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July 19, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
George Applegate Koehler, 87, a former television executive who developed Action News for what is now 6ABC, died of a stroke July 5 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Mr. Koehler, a decorated World War II veteran, became ill at his home in Pilesgrove, N.J., on the Fourth of July hours before he was to be grand marshal of the Woodstown/Pilesgrove Independence Day Parade. In 1970, he was general manager of the radio and television division of Triangle Publications, which included WFIL-TV (Channel 6)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer eichelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5909
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
  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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli had some excellent news of her own to report last Friday. She and hubby Matthew Pantaleno are expecting their first child. Vitarelli, co-anchor of Action News at 4, surprised a shocked Brian Taff during the newscast with the sonogram picture. Villanova grad Vitarelli has been married to Pantaleno since 2007. She's been with 6ABC since 2010.   Jim joins NBC Veteran newsman Jim Rosenfield will join NBC10's weeknight anchor desk with Renee Chenault-Fattah , Vai Sikahema and Jacqueline London starting Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
E RIN O'HEARN fans, get excited. The former 6ABC personality is back in rotation for the time being. "Erin O'Hearn is committed to being a mom first, but truly enjoys spending time with her Action News family as well," a 6ABC spokesman told me. "She will be contributing to 6ABC on a part-time basis in the weeks to come. " O'Hearn officially returned Monday night to Action News at 5 p.m. O'Hearn took a leave from the station to focus on her family in 2010 and was back to fill in for Nydia Han when she went on maternity leave last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Action News meteorologist and longtime local crush Cecily Tynan. Today, the weatherwoman turns 43, and enjoys a slightly less breathless following than she did when she first sashayed onto the set of Channel 6 way back in 1995. A mom, celeb and triathlete, she'll have sunny days ahead. The stars see happy coincidences, increased riches, new opportunities and, predictably, more parade hosting. Also celebrating today are Penns Grove native Bruce Willis, still living free and hardly dying at 57, and still-with-us Birds coach Andy Reid, promising to do better at 54. Friday, beloved former Eagles QB and current ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski jaws 61, and ever-smiling Action News morning reporter Karen Rogers traffics 42. - Lauren McCutcheon
NEWS
August 31, 2003 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the here-today, gone-tomorrow world of TV news, on-air personalities often go out the door feet first. But former WPVI-TV (Channel 6) anchor and reporter Robin Garrison left under her own power. In fact, the popular TV newswoman had to persuade WPVI management to give her an early release her from her contract. They did, and Garrison, who came to WPVI from a TV station in Fresno, Calif., in May 1981, left "Action News" - and Philadelphia - in September 1994. She and her husband had decided to pack up their belongings and their two young sons and move to Arizona.
NEWS
June 23, 2009
I'D LIKE TO make a suggestion to the staff and management of WPVI 6ABC once they move this fall to their new headquarters on Monument Road: Dedicate the facility to the late anchor/weatherman Jim O'Brien. He was the life and guts of Action News and would've been 70 were he still with us physically. Bhoke S. Lumumba Merion Station
NEWS
May 5, 2013
BOMBS HAD JUST exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The large flat-screen TV on the conference room wall at 6ABC showed images of chaos, bloodshed and strangers helping strangers. Cecily Tynan, Action News' weeknight meteorologist, walked in. She looked at the screen and was visibly moved. "Who would do this?" she asked. "It's just terrible. " Tynan, 44, a married mother of a 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl, is a serious runner. She's a four-time sub-3-hour marathoner and top 10 age group finisher at the 2003 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
  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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
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.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer eichelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5909
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.
NEWS
November 27, 2013
WHEN NINE high school students were arrested because of a brawl recently, the assumption made by many - including the school district spokesman - was that this was a matter of youth simply making poor choices. Little attention went to the fact that a lack of funding has caused youth to endure serious changes with deep consequences, including school closures, school changes, new peer surroundings and the absence of much-needed counselors and support staff. To effectively keep our schools safe and to prevent violence, we must address the dearth of resources that our students need to do well in school.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
E RIN O'HEARN fans, get excited. The former 6ABC personality is back in rotation for the time being. "Erin O'Hearn is committed to being a mom first, but truly enjoys spending time with her Action News family as well," a 6ABC spokesman told me. "She will be contributing to 6ABC on a part-time basis in the weeks to come. " O'Hearn officially returned Monday night to Action News at 5 p.m. O'Hearn took a leave from the station to focus on her family in 2010 and was back to fill in for Nydia Han when she went on maternity leave last year.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Jazeera has come to America, and that includes Philadelphia - a wonderful city, but not always the most congenial and cosmopolitan. Philly can be picky. So how does a new news outlet - one with a name that doesn't roll off the tongue in South Philly - position itself here? "They could give away Frisbees on Penn's Landing," joked Peter Jaroff, an assistant professor of media studies and production at Temple University, and a longtime 6ABC news producer. On Tuesday, Al Jazeera Media Network launched its U.S. cable news outlet, Al Jazeera America, promising a contrast to the "news-talk" format of U.S. networks.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli had some excellent news of her own to report last Friday. She and hubby Matthew Pantaleno are expecting their first child. Vitarelli, co-anchor of Action News at 4, surprised a shocked Brian Taff during the newscast with the sonogram picture. Villanova grad Vitarelli has been married to Pantaleno since 2007. She's been with 6ABC since 2010.   Jim joins NBC Veteran newsman Jim Rosenfield will join NBC10's weeknight anchor desk with Renee Chenault-Fattah , Vai Sikahema and Jacqueline London starting Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let us begin with that most beautiful event, birth - which, we are assured, happens not only to royal families and celebrities, but also to all humans. Jimmy Fallon , 38, has revealed that the baby girl his wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon delivered on Tuesday has been named Winnie Rose Fallon . "I'm the father of a beautiful baby girl," he said during his Late Night monologue Wednesday, "and she's so cute. She's 5 pounds, 9 ounces. " Facts of Life alum Kim Fields , 44, and hub Christopher Morgan , 37, are expecting a boy in early December.
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