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Morning Anchor Shakeup at WNYW/Channel 5

It starts with Sukanya Krishnan (left), the longtime WPIX morning host. There she was this week as co-anchor of the Channel 5/WNYW precursor to Good Day New York. She is teaming with Jennifer Lahmers, who is usually seen in the evening at the desk or covering a story in the field. Now, the two ladies get the Good Day New York lead-in from 4:30-7am each weekday.

But WNYW has more surprises up its sleeve. As first reported by FTV Live, Lori Stokes, who recently ended a 17-year run on WABC/Channel 7, is moving onto the Fox O and O.

What happens next is still to be determined. Sources say Stokes is expected to join Channel 5 in November as co-anchor of the popular Good Day New York. Reportedly, she will team with Rosanna Scotto, thus ending the longtime duo with Greg Kelly. If that does materialize, Kelly could be the odd man out.

“I always said I’d like to see him back in the trenches doing the war correspondent thing,” Former Fox5 colleague  says. “It’s in his blood. I’d love to see him as spokesman for his dad’s [former police commissioner, Ray Kelly] campaign for mayor, or better yet–president!”

While we don’t know the inner workings, it’s clearly a gamble upsetting the chemistry with Greg and Rosanna. Stokes (right) has a strong track record in the daypart and WABC is usually rating winner in the morning (if not the rest of the day), but will she and Scotto gel? Is it risky to have two females anchor the broadcast? Time will tell.

Lou Young Retires From WCBS

One of the premiere street reporters for more than 35 years, Lou Young leaves WCBS/Channel 2. The station giving a send-off to the popular broadcast journalist, complete with a cake and champagne.

“It made me feel very loved,” Young says.

Call it retirement if you like, but Young has another idea.

“I’m taking a break and it was the perfect time to do it,” Young tells Tuned In.

However, he’s in no rush to resume his career, saying he’s fully decompressing without even watch the news.

“Somebody told me that you don’t know what you’re going to feel like until you walk through the door. I’ve just walked through the door,” Young says . “I need to spend a little time and I’ll figure it out.”

Young worked at the “Big 3” local stations, starting with nine years at WABC/Channel 7 from 1981 to 1990. He moved to WNBC until 1994, before his 23-year stint at WCBS.

“I want to spend some time with my parents,” Young says.

A multiple Emmy Award winner, Young covered some of biggest stories at WCBS, including the search for Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and, of course 9/11.

“As jobs go, it’s terrific,” Young says.

His retirement was expedited by the sudden death of longtime friend and colleague John Slattery in 2014.

“You keep putting stuff off because, in the back of your mind, you think you’re going to live forever. But you’re not going to live forever,” Young admits. “You’re not going to get to any of this stuff unless you get out and do it. And you can’t do it if you don’t have time. And you can’t have time if you’re working.”

Channel 7 Anchor Announces ‘Death’ of Hillary Clinton

joeHours after Hillary Clinton apparently collapsed abruptly exiting the 9/11 ceremony, WABC-TV hit the air for its 6 p.m. newscast. Instead of leading with the pneumonia diagnosis, anchor Joe Torres told viewers about the “death” of the Democratic candidate for president.

Channel 7 spokesman Jim Gorham says, “During a live introduction to a story about the health of Hillary Clinton, Joe Torres inadvertently said “death” when he meant to say “health.”

That’s fine, but a mistake of that magnitude should have been caught immediately by Torres, if not anyone else in the studio or control room.

However, the spokesman says there was no apology because it was “clear from the context of the story, the reporters’ information and graphics on the screen that Secretary Clinton was alive and recovering.”

Actually, that’s not completely true.

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Emmy Night: Wragge, Fadal Among the Big Winners

B9lXa8FIYAAYH1T (1)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.

Veteran Reporter Sarah Wallace Heading to WNBC

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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.

Picture Finally Comes Into Focus for Sarah Wallace Firing at Channel 7

wabc_bio_sarahwallace_160x200After a stellar 30-year career for Sarah Wallace, Tuned In has learned exclusively what led WABC/Channel 7 management to abruptly fire their veteran reporter.

Station insiders say the ugly dismissal stems from a story Wallace worked on several years ago.

Her investigation helped shed light on a man and his potential wrongful murder conviction.

Wallace’s report was fully developed and investigated, but never aired.

However, in February, Wallace was subpoenaed to testify about nonconfidential material in that case at an innocence hearing.

“She uncovered those facts in her investigation of the story and simply told the truth,” an insider says.

