Derick Waller, WABC New York Reporter, Stepping Down Due to ‘Grueling’ Schedule

WABC reporter Derick Waller
Derick Waller (Image credit: ABC7NY.com)

Derick Waller, reporter at WABC New York, is leaving the station October 3. He shared on X that he needs a break from his “grueling” overnight schedule. He works on Eyewitness News This Morning, which airs 4:30 to 6 a.m.  

ABC owns WABC, known as ABC7 and Eyewitness News.

“Working for Eyewitness News has been a literal dream come true,” he wrote. “An old friend reminded me of that fact recently, texting me about how I used to talk in high school about wanting to be a reporter here. 

“Covering some of the biggest stories on the planet for the biggest TV station in the country every morning has been a privilege, but I must be honest: the overnight schedule is grueling.”

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Waller added that he has loved working at WABC, and “loved being a voice for people who don’t have one.” He also mentioned loving “being my true authentic self every morning — a queer person of color.”

From Richmond, Virginia, Waller previously worked at WVIR Charlottesville, WNCN Raleigh and WEWS Cleveland

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.