helped shed light on a man and his potential wrongful murder conviction.
Wallace’s report was fully developed and investigated, but never aired.
However, in February, Wallace was subpoenaed to testify about nonconfidential material in that case at an innocence hearing.
“She uncovered those facts in her investigation of the story and simply told the truth,” an insider says.
The man would not have gotten the innocence hearing without the information that Wallace uncovered from the prosecution’s star witness, insiders say. The man is serving a 25 years to life sentence.
She testified in February and was fired by news director Camille Edwards almost immediately.
We’re told that despite getting legal guidance about the subpoena, Wallace irked Edwards by not getting her permission to take the stand.
A Channel 7 spokesman tells Tuned In, “We don’t comment on personnel matters.”
“Many people have said that her inexperience as a major market news director led her to overreact to the situation,” a station insider reveals.
While Wallace could sue the station, we’re told it’s not about money. Insiders say it’s about getting fired for telling the truth. It’s an issue, they say, that affects every reporter.
Wallace is no stranger to working hard at getting to the bottom of a story. A similar piece about two wrongfully convicted men who got released from prison earned her Emmy and Murrow Awards.
Previous reports indicating Wallace was cut loose because of her age have been unfounded.
Wallace, who remains popular within the newsroom, is exploring her options, with huge interest from other stations.