WXYZ-TV anchor, Malcom Maddox was taken off the air after being slapped with a sexual harassment lawsuit. Maddox, who has a wife and three kids, allegedly harassed a co-worker who was later fired by the station.
Detroit’s WXYZ-TV benched one of its anchors after sexual harassment accusations were filed against him. Malcom Maddox reportedly behaved inappropriately with a former coworker, Tara Edwards. His accomplished broadcast career might take a hit in the wake of Edwards’ lawsuit. Read all about the allegations against him in Malcom Maddox’s wiki.
Who Is Malcom Maddox?
According to his bio on the WXYZ website, Maddox is a “true Renaissance Man.” A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from high school there and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
While in the Marines, he specialized in telecommunications which helped him in his later career. The technical foundation helped him land his first job in the media field —a board operator at a radio station in Central Wisconsin.
Eventually, he landed a gig reading weather reports at the station. That sparked his passion to work in broadcast.
His bio also states he’s a “self-taught bassist, videographer and multimedia producer.”
From Heard to Seen
Maddox moved from radio to TV broadcast as an in-studio camera operator for a Central Wisconsin station. He was eventually promoted to a news photographer and worked in several cities till he returned to Pittsburgh.
In his hometown, he worked on transitioning to getting in front of the camera.“In the fall of 2006 I started putting tapes together; asking for advice from the respected journalists I had worked with over the past decade. In less than a year it paid off!” said Maddox.
His first break came at Alabama’s WIAT as a multimedia journalist. From there he moved to Ohio where he worked as the weekend anchor/reporter at a FOX/ABC affiliate.
One of his biggest experiences in Ohio was reporting on Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington D.C. while his mother watched in the studio.
After working all over the country, Maddox, with his wife Amy, their sons, Malcom and Miles, and daughter Mia, settled in Detroit. He was working at WXYZ-TV until he was temporarily pulled off air.
An Expensive Lawsuit
Tara Edwards, a former employee of WXYZ-TV filed a $100.0 million lawsuit accusing Maddox of sexual harassment. In the lawsuit, she claims that he sent her lewd and graphic messages.
The lawsuit further alleged discrimination at work after she complained against Maddox. The station reportedly didn’t take any disciplinary action against him. Instead, he was promoted to the coveted morning anchor position while Edwards’ shift was changed and she was fired in 2016.
Rev. W.J. Rideout III, a pastor from Detroit held a press conference on Wednesday (March 7) morning. He claimed that executives at the station were aware of Maddox’s misconduct and were covering it up.
Soon after the pastor’s press conference, WXYZ-TV announced that Maddox would be off the air for the time being. In the statement by the station, they stated that Maddox was investigated for misconduct in 2015.
Back then, he was suspended for two weeks without pay. After he returned, the statement claims that Edwards left the station in 2016 by her own volition.