Ross Simpson joined the WDVM news staff as the morning co-anchor in October 2017. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the WDVM coverage area, in addition to years of experience covering national and international stories.
Ross began his career with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service at TV stations on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea of Alaska and at Clark AFB in the Philippines.
After leaving the Air Force in 1965, Ross was hired as a cameraman/reporter at WDVM, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.
His first major assignment was covering the riots in April 1968 after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis. Film that Ross shot from a helicopter of the Capital in flames was shown on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.
Ross left TV after the riots to focus on local radio at WWDC AM-FM and WRC before moving to the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1979 where he spent 18 years reporting on national and international stories.
In 1981, he was the only reporter to gain entrance to George Washington University Medical Center where President Ronald Reagan was rushed after he was shot by a would-be assassin. Ross tagged along with two secret service agents who escorted Nancy Reagan’s press secretary and the wife of White House press secretary James Brady to the emergency room. There he listened to updates given the two women by doctors treating Reagan and Brady. After two hours of exclusive reports, Ross was discovered and ushered out the door. Before leaving the GW campus, Ross briefed local, national and international press on how close the President came to being killed; a bullet lodged ¼ inch from Reagan’s heart.
While at Mutual, Ross covered Congress for five years, the crash of Air Florida into the Potomac River, 13 hurricanes including Andrew in South Florida, the fires at Yellowstone in 1988, the Invasion of Panama in 1989, the Gulf War in 1990-91, intervention in Somalia and Haiti and the return of Nelson Mandela to his home in Soweto, South Africa after 26 years in prison.
In 1998, Ross became the morning news anchor at The Associated Press Radio Network where he added an Edward R. Murrow Award to his collection of gold, silver and crystal awards, by covering the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Two years later Ross won the $10,000 Gramling Award for his coverage of the Iraq war as an embedded correspondent with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, the first unit to enter Iraq on the night of March 19, 2003.
In addition to being a network news anchorman, Ross is also the author of four books, including one about outstanding residents of Maryland. Ross is currently writing his fifth book about the Iraq war.
Ross and his wife Judy are the proud parents of four children, three of whom live in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and six grandchildren, two of whom have graduated from universities in Maryland and Virginia and two who are seniors there. They are his hobbies.
After almost five decades in commercial broadcasting, Ross Simpson’s career has come full circle at WDVM.
Email him at: email@example.com