Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award winner Jummy Olabanji anchors NBC 4 New York’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts. During the week, Olabanji also covers breaking news around the Tri-State area as a general assignment reporter.
A native of Fairfax County, Virginia who most recently served as a co-anchor for Good Morning Washington and News at Noon on Washington, D.C.’s WJLA-TV, Olabanji recently back travelled to Washington, D.C. and Virginia for NBC 4 New York’s live coverage of the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. She reported directly from the crime scene, covered the subsequent investigation and interviewed numerous elected officials participating in the subsequent Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park.
Olabanji has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards for breaking news anchor coverage. Her commitment to journalistic excellence has also been recognized with two Virginia Associated Press Awards and six Capital Emmy Awards, including for Best Morning Newscast.
Prior to her service in New York and Washington, D.C., Olabanji served as an anchor and reporter with WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Virginia and at WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia. She began her career as a news assistant with CNN and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also earned a Master’s degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.
A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Olabanji serves on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation. An advocate for organ donation, she is also a supporter of Donate Life America.
Olabanji is married and resides in Manhattan.