By JERRY BARMASH
Veteran Channel 7 reporter Jeff Pegues is moving onto a network platform. The personable broadcast journalist is joining CBS News as a Washington DC based reporter.
Pegues started at WABC in December 2003, and quickly rose to cover some of the biggest stories for the station.
Arguably, the Emmy Award winner’s most memorable newsgathering took place last October during Superstorm Sandy. Viewers will recall Pegues being on the scene of the harrowing Breezy Point fire as residents attempted to escape.
“It’s been an incredible 10 years,” Pegues told Tuned In exclusively. “Working for Channel 7 is like playing for the Yankees. It’s a class, top-notch organization.”
During that decade in “pinstripes” on camera, he was a regular nighttime reporter. The 11 p.m. newscast would feature lead anchor Bill Ritter traditionally throwing it to a live Pegues with his “Jeffrey” moniker.
Tuned In has obtained the email that news director Camille Edwards sent to employees Friday.
“Sometimes life is bittersweet. This is one of those moments,” Edwards wrote.
Sources say the CBS deal was in the works for three months, with the station waiting to make an announcement to staffers until WABC finished another successful May sweeps. We’re told that CBS News is expected to announce the Pegues hiring after the holiday weekend.
“His engaging style on the screen and his warm heart behind the scenes will be so missed,” Edwards added. “It’s not every day that you get to work with someone who makes you smile every time you talk to him.
Pegues’ last day at WABC is June 28.