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March 13, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
TO AT LEAST some Delaware Valley residents, early morning, rush-hour-traffic hassles have looked a lot better since August. Not that things have improved on the Blue Route or I-295, but the snafus have been monitored for Fox 29's morning news and gabfest "Good Day Philadelphia" by Kacie McDonnell. If the buzz is to be believed, she is well on her way to becoming Philly TV's next It Girl. There are plenty of folks - especially those who used to fall under the heading of "red-blooded American males" - who may assume that they get why the 5-foot-4-inch, hazel-eyed, raven-haired Pottsville native is garnering such attention.
NEWS
June 29, 2010 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Talk about a traffic backup. John Brown , the city's most-listened-to radio traffic reporter, was driving on the Schuylkill Expressway on his way to Metro Traffic last week when he lost all feeling in his leg - the effect of several ruptured disks. Fortunately for his fellow motorists, it was his left leg, said his wife, Donna . Brown, who's had back trouble, drove himself to Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he had surgery. Donna Brown says surgeon James Kenning fittingly described the nerve damage as "six lanes on the expressway merged into one. " Brown hopes to be back on stations such as KYW-AM (1060)
NEWS
June 8, 1992 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eagle 106 and a small West Chester "daytimer," WCHE-AM (1520), are in a catfight these days - over a traffic reporter. They both want the same guy talking morning snarls. Here's the deal. There's this one guy from Metro/Shadow Traffic. On Eagle 106, he called himself Joe Stefano; on 'CHE, he was Chris Knight. Neither is his real name. ("At the station they call me Sybil," he quips.) Anyway, for the last year, Stefano/Knight's bantering with 'CHE morning man Jerry Bruno got to be a regular part of the morning schtick.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray . McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, Mo., where she landed a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The pair started dating in 2013. "I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I'm really committed to being a part of this community for the time being.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
HER CRYSTALLINE, sky-blue eyes probably caught your attention before you even read these words. CBS3's Eyewitness News team has a permanent replacement for former traffic reporter Bob Kelly , who moved over to work the roads for Fox 29 in October. Enter Meisha Johnson , who starts Monday. Johnson drove more than 1,100 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, and she'll soon appear on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " This frees up Vittoria Woodill , a freelancer, to do other projects for the station, including CBS3's "Down the Shore" segment, which airs from a different beach town every Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013
THERE ARE several subjects about which "Good Day Philadelphia" traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is passionate, among them helping pediatric cancer patients and members of the military and their families ("I cannot watch a homecoming video at work . . . without tearing up," she admitted). But during a recent chat, no subject seemed to jazz her more than the Eagles, specifically new head coach, Chip Kelly. "I was wearing my visor the day he was announced as the new head coach," she said, making a reference to Kelly's head gear of choice.
NEWS
December 30, 2011 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & DANA DiFILIPPO, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
A BRITISH TOURIST who died in search of the perfect body, a pregnant woman and her unborn child who were beaten to death outside traffic court and a KYW traffic reporter slain by a butcher-knife-wielding bicyclist were among the city's more notorious deaths this year. Here's a look back: * Feb. 7: Tovoyia Owens, 21, was killed along with her unborn child when she was beaten to death outside of Philadelphia Traffic Court in broad daylight. Walter Williams, 26, is awaiting trial on third-degree murder charges for the beating, which was allegedly spurred on by an ongoing dispute he had with Owens' boyfriend.
NEWS
March 20, 2006 | By Kera Ritter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Mary Kaye Jacono entered the Miss Philadelphia pageant two years ago, she sang, strutted and spoke her way to first runner-up and vowed to come back again. On Saturday night, the Delaware County native took home the crown and a $10,000 scholarship along with the title of Miss Congeniality. "I had such a wonderful time, I wanted to come back and give it another try," said Jacono, 23, a second-year law student at Villanova University. "Luckily, it worked out for me. " The 16 contestants were judged on their interviewing skills, talent, evening wear, answers to onstage questions, and swimwear.
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
CBS3 IS making some big changes to its morning news show. Jim Donovan, a consumer reporter for the station since 2004, is being promoted to the anchor seat. Donovan fills the place left by Ukee Washington, a veteran CBS3 anchor, who moved to the nighttime newscast with Jessica Dean after staff shake-ups included the departures of nighttime anchor Chris May, veteran meteorologist Kathy Orr (who has since landed at Fox 29), and sportscaster Beasley Reece. Donovan will pull double duty, continuing his work as a consumer reporter and his segment "On Your Side.
NEWS
July 30, 1990 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Veteran traffic reporter Walt McDonald leaned out of his copter late last week and dropped a bombshell on his employer, Shadow Traffic: He's headed for rival Metro Traffic Control. "I'm going through a terrible time," McDonald said Friday, acknowledging that he and his wife had agonized over the decision to defect to "the bad guys. " But the offer was just too good. At Shadow, which he joined in 1985 when it took over the Arco Go Patrol, McDonald was chief traffic reporter, a senior vice president and a minority owner.
