November 24, 2015 |
You might expect to see some new faces on your favorite news channel. Two local TV people bid adieu late last week. After an exhilarating 29-year run, reporter David Henry said goodbye to 6ABC on Thursday. He told me he has no immediate plans other than decompressing with his wife, Sara , for a few months, then on to some R&R in the form of skiing, sailing and traveling around the world. "I'm trading the big story on 'Action News' for the little things you miss while zipping along in the fast lane," Henry said.
September 25, 2015 |
There's no reason to miss a single minute of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday: Local TV stations will provide live, wall-to-wall coverage, and cable news channels CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC will offer rolling coverage throughout the weekend in addition to live special reports. Not near a TV? Streaming video will be available from local stations as well as several dedicated websites. If you're going to tune in to only a few events, the must-sees are: Saturday 4:45 p.m.: Pope Francis delivers a speech at Independence Hall on religious freedom and immigration.
June 5, 2015 |
CHANNEL 6's Kenneth Moton is trading in his "Action News" hat for a Nationals' cap, as he's headed to the nation's capital. "Kenneth Moton is following his dreams of being a network news correspondent, as he moves on to ABC NewsOne, in Washington, D.C.," said an "Action News" spokesman. "NewsOne provides news coverage for all of the ABC stations across the country, including WPVI. We will miss his passion and journalistic talents, but we're thrilled to keep him in the ABC family.
May 6, 2015 |
IF YOU'RE a public-radio fan and the idea of money talk strikes your fancy, catch David Brancaccio , radio and TV journalist and host of the National Public Radio program "Marketplace" at WHYY's studios (150 N. 6th St.) tomorrow night. Brancaccio plans to take us behind the scenes of the production of his morning radio show and provide insider information on a topic of economics he promises will affect everyone in 2015. I'm told the WHYY visit will be the Peabody, Emmy and Walter Cronkite award winner's only public appearance in Philadelphia.
November 15, 2014
IT'S HARDLY news that local broadcast personalities sometimes lead double lives (as, for instance, notorious skirt-chasers or charity scammers). But when it comes to extracurricular activities, those of longtime 6ABC newsreader Rick Williams are far more wholesome. Williams, who co-anchors the "Action News" noon and 5 p.m. weekday newscasts, spends a good deal of his offscreen hours with the Moorestown Theater Company, both as a member of the community troupe's executive board and, more prominently, as a leading man in many of its musicals.
September 24, 2014 |
BY ALL accounts, 6ABC reporter Annie McCormick is a fantastic reporter and wonderful woman, and it's a shame what's happening to her. Sources tell me that McCormick asked the station for some time off after her husband, lobbyist A.J. Marsico , was charged with sexual assault stemming from an August incident. A rep from 6ABC said that the station does not comment on personnel matters. McCormick is a part-time employee at 6ABC and does not have a regular schedule.
August 27, 2014 |
FOX 29 will have a new face for its new weekend broadcast, alongside a familiar one. Lauren Johnson will be the new kid on the block when Fox 29 debuts its weekend morning newscast starting Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. Johnson hails from Georgia and has worked at Fox affiliates in Memphis and Orlando, including a stint as a morning-show host. Johnson will be joined by Karen Hepp in the newscast, which is reportedly going to put a heavy premium on social-media use and interactivity.
April 18, 2014 |
BLESS ME, Father, for I have sinned. I lied to a cop. On Holy Thursday. At least I desecrated the Lenten season for a good reason: Chocolates. Not just any chocolates, but silken wonders by Blasius' Own Make. Including a solid, dark-chocolate bunny for a co-worker and a hollow, white-chocolate one for my boss. Two pounds of cherry cordials for a fellow reporter's sweet tooth. Big coconut eggs - the kind you slice into sticky slabs - for the editor. And for the rest of my Daily News family, shiny white boxes of thickly dipped chocolate pretzels, nuts, caramels and jellies.
February 19, 2014 |
JACK LAVERY, a freshman at West Chester University, thought he'd won $10,000 by making a shot from halfcourt during a halftime contest of a game against Shippensburg on Saturday. Until he saw the fine print. Lavery, who was randomly selected for the challenge, had 25 seconds to make a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a shot from halfcourt. He easily made the first three. He then missed on his first attempt from midcourt, raced to get the rebound, and while the announcer was counting down the seconds, hit a one-handed buzzer-beater.
January 28, 2014 |
CONGRATS TO 6ABC's afternoon anchor Alicia Vitarelli, who gave birth to a baby girl, with husband Matthew Pantaleno . The baby, who was born Friday morning, is named Priscilla Isabelle . Vitarelli announced she was pregnant on-air back in August, surprising co-anchor Brian Taff in the process. Vitarelli, a Villanova grad, has been married to Pantaleno since 2007. She's been with 6ABC since 2010. This is the couple's first child. Vitarelli is part of the 6ABC baby boom.