What Happened to Nancy Van Camp?

August 24, 2023

A TV station has settled with three former Tennessee on-air personalities who sued the company for age discrimination. The lawsuit says that WSMV-TV News Channel 4 started a pattern and practice of age discrimination and harassment to force out veteran newscasters Dennis Ferrier, Jennifer Johnson and Nancy Van Camp.

According to the lawsuit, all of the plaintiffs had high-profile careers and long fan followings. They say the discrimination started in 2015, when they were told their positions would not be renewed or that they would be pushed off the air because of their age. They also say they were subjected to workplace hostility and ridicule. The station’s parent company, Meredith Corporation, denies the allegations.

The suit asks for a court order to bar the station from further age bias, reinstate each of the plaintiffs to their full-time jobs and pay them backpay. It’s filed by the Nashville-based law firm Morgan & Morgan. The firm’s managing partner Brian Winfrey is representing three well-known television news anchors and meteorologists who were fired because of their age.

The lawsuit was filed this week in U.S. District Court in Nashville. It names WSMV-TV, Meredith Corporation and its CEO Craig Lathrop. It seeks unspecified damages and attorney fees. Demetria Kalodimos has been named as a co-plaintiff. Kalodimos and Van Camp worked together on WSMV’s weekend morning show. She will be replaced by Dan Thomas. He will also replace Jeremy Finley on WSMV-TV’s evening newscasts, where he will be joined by his sister, Nancy, and their colleague, Darren McLellan.

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