The man would not have gotten the innocence hearing without the information that Wallace uncovered from the prosecution’s star witness, insiders say.  The man is serving a 25 years to life sentence.

She testified in February and was fired by news director Camille Edwards almost immediately.

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2015 New York Emmy Awards Rundown

B9lXa8FIYAAYH1T (1)For a night, the cutthroat business of television news embraces itself at the New York Emmy Awards. Of course, some had more to embrace than others.

In one of the top awards of the night, Best News Anchor, Adriana Vargas from Univision 41/WXTV upset some big names: WCBS’ Chris Wragge, and a trio of WPIX talent– Tamsen Fadal, Scott Stanford and Sukanya Krishnan. Stanford, however, didn’t go home empty-handed, winning the Best Sports Anchor prize.

Channel 41 also was chosen Top Morning Newscast, defeating WCBS, and a pair of WPIX entries, while its rival Telemundo 47/WNJU won the biggest hardware–Best Evening Newscast.

WCBS’ Lonnie Quinn earned his fifth Emmy as top Weather Anchor.

Along with Stanford, Channel 11 gave newly installed news director Amy Waldman plenty to smile about, as the Tribune flagship took home 15 trophies. Mario Diaz and Jay Dow won multiple awards.

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Tuned In Exclusive: Lisa Colagrossi’s Husband Says Morning Shift Was ‘Contributing Factor’ to Her Death

11081013_402089466636141_5445076497163986496_nIt’s been a month since the WABC-TV family lost Lisa Colagrossi. But the ones really dealing with the tragedy are her husband of 17 years, Todd Crawford, and her two boys.

Crawford, in an exclusive conversation with Tuned In, says he’s overwhelmed by the support from the broadcasting industry.

“It was very comforting and very touching,” Crawford says. “What we knew before all of this happened is how important that she was to us. But what we didn’t realize was how special she was to a lot of other people around the country.”

While Crawford is so appreciative of the condolences, he recognizes it can only provide temporary support.

“We’ll never replace someone like Lisa. We would need four people to replace one Lisa; that’s how much she meant to our family.”

Colagrossi died suddenly from a brain aneurysm after working on a story in Queens for the morning newscast on Channel 7.  Crawford says the medical problem is genetic, but Colagrossi had no symptoms and there was no a family history.

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Diana Williams Takes Leave of Absence from Channel 7

wabc_bio_dianawilliams_160x200Longtime anchor Diana Williams is taking a break from her duties at WABC-TV. She wrote on her Facebook page that she’s stepping away to care of her ailing husband.

“On Friday we said our goodbyes. For those who have been following me via social media my husband will begin a bone marrow, now referred to as a stem cell transplant, starting today. And I will be at his side as he gets a new birthday,” Williams tells her Facebook followers. “I bid farewell to the best team you could ask for on Friday as I take a leave of absence from work. I don’t know how long I will be gone but I couldn’t do this without the support of my amazing co-workers. God bless them and all of you.”

If, or when, Williams will return is undetermined. Her tenure at WABC started in 1991. She co-anchored several years with Bill Beutel. These days Williams has been the co-anchor at 5 p.m. with Sade Baderinwa.

It’s been a difficult several weeks for WABC staffers. Last month, Sarah Wallace abruptly quit after three decades covering stories. But the station was emotionally rocked on March 20, when reporter Lisa Colagrossi died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage.

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Colleagues Cope with Loss of Lisa Colagrossi

11081013_402089466636141_5445076497163986496_nFriends and co-workers are in mourning after the stunning death of Lisa Colagrossi. The veteran Channel 7 reporter died from a brain hemorrhage after covering a story Thursday morning. She was 49.

Longtime WABC-TV anchor Bill Ritter says what most close to Colagrossi are feeling.

“We are all crushed, devastated,” Ritter tells Tuned In. “Lisa was the ultimate pro, and set the bar for how to work hard and effectively as both an immersed reporter and an immersed mom and spouse. I’m filled with sorrow, but also with joy for having known her.”

A familiar face since joining WABC in 2001, at home Colagrossi was hockey mom to her two sons.

In a statement, Dave Davis, President and GM at WABC, says, “All of us in the Channel 7 family are in shock over her sudden death, Our attention is now focused on helping her husband and two children through this difficult time.”

After finishing her morning shift covering a Queens house fire, Colagrossi collapsed in the news van and was rushed to the hospital. Unable to regain consciousness, she died Friday morning.

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