Wallace ready for new start at Channel 4
If Al Michaels can move to NBC after several decades and several Emmys at ABC, why not Sarah Wallace on the local level?
A distinguished 30-year career for Wallace at WABC/Channel 7 ended abruptly in February due to a clash of styles with news director Camille Edwards.
Now WNBC/Channel 4 is coming to the rescue, bringing the famed reporter back on the air. She’ll be a member of the station’s I-Team, investigative unit. Tuned In has learned she’ll debut shortly after Labor Day.
“Sarah Wallace is a reporter’s reporter,” Susan Sullivan, WNBC news director, said in a statement.
Insiders say Sullivan’s hard news focus is a good fit for Wallace.
WNBC is beefing up its I-Team that already includes Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst, Melissa Russo and Pei-Sze Chang. Insiders say Wallace’s hire signals their re-emphasis on investigative journalism.
Wallace has been a fixture in New York since joining Channel 7 in 1984. The veteran reporter is beloved among viewers and newsrooms.
insiders say Wallace received dozens of calls from her former Channel 7 colleagues. The overwhelming feeling is that WABC’s loss is WNBC’s gain.
Wallace has a mantle full of trophies, from 15 Emmy Awards to a Peabody and a couple of Murrow Awards.
He’s a multiple Emmy Award winner. He’s covered the biggest stories since joining WNBC in 2009. Tom Llamas is leaving 30 Rock. Insiders say his last day is Friday.
Tuned In has learned that news director Susan Sullivan told staffers in an email today.
Llamas went from general assignment reporting to anchoring to more comprehensive investigative pieces.
No word on Llamas’ next move.
Among the breaking news he covered for Channel 4 and NBC News viewers were the Boston Marathon bombing and the earthquake in Haiti.
In June of 2013, Llamas was taken off the noon anchoring slot to concentrate on the I-Team reports. He has maintained the 5 p.m. broadcast with Shiba Russell.
Also last year, Llamas snatched the Best Anchor prize at the New York Emmys.
By JERRY BARMASH
Veteran WNBC reporter John Noel has died from complications of brain cancer.
We reported that Noel, the Brooklyn native and longtime Channel 4 reporter for the borough, had first suffered from brain cancer last year. He battled back before taking ill again last month. We’re told Noel was being treated at a hospice wing of Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn in his final weeks. The station says Noel was 62.
Tuned In obtained the email that news director Susan Sullivan sent to staffers this afternoon. She said Noel died during the overnight and quoted his brother Randy that John was comfortable and not in any pain at the end.
“What a courageous fight! John was an inspiration to us all,” Sullivan wrote.
Last month, his former WNBC colleague Sue Simmons called Noel “one of the good guys.”
Noel’s Brooklyn spirit, Sullivan wrote, helped keep him focused on reporting even as the treatments ensued.
“His regimen was one most of us could not keep up . He went religiously to the Dojo. But that was not enough for our John . There would be more exercise on the treadmill,” Sullivan said.