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‘Change is Good’ for Veteran Reporter Jay Dow, Starting at WPIX Next Week

Jay Dow is about make a major career change. As we reported Monday, Dow is headed for WPIX, where the two-time Emmy Award winner will handle an array of hard news stories for the Tribune owned station, starting Monday.

His arrival at Channel 11 follows more than nine years as a WCBS/Channel 2 reporter.

“I grew up in the CBS family,” Dow tells FishbowlNY. “It was a great experience.”

Beyond that, it was a connection to his late uncle, Harold Dow, a longtime CBS News correspondent. Dow died in 2010.

“The Dow name has put in five decades of hard work at CBS,” Dow reflects.

Dow says he got where he is today, in part, from the elder Dow’s mentoring and the “trail that he blazed for myself and an entire of generation of journalists of color.”

Furthermore, Dow credits veteran WCBS reporters Pablo Guzman and John Slattery, and Byron Pitts and Randall Pinkston on the network side as influences.

“Because of all of these people, and the time that I’ve spent with them, I’m a better journalist for it,” Dow admits.  

However, Dow says despite the ties to the Tiffany Network, it was time to move on.

“Change is good,” Dow says. “It was time for the next chapter.”

Not easy for Dow is ending the working relationship with many photographers and editors over the years.

“It was difficult saying, not good bye, but ‘until the next time,’” Dow says.

Now moving onto the next phase of his journey, Dow is impressed with WPIX’s commitment to news.    

Bill Carey has really impressed me with what he wants to do,” Dow says. “He’s appreciative of what I can do for the station, which is tell a story objectively, fairly and try to just spin a yarn.”

Since Carey was hired as news director in 2009, he’s made wholesale changes in the on-air staff, most notably—Jodi Applegate displaced veterans Kaity Tong and Jim Watkins at 10 p.m. Mornings have been revamped with Frances Rivera alongside PIX staple Sukanya Krishnan.

Carey has also put together one of the best team of reporters in the city.  

“He’s got a great product and I’m excited about joining his team,” Dow says.

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