They were reportedly terminated because they engaged in ‘political activities
Cleveland news anchor Jackie Fernandez and weather anchor Somara Theodore were fired after posting on their social media accounts that they were standing in line to get tickets to a Jay Z concert.
The two anchors, who worked for Scripps station WEWS News 5, stood in line last week on company time, but were fired for participating in political activities, according to several news reports.
The Nov. 4 concert doubles as a get-out-the vote event for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
“We don’t discuss internal employee matters. However, News 5 holds all of its journalists to the highest ethical standards,” news director Jeff Harris wrote in a statement. “It is important to the reputation of our station and to Scripps, our parent company, that our news coverage is fair and unbiased. Those crucial qualities have been emphasized repeatedly during this contentious election season. We remind our journalists frequently to avoid even the appearance of support for any sides of this election. It is imperative that we maintain objectivity in the work we do to serve our communities in NE Ohio.”
Bios for both Fernandez and Theodore have been scrubbed from the company website. Both popular with viewers, Fernandez was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People of 2016 and profiled by The Plain Dealer in July. Theodore was recently featured in Scene (Cleveland) Magazine’s People issue.
Both women arrived in Cleveland last summer, according to cleveland.com, and were part of WEWS’ “fresh and hip” morning team.
The station is still figuring out staffing for the morning show.