CBS3 hires investigative reporter Charlotte Huffman

Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME will get a surprise donation on tomorrow's episode of "The Queen Latifah Show."
Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME will get a surprise donation on tomorrow's episode of "The Queen Latifah Show."
Posted: September 26, 2013

J ESSICA DEAN isn't the only new face at CBS3 and CW57. Charlotte Huffman will join the team as an investigative reporter starting Monday.

Huffman hails from Oklahoma City but comes to Philly from NBC-affiliated WNCN in Raleigh, N.C., where she'd been a reporter since 2010. Huffman was recently honored with a 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her report on contaminated water in North Carolina, which prompted a change in the Legislature and a statewide water-safety campaign.

Of course, Huffman will have to learn that up in Philly, we'd pronounce that wooder contamination.

Philly's Emmy roots

Congrats to former local gal Julie Schubert, who won an Emmy for her casting duties in "House of Cards" in the creative-arts portion of the awards.

Schubert's family owns Maggio's in Southampton, Bucks County.

"It was an unbelievable type of feeling. Like, 'Wow, it really happened,' " said Julie's brother, JoshSchubert, who runs the kitchen at Maggio's. "It was an overwhelming happy feeling for my sister."

Schubert was the cast director on the "Footloose" remake starring Julianne Hough and worked as a casting associate on the Atlantic City-set "Boardwalk Empire."

Josh got hooked on the Netflix series "House of Cards" - which was also nominated for best drama series and best actor for star Kevin Spacey - like everyone else: by binge-watching it. "I was in the hospital in January, and Julie brought her iPad and she got me hooked on it," he said.

Spacey tweeted yesterday, "Great win for #HouseofCards and Casting Directors Julie Schubert & Laray Mayfield at #EmmysArts. Well done girls!"

Tony tweets: I'm single

Cheesesteak impresario Tony Luke Jr. is a single man. Luke tweeted that he and fiancee Jennifer Schloder are no longer engaged.

Luke tweeted: "People are asking me whats going on with u and Jenn? so I will answer this to everyone at the same time. Me and Jennifer are no longer Engaged or are we together this is an extremely difficult time for me. so please respect that and dont ask me what happened. please respect Jenn also, as this is difficult for her as well.. Thank u"

Luke has a lot to keep him busy: He's in the financing stages of a new film venture, "Queens for a Day," with his partner on "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone," Philly-born actor Leo Rossi.

Sister meets Queen

Sister Mary Scullion, Wonder Woman-esque co-founder of one of the city's most visible and successful homeless-advocacy groups, gets a surprise from Queen Latifah on tomorrow's "The Queen Latifah Show," airing at 3 p.m. on CBS3. The surprise: Citizens Bank donates $10,000 to Scullion's Project HOME for gas and expenses to operate their homeless-outreach van. She's not the only Philly lady on the program; Latifah also interviews hometown diva Jill Scott.

Scullion will also gussy herself up tonight to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs at the Urban Outfitters headquarters at the Navy Yard. Go to bit.ly/1fzfR0g to purchase tickets.

Celek's in service

Eagles tight end Brent Celek will hold his fourth-annual Celebrity Waiter Night, during which Celek and his Eagles buds don aprons and serve up a four-course meal, on Oct. 3 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The night benefits Celek's Take Flight Foundation, which supports ill and physically challenged children throughout the region. Tix are $250 and can be purchased at brentcelek.org.

Blavat moves on

Tonight is my man, pots 'n' pans Jerry Blavat's final dance party at SugarHouse Casino, where he danced the night away for more than two years. Blavat is heading over to Valley Forge Casino for his Live at 5 party. The 5 p.m. broadcast can be heard live on Kool 98.3, Cruisin' 92.1 and 1490 WBCB.


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