WBAL-TV’s Adam May is leaving TV news, and Baltimore

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Veteran Baltimore TV news reporter Adam May is leaving WBAL and Charm City behind for a communications job in his home city of Minneapolis.

May wrote on his public Facebook page today that it’s “time for the next chapter.”

“We’re heading back to my hometown of Minneapolis where I am going to work in corporate communications. This amazing opportunity allows me to be closer to my family, grow in a new career field and work a schedule that allows me more ‘dad time,'” he wrote.

“We’ve made many close friends in Baltimore who we will miss dearly, but it’s time to go. Change is good. Family comes first.”

May has worked for channel 11 for the last year and a half as a weekday reporter and weekend anchor. Before that, he was a national correspondent for Al Jazeera America, the Al Jazeera Media Network’s American cable news channel that ran for three years from 2013 to 2016.

May also worked for 10 years as an investigative reporter and anchor for Baltimore’s CBS affiliate, WJZ-TV, where he took him the award of “Best Live Reporter” for the Mid-Atlantic region from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was named “Best TV News Anchor” by Baltimore City Paper in 2013.

Responding to questions from Baltimore Fishbowl, May wrote in a Facebook message that he’s “really enjoyed sharing the stories about the people in Baltimore who are working hard to make a difference such as volunteer organizations and grassroots advocates.”

Asked what he’ll miss the most about Baltimore, he said it’s “the people who have welcomed me into their homes for 15 years and trusted me to share the news. It’s been an honor and I’m truly grateful.”

May graduated from the University of Minnesota, and started his career as a reporter in Duluth. He made stops in Louisville, Kentucky, and Huntsville, Alabama, before arriving in Baltimore.

The departing reporter posted a collage of images from his career that show him out in the field and on camera.

“It’s been such an honor sharing so many personal stories,” he wrote. “My TV career was only possible because of the community’s support and trust. From the depth of my soul, THANK YOU! Final thought: Always be a critical media consumer- and seek the truth!”

May said he’ll be taking a vacation at the end of the month before he starts his new job.

This story has been updated.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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