Hillary Howard is an Emmy-award winning reporter. She currently co-anchors (along with Shawn Anderson) the 2:00pm to 7:00pm shift on all-news station WTOP in Washington, DC. Since November 2011, Howard has also served as host of It's Academic.
Howard began her career as a radio newsperson in suburban New York City. She began her career in television at WTZA—Channel 62 in Kingston, New York. She has also reported the weather for WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia, again at WTTG (becoming a weekend anchor), and for WUSA (as a morning weather forecaster from 2000–2004). Other work includes voice-over narrations and writing for HGTV.
Howard previously hosted a show on WTWP Radio with Bob Kur. In 2007, "Washington Post Radio" (as WTWP was known on the air) flipped to an all-talk format and Howard (along with Kur) moved to sister station WTOP. Howard also took over hosting the quiz show It's Academic after Mac McGarry, who hosted the show for fifty years, retired in 2011.
Brain surgery 
In November 2010, Howard fell and suffered a head injury. Later, a brain scan reveled a meningioma tumor in Howard's brain. Although the tumor was benign, she opted to have it removed. The surgery was performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in April 2011. The operation was successful, and she recovered. Howard returned to work in May.
Howard is married to retired WUSA reporter and noted fire-service blogger Dave Statter. The couple live in Virginia with their son, Sammy.
Howard won an Emmy for Best Weathercast in Washington. She has also won awards for hard news, feature reporting, and the Chesapeake AP Award and the Imagen Award. She placed as a finalist in the New York TV and Film Festivals.