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March 2, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
CBS3 IS making some big changes to its morning news show. Jim Donovan, a consumer reporter for the station since 2004, is being promoted to the anchor seat. Donovan fills the place left by Ukee Washington, a veteran CBS3 anchor, who moved to the nighttime newscast with Jessica Dean after staff shake-ups included the departures of nighttime anchor Chris May, veteran meteorologist Kathy Orr (who has since landed at Fox 29), and sportscaster Beasley Reece. Donovan will pull double duty, continuing his work as a consumer reporter and his segment "On Your Side.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
HER CRYSTALLINE, sky-blue eyes probably caught your attention before you even read these words. CBS3's Eyewitness News team has a permanent replacement for former traffic reporter Bob Kelly , who moved over to work the roads for Fox 29 in October. Enter Meisha Johnson , who starts Monday. Johnson drove more than 1,100 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, and she'll soon appear on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " This frees up Vittoria Woodill , a freelancer, to do other projects for the station, including CBS3's "Down the Shore" segment, which airs from a different beach town every Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray . McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, Mo., where she landed a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The pair started dating in 2013. "I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I'm really committed to being a part of this community for the time being.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CBS3 TRAFFIC reporter Bob Kelly has left CBS3 after 13 years at the station. In an email to me, Kelly made it clear this was not an expected departure. "It's been an emotional couple of days for sure. I truly expected to finish out my career at CBS, and the incredible outpouring of countless messages and phone calls has reminded me how much I really love doing what I get to do, and in the city I grew up in," Kelly told me in an email, adding that he was blown away by the support he received on Facebook.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
CBS3's Vittoria Woodill has got herself a side gig. The traffic reporter will be a fashion blogger for hip-hop diva and personal hero Queen Latifah at queenlatifah.com. Her Majesty will launch her new talk, "The Queen Latifah Show," today at 3 p.m. on CBS3. Woodill was no stranger to the blogging beat, even before she started telling you about jams and delays. She blogs at lifestyle site Polished for Pennies (polishedforpennies.com). Woodill isn't the only Philadelphian to hit up the Queen's new talker.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013
THERE ARE several subjects about which "Good Day Philadelphia" traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is passionate, among them helping pediatric cancer patients and members of the military and their families ("I cannot watch a homecoming video at work . . . without tearing up," she admitted). But during a recent chat, no subject seemed to jazz her more than the Eagles, specifically new head coach, Chip Kelly. "I was wearing my visor the day he was announced as the new head coach," she said, making a reference to Kelly's head gear of choice.
NEWS
March 13, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
TO AT LEAST some Delaware Valley residents, early morning, rush-hour-traffic hassles have looked a lot better since August. Not that things have improved on the Blue Route or I-295, but the snafus have been monitored for Fox 29's morning news and gabfest "Good Day Philadelphia" by Kacie McDonnell. If the buzz is to be believed, she is well on her way to becoming Philly TV's next It Girl. There are plenty of folks - especially those who used to fall under the heading of "red-blooded American males" - who may assume that they get why the 5-foot-4-inch, hazel-eyed, raven-haired Pottsville native is garnering such attention.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Long-simmering tension between the two Philadelphians on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court - Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and Justice Seamus McCaffery - has flared into outright acrimony following the unauthorized disclosure of a report that details widespread ticket-fixing at the city's Traffic Court. McCaffery is enraged over the leaking of the report, which was commissioned by Castille and strongly suggests that McCaffery fixed a ticket given to his wife, numerous sources close to him and Castille say. "The blowback has been ferocious," said one person with direct knowledge of the rift prompted by disclosure of the report.
NEWS
December 30, 2011 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & DANA DiFILIPPO, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
A BRITISH TOURIST who died in search of the perfect body, a pregnant woman and her unborn child who were beaten to death outside traffic court and a KYW traffic reporter slain by a butcher-knife-wielding bicyclist were among the city's more notorious deaths this year. Here's a look back: * Feb. 7: Tovoyia Owens, 21, was killed along with her unborn child when she was beaten to death outside of Philadelphia Traffic Court in broad daylight. Walter Williams, 26, is awaiting trial on third-degree murder charges for the beating, which was allegedly spurred on by an ongoing dispute he had with Owens' boyfriend.
NEWS
June 29, 2010 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Talk about a traffic backup. John Brown , the city's most-listened-to radio traffic reporter, was driving on the Schuylkill Expressway on his way to Metro Traffic last week when he lost all feeling in his leg - the effect of several ruptured disks. Fortunately for his fellow motorists, it was his left leg, said his wife, Donna . Brown, who's had back trouble, drove himself to Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he had surgery. Donna Brown says surgeon James Kenning fittingly described the nerve damage as "six lanes on the expressway merged into one. " Brown hopes to be back on stations such as KYW-AM (1060)
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