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ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lansdowne man who threatened over Twitter to rape a television meteorologist and kill her and her child was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison. Justin Vernot, 30, made the threats against CBS3's Kate Bilo through the Twitter account @ColdDeadEyes in February 2012, telling her that he knew her routine, was coming for her, and planned to kill her in front of her son. The chilling messages were noted by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond when he handed down a sentence that topped both federal guidelines and the term requested by the prosecutor.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
SAY BON VOYAGE to CBS3 reporter Oren Liebermann , who is leaving the station to embark on an around-the-world trip with his wife of one year, Cassie Kramer . "It's a big world, and we haven't seen enough of it yet," Liebermann told me about why he and Kramer, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at Kensington's Stetson Charter School, decided to take the plunge. Get ready to be jealous of this itinerary: Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Kenya, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Peru, Chile, Argentina.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
  C   HRIS MAY won't be so lonely at the anchor desk come next month. Jessica Dean will join the CBS3/CW57 anchor, replacing the much-beloved Susan Barnett , who left in April. Dean will appear on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on CBS3 and on CW57's Philly's 10 p.m. newscast. Dean comes to Philly from the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark., where she has been the evening news anchor since 2011. Although CBS3 didn't give Dean an official start date, her last newscast in Arkansas will be Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
CBS RADIO Philadelphia is on the move. WPHT and WOGL will move from their City Line Avenue home to Old City, at the 4th and Market location housing WIP. KYW Newsradio, on the other hand, will join CBS3 and CW57 at 1555 Hamilton St. "An expiring lease brought the question of moving to the surface. By uniting KYW Newsradio and CBS3/CW57, we will have the largest news-gathering organization under one roof in the Delaware Valley and be capable of great things synergistically," said Marc Rayfield , CBS Radio Philadelphia's senior vice president and marketing manager.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
CBS3 AND CW57 add reporter Matt Rivers to their ranks beginning today. Rivers might hail from New Jersey, but he's spent recent years in the Lone Star State, working in San Antonio and El Paso, covering border politics and even being detained by the Mexican military while reporting on border violence in the town of Reynosa. Another recent CBS3 hire, reporter Ileana Diaz , is also a Spanish speaker.   'Bachelor'-ette weds South Jersey's Helene Eksterowicz finally gets her man. Eksterowicz "won" the second season of "The Bachelor" when banker Aaron Buerge got down on one knee, only to dump her five weeks later.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
CBS3 IS HAVING quite the pop-cultural year. In "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang 's 2013 Tony Award-winner for best play, there's a shout-out to weather woman Carol Erickson . The Anton Chekhov -inspired farce is about two siblings, living in an inherited house in Bucks County, whose movie-star sister and her new boy toy come a-callin'. In one scene, Vanya (played on Broadway by David Hyde Pierce of "Frasier") discusses his love for the weathercaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
This article has been corrected. CBS3 HAS ANNOUNCED it is adding reporter Ileana Diaz to its roster of reporters. Diaz, who hails from Los Angeles, comes to Philly from New York, where she worked at the Fox affiliate on stories such as the high-profile confession of the murderer of Etan Patz . According to her Facebook page, Diaz is into exploring new cultures and boxing. She's a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and is fluent in Spanish.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
COULD THE CBS3 morning team survive the zombie apocalypse? Who would make the most dangerous brain-eater? Erika von Tiehl , Ukee Washington or Katie Fehlinger ? There's a reason to speculate on such matters of local news: Von Tiehl, Washington and Fehlinger make cameos in "World War Z," the new Brad Pitt -starring zombie-horror movie. Catch them at a theater near you tomorrow. The movie begins in Philadelphia, but was - unfortunately for us celeb-hungry Philadelphians - shot in Glasgow, Scotland.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
A VIDEO OF EDITED clips featuring CBS3 morning anchor Nicole Brewer and meteorologist Carol Erickson snarking at each other went viral yesterday. The video makes it seem as if the two are in the midst of a bitter feud. At one point in the video, the backdrop makes it look as if Erickson is bathed in light, giving her a halo. Brewer responds, "It always comes into question when it's you and a halo. " The video, from AmazingLife247, had more than 400,000 views as of last night, though Mark Pygas , human resources and community manager of AmazingLife247, says the website expected the numbers to reach 500,000 to 600,000 by the end of the day yesterday.
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