No more splitting time for versatile reporter Eileen Lehpamer. She is ready to take on television in a full-time role. Lehpamer tells Tuned In that she’ll be on the crime and court beat for News 12 Long Island. She’s been a reporter at News 12 since 2003.
But her focus to TV means radio takes a backseat.
Lehpamer grew up in the business at WINS, rising up the ranks in more than 15 years. She began her WINS career as a news production assistant in 1997; a year later she became a writer. By 1999, Lehpamer started sitting at the “editor’s desk.” For the first time, listeners heard more than her name as a WINS reporter in 2001.
“It is bittersweet though to leave WINS.” Lehpamer says. “It is my home.”
The broadcasting bug first bit the native New Yorker at Fordham University’s WFUV.
Now with radio in the rearview mirror, she is ready for the challenge ahead.
“I am extremely excited and looking forward to breaking more stories in my expanded roll at News 12 Long Island,” Lehpamer says.
After her final WINS shift Sunday, Lehpamer jumps into her full-time debut the next morning.
Brooks (r) with WCBS 880 anchor Steve Scott at the New York Press Club holiday party on December 9, 2013.
Stan Brooks was an original voice of 1010 WINS. He was a reporter, for many years at City Hall, decades on all-news 1010 WINS. Brooks, who predated the station’s format change on April 19, 1965, died today likely from complications due to lung cancer. He would have been 87 next month.
News director Ben Mevorach tells Tuned In that Brooks died at his Manhattan home surrounded by family.
“While we grieve for the loss of this great man, please bear in mind that Stan was ready for this,” Mevorach says. “He left with no regrets, he left knowing he was beloved and he left with the comfort of knowing that his children and their children knew how much he loved them.”
But, one special love of Brooks’ life belonged to his late wife Lynn.
“No man ever loved a woman more than Stan loved Lynn. He saw his own death not as an end but as a time when he would be able to rejoin Lynn and simply continue on with the sixty year love affair that they had shared on earth, ” Mevorach adds.
Earlier this month, the City Hall radio room was renamed in Brooks’ honor.