Dr. Tim Tooten Sr. has shared Maryland’s stories as a journalist for WBAL-TV 11 News since 1988. He is Baltimore’s only full-time education reporter.
Tim began his broadcasting career in 1976 as a high school disc jockey in his native Live Oak, Fla. From there, he gained reporting experience in Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
Among the highlights of his reporting assignments include a half-hour documentary shot in Liberia, West Africa, called “Africa’s Maryland.” The documentary prompted Maryland’s governor to sign an extensive cultural, educational and financial sister city agreement with two counties in the Republic of Liberia.
Tim was honored with a prestigious National Headliner Award for his “East is East” documentary, which profiled life as an African-American growing up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He also won an Associated Press award for his undercover investigative series of reports on the history of discriminatory practices in the private clubs in West Virginia.
In addition to his broadcasting achievements, Tim is particularly proud of sharing the “good news” as pastor and founder of Harvest Christian Ministries in Baltimore, a non-denominational church.
Tim holds a Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) from Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg. He also received his Master of Arts degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University Ecumenical Institute of Theology in Baltimore, the country’s oldest Catholic seminary.
Tim graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications.
He remains active in his community, employed as an affiliate broadcasting professor at Loyola University Maryland, and as a mentor to African-American men at Perry Hall High School. He is a member of the board for the Maryland Bible Society.
Tim is married and is the father of three children and two grandchildren.