Longtime investigative reporter Sarah Wallace is no longer at Channel 7. Insiders tell Tuned In the award-winning reporter abruptly left the station Thursday.
There is some confusion surrounding her departure.
“We don’t know what happened,” a source says. “She’s a great reporter and a huge part of the Eyewitness News team. But why this happened – no one has said and no one seems to know.”
But we do know she is beloved by most at the station. Her former co-workers started sending an email chain sharing how they felt about her work.
“The outpouring of support for her has been huge,” another insider says.
That outpouring is apparently not extending to management. News director Camille Edwards sent a two-sentence note to staffers saying, “I wanted to let you know that Sarah Wallace is no longer with Eyewitness News. We want to thank Sarah for her many years of service and wish her the best,” FTVLive reports.
It all started for Wallace at WABC in 1984, originally as a consumer reporter.
But she found her calling on the investigative beat, where she would chase down subjects with a kinder/gentler version of Mike Wallace’s ambush theater perfected on 60 Minutes.
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.
By JERRY BARMASH
We’ve been singing the praises of WPIX for its coverage in Boston last Friday. But, it was a different matter today.
The local stations broke in for Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference detailing how the suspects had New York in their sights after the marathon explosions. Bloomberg said the terrorists planned to detonate more bombs in Times Square.
It was big enough news for nearly every station to break in. WCBS, WNBC, WNYW, and WABC were on the air live. But WPIX, which also got high marks as the only local station live from the Vatican as a new pope was elected, was late to cover today’s story.
PIX opted for Judge Mathis. Ironically, once the press conference ended, a special report graphic flew appeared on the screen. With Mario Diaz acting as the anchor, the station wrapped up what everyone else knew if they were watching the major channels. This WPIX coverage was meek as Diaz showed viewers a few highlights in a three-minute special report.