April 2, 2014 |
THE PENNSYLVANIA BALLET has named CBS3 anchor Jessica Dean as the first honorary ambassador for its school and outreach programming, helping to foster a love of dance in students throughout the city. While she's bringing ballet into the lives of students of all ages, can Dean cut a rug herself? "I wouldn't say I would go so far as to say I was a ballerina," Dean told me, adding she has nine years of tap and ballet under her belt. Alas, don't expect a demonstration on the evening news.
March 18, 2014 |
LOVE is in the air at NBC10 and CBS3. Wedding bells rang at CBS3 on Friday as reporter Syma Chowdhry and cameraman Andy Zaremba said 'I do' at the Hotel Monaco. How cute is this? Chowdhry and Zaremba tied the knot a year to the day after they met, March 14, 2013, when Chowdhry joined CBS3. Chowdhry wore a long, lacy gown, complete with a lace-edged veil. Their cake was a red, white and blue delicacy from Potito's Bakery, topped with a tiny replica of the famous Robert Indiana "LOVE" statue.
March 14, 2014 |
CBS3 HAS ADDED another face to its roster. Jan Carabeo will join the station as a general assignment reporter. A native of the Washington, D.C., suburbs, Carabeo comes to Philly from the Fox affiliate in Hartford, Conn. She's a graduate of the University of Maryland. Her Hartford station bio reads, "No matter how tough the season is going, she'll never stop rooting for the Redskins. " Uh-oh. Carabeo is in Eagles country now. Could she switch affiliations? "If anyone from home sees this, they will disown me," she said when I asked her about her team affiliation.
March 13, 2014 |
ANDREA STRAUB, the Main Line Realtor accused of dumping animal carcasses on a neighbor's lawn after the neighbor and Straub put their homes up for sale at the same time, is suing CBS3 for defamation, emotional distress and more, saying the station broadcast "a preposterous and knowingly false story" about the incident. Anchor Chris May , reporter Walt Hunter , news director Susan Schiller and account executive Kim Papay also are named as defendants. Andrea Straub said she lost an annual income of about $500,000 from her job at Prudential, plus $16 million in listings, and was "effectively run out of town" after the story aired June 26. She also received "hate-filled" voice mails, email and letters, she said.
January 16, 2014 |
CBS3 REPORTER Ileana Diaz is expecting her first child, a girl. Diaz is married to fellow broadcast journalist Joel Waldman , an investigative reporter at Fox 5 in New York City, where Diaz previously worked before heading to Philly in July. Diaz is one of many television reporters sporting baby bumps, including 6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli , Jamie Apody and Nydia Han , as well as Fox 29's Kerry Barrett . Channel 6's Ducis Rodgers just became a dad for the second time, welcoming Dylan Mac Rodgers last week.
November 6, 2013 |
Left tackle Jason Peters and cornerback Bradley Fletcher exited Sunday's 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders with pectoral injuries. Coach Chip Kelly said Peters would not practice on Tuesday, but he expects him to return this week. Kelly was vague about Fletcher, saying that he would "see as the week goes along. " The Eagles already are thin at cornerback, with only four on the active roster. The team has one open roster spot, so it could add another cornerback this week. One player who can help at cornerback is safety Patrick Chung, who returned to the lineup after missing two weeks with a shoulder injury.
November 6, 2013 |
LOOK OUT , Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick : There's another Philly-area teacher-turned-author making waves in Hollywood. John Dixon 's novel, Phoenix Island , will be the basis of the upcoming CBS thriller "Intelligence," starrin g Josh Holloway ("Lost") and Marg Helgenberger ("CSI"). The show will premiere in February. What's more is that the catalyst of Phoenix Island , which doesn't hit bookshelves until January, is based on a state current event: the kids-for-cash scandal in which two Luzerne County judges took kickbacks for sending kids to privately run juvenile detention camps.
October 18, 2013 |
LOOKS LIKE Alycia Lane is out of a job. Again. The former CBS3 anchor, who will live in Philadelphia infamy, was axed from her spot at NBC4 in Los Angeles, according to the website TV Spy, which gave no reason for the split. Lane went national recently when she happened to be near the blast site of the Boston Marathon attacks, speaking with the "Today" show and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams . " Also ousted was another familiar face: Sean Murphy , a former CW57 traffic reporter.
October 16, 2013 |
WHEN YOU do what you love for a living, 30 years can feel like a moment. After identifying her love for sports and turning it into a career in Philadelphia, Suzanne Smith worked her way up with CBS to become a sports director and the only woman directing NFL games for any of the five networks televising the NFL. Since joining CBS Sports in 1983 as a broadcast associate, Smith, now 55, served in many capacities before becoming the sports director....
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.