Ewing, NJ born Washington settles in at Action News Philadelphia

by Jeff Garrett

 

PHILADELPHIA – It’s been three months since Ewing-born Renee Washington 

started her role as a sports reporter at ABC’s Action News in Philadelphia, with a 

focus on youth sports all the way up to the pros. As she told her Twitter followers 

in February, “Philly has given me so much as a three-time all-American and Hall of 

Famer at LaSalle and at Lehigh as a coach and reporter with ESPN.  As a Jersey girl, 

I’m thankful to join the incredibly talented team,” at 6ABC as a sports reporter and 

anchor.

By all accounts, Washington, a three-time Division I Soccer All-American and two-

sport Division I athlete, who’s been brainstorming, pitching and delivering sports 

packages on high school basketball games since February, is a perfect fir for 

covering the important local sports category of high school sports.  She covered  

many high school basketball games including regional and state playoff runs by 

area teams, the Penn Relays and was a part of covering of the Sixers 2023 playoff 

experience aside from many other assignments.

Washington reports from experience as an athlete and coach.  She made the 2014 

NCAA Top 50 women’s athlete list as a senior at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, 

achieving a B.A. in Public Relations, before moving onto Lehigh University in 

Bethlehem, PA to obtain her Master of Education in Educational Leadership.   

Washington was inducted into LaSalle’s Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2022. 

She coached women’s soccer as a graduate student at Lehigh in 2014 and 2015 

and become involved in internships with their sports media department which 

pointed her in the direction of sports reporting as a career. As she told Lehigh 

University sports communication department in 2022, the origins of what she’s 

able to do at ABC Action News 6 started years ago, going back to Lehigh and even 

further.

“The inner athlete in me loves the excitement of being involved in games and 

having the chance to be apart of the action,” she told Lehigh in 2022. “I’m not on 

the field playing, but I can help paint a picture for viewers. I can give some insight 

into what’s going on on the bench, what the coaches are saying, what’s being said 

in the huddle, what the players are saying and feeling and giving people 

something extra they just don’t get from watching the game,” she again, told 

Lehigh in 2022.

The former New Jersey resident who graduated from Pennington High School in 

2010 with outstanding accolades for soccer and basketball, thought about 

becoming a pediatrician when she was in high school. Her care and devotion to 

others took a new route, away from the playing fields no less.

She founded a non-profit organization called, “Planted Not Buried,” which 

empowers, inspires and educates people through workshops, classes and events 

hoping to cultivate positivity, growth and perseverance through volunteer 

gatherings and collaboration for folks of all backgrounds.

Washington continues to serve as a color commentator, play-by-play and sideline 

reporter for the tri-state region for ESPN.  She also worked as a content creator for 

the Washington Mystics WNBA team, the Washington Wizards and Washington 

Capitals, between 2019 and 2022 before working as a fill-in anchorwoman at 

WPHL 17 in Philadelphia covering Philadelphia Union MLS games.

Close to where now to where she grew up, it seems that Washington landed 

pretty close to where she hoped to be doing something she loves.

 

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