Justina Pollard is the Producer of the #1 rated national talk show on WEAA 88.9 FM, “Today with Dr. Kaye” which airs weekdays from 3 – 5 pm. She was born and raised in Baltimore. She began her career at WBAL-TV 11 as an intern and ended her career as Director of Programming & Public Affairs. She contributed to the success of numerous community initiatives with sponsorship and local programming in an effort to raise thousands of dollars for the campaigns. She helped to raise more than $400,000 by holding a telethon to benefit the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey relief fund to help the victims of Texas, she produced Dr. Oz’s Be Well Health Presentation in 2016 for more than 3,000 people at the Mall in Columbia. She also took her news teams in the trenches of the community to lend a hand to help feed the homeless, help build a playground at St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Shelter in West Baltimore, collect toys for children in Puerto Rico and in East Baltimore during Christmas, her team walked for O.J. Brigance’s run/walk to support survivors of ALS, exercised with children at Baltimore City Public Schools and summer camps in an effort to decrease juvenile health issues with her Healthy Kids campaign, bicycle for Susan G. Komen, support the arts at Artscape, unpack more than 7,000 tons of healthy food from the Maryland Food Bank to distribute at Fulton Baptist Church for residents on North and Pennsylvania Avenues and the list continues. She also hired interns and mentored hundreds of high school and college students in careers in broadcasting.
She received an invitation to attend President George W. Bush’s Presidential Inauguration in 2001. She served on the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities for 2 years. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in which she was appointed to the school board for 2 years. She has received numerous awards and accommodations including one from Former Mayor Sheila Dixon and the other from Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. She also spent 15 years at the National Aquarium in Baltimore holding various positions from volunteering to Visitor Services to Media Relations. She was the Commencement Speaker for KASA Academy High School in 2017. She received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter for her work at WBAL-TV 11. She received a nomination to be inducted into her alma mater Carver Vocational Technical High School’s Hall of Fame class in 2019. She is currently writing a book to be released in 2019.