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NBC4 Snags WTOP’s Mark Segraves

Everybody's leaving WTOP! Just days after station vice president and format mastermind Jim Farley announced he's leaving the station at the end of 2013, news comes that WTOP local politics reporter Mark Segraves is headed to NBC4.

Segraves, who starts his job on Feb. 11, will work as a general assignment reporter for the station, where, among other things, he'll be joining former Wilson Building rival Tom Sherwood.

Segraves didn't blame any one reason for recent staff turnover at WTOP, which has faced more competition for the top spot on the Washington area radio ratings lately. "People have retired," Segraves said. "People have died."

That's the kind of thinking that gave Segraves' eight-year tenure at WTOP dramatic flair. So put on some Sarah McLachlan, and remember the good times:

  • Then-Council Chairman Vince Gray boots Segraves out of a breakfast meeting the future mayor insists wasn't a breakfast meeting at all.
  • After getting the finger from a Metrobus driver, an incensed Segraves boards the bus and demands satisfaction.
  • Using a video camera, Segraves catches police escorting fitness-crazed Mayor Adrian Fenty and his cycling team.

And who could forget Chairman Kwame Brown, just a day away from being indicted for bank fraud, shoving Segraves after he asked him a question? Later, Brown winked at Segraves from the dais, in a move Washington City Paper's Alan Suderman called "weird and kinda creepy, all in one wink." (Brown later apologized to Segraves for the shoving, and blamed the winking on a problem with his contact lens.)

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