Red carpet ready, the best local TV personalities are honored at 59th Annual New York Emmys.
WCBS takes home the trophy for top morning and noon broadcasts with Chris Wragge and Mary Calvi at the helm. Channel 2 traffic reporter Alex Denis wins in the first ever traffic/transportation category. Also at “the deuce,” Jessica Schneider is victorious in the Continuing Coverage category, her first individual Emmy award.
Winner of Best Evening Newscast is WXTV/Univision 41.
For the second time, WPIX’s Tamsen Fadal is named the Best Anchor. Her station also picks up the prize for breaking news.
WABC’s Rob Powers gets the trophy as top sports anchor, while Ian Eagle earns another Emmy for his Nets play-by-play work on the YES Network. SNY’s Keith Hernandez adds another piece of hardware to the mantel.
MSG Network tops all outlets with 14 winners. WNBC leads the over the air stations with 13.
Diane Macedo, weekend WCBS/Channel 2 morning anchor and reporter, has left the station. Multiple sources tell Tuned In that Macedo is headed to WNBC to co-anchor the new 4 p.m. newscast debuting in May.
Channel 4 previously announced that Stefan Holt, son of NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, was hired as co-anchor on the late afternoon broadcast.
Macedo took to Twitter announcing her farewell last weekend and teasing her next opportunity with, “can’t say yet. Soon!”
A WNBC spokesperson says they don’t comment on rumors, but wouldn’t deny it either.
Macedo, 34, joined WCBS two years ago, primarily working with Andrea Grymes on the early Saturday and Sunday broadcasts. She was a frequent fill-in in the evening when Cindy Hsu was out for a few months last year.
UPDATE: Macedo is joining ABC News as anchor of the overnight broadcast World News Now and America ThisMorning.
If you’ve been tuning into Channel 2 on the weekend, you’ve noticed Cindy Hsu is M.I.A. from her anchoring duties.
The veteran WCBS weekend anchor hasn’t been on the air since late July. Hsu’s absence is shrouded in secrecy.
However, the mystery may be somewhat revealed.
While most people in the newsroom are in the dark as to the circumstances, a station insider believes Hsu is on short-term medical leave. No other details are known, but the insider says it’s “nothing dire” and that Hsu is “going to be OK.”
The source adds that the station is anxious to welcome Hsu back at the Broadcast Center.
The 49-year-old Emmy winning anchor/reporter has been a mainstay at Channel 2 for 22 years.
Television is certainly a visual medium. Local news is about striking a balance between attracting viewers and reporting the story.
Tuesday night, WCBS reporter Weijia Jiang stepped over the line of decency.
In telling the story about a string of robberies in a Brooklyn community while some of the victims slept, Jiang spoke to an eight-year-old girl about the incident. Her mother also talked to Jiang, who translated from Spanish.
Many aspects are wrong about the girl being interviewed for the “exclusive” piece. For starters, the first taped clip showed the girl saying “I was about to cry,” as she became inconsolable. (Video clips of the report below)
As she continued to cry the girl belted out, “He was going to kill my ma.”
The scene was “inexcusable,” one veteran TV reporter tells Tuned In.
“I know I would not have done that,” the longtime city reporter says. “[It’s] shameful and exploitative.”