Allison Seymour left FOX5 for rival station, WUSA9

Broadcast journalist, Allison Seymour announced that she would be leaving FOX5 after almost 21 years, and less than three months after, she joined a rival station.

Allison Seymour started her career in television after she graduated from Hampton University. She later joined the Masters of Mass Communication Program at the University of South Carolina. She then became the first woman to serve as the main anchor in Binghamton, New York.

Allison joined FOX5 in the summer of 1999. She was initially hired as a general assignment reporter for the evening news, but quickly made her way up to serve as a main anchor. After 21 years on the show, Allison made the difficult decision to leave.

On 7 August 2020, Seymour announced that she would be leaving the show. She stated, “The time has come for me to say goodbye, and most importantly, a heartfelt thank you.” Adding, “During my time at WTTG, I have felt the support of our viewers both on and off the air, through my marriage and the birth of our three daughters. In fact, I had my first-ever baby shower live on the air, and the public met Sydney, Skylar and Spencer before we even came home, thanks to a camera in our hospital rooms!”

On 9 November 2020, Allison returned to her hometown, Washington D.C to join the WUSA9 family. This was quite unusual in the industry as television stations often include a non-compete clause. The clause means that hosts are not permitted to appear on a competitive station for a certain period, usually between six months to a year.

Allison joined former co-workers, Annie Yu and Tony Perkins on Get Up DC, which airs each morning. WUSA9 stated, “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Allison to inform, inspire and make an impact on your life, bright and early.” Allison stated on her first day of the show that she loves what she is doing, and she could not be more excited to join her friends, Annie and Tony, as they bring the audience everything they need to know to get their day started. She claimed that Get Up DC  is truly different and “better than any local news” she’s ever seen.