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Former WNYW Reporter Anne Craig Reveals She’s Pregnant

Anne Craig, the bubbly WNYW entertainment reporter who left the station in 2011 for morning news anchoring at the ABC affiliate in Hartford, is ready to deliver her biggest story—she’s pregnant!

But that’s only half the story.

Craig, 38, has gone through a litany of agony that included four failed in-vitro fertilizations, two miscarriages, and a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy that required chemotherapy. Craig was told she would never be able to carry her own child.

“A true miracle that took us by surprise!” A beaming Craig tells FishbowlNY.

She made the announcement on Good Morning Connecticut today. An extremely personal crisis that has become the ultimate Silver Linings Playbook, Craig had to share it with viewers.

“I wanted to be very honest about my journey to pregnancy as I know millions of woman and couples are going through the same emotional battle,” Craig says. ”Infertility is often underreported and Hollywood headlines of pregnancy after 40 makes it all look so easy. I wanted to offer my story as a way to let couples know they are not alone and to keep the faith.”

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Veteran Reporter Dick Brennan Now Appearing on Channel 2

We know all about cost cutting. The broadcast industry isn’t immune to belt tightening when times are tough. But in the last several months, WNYW/Channel 5 dropped several veteran reporters, becoming the proverbially “salary dump.”

Entertainment reporter Anne Craig and Andrea Day were two standout reporters who failed to get contract renewals in 2011. But in March, there was a surprise from the WNYW camp.

The station’s longtime political correspondent, Dick Brennan was sent packing after 11 years.  

Apparently, he didn’t have a non-compete clause as Brennan is now reporting on a per diem basis for WCBS/Channel 2, a station spokesman tells FishbowlNY. He was seen Saturday night doing general assignment work.

It’s a great move by WCBS, adding the Little Neck native and Fordham University graduate. A greater move, though, would be finding a full-time role for the accomplished Brennan.

WNYW’s Julie Chang Handicaps American Idol Finalists

With WNYW/Channel 5 as the New York home to American Idol, membership has its privileges for entertainment reporter Julie Chang. In-season her focus is the “Idol Chatter” during the  10 p.m. newscast with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander. Chang had been handling entertainment fare on Good Day New York until recent personnel changes. Last year, Jill Nicolini was brought on board mornings from WPIX and Anne Craig left the station and the arts beat behind.

Chang just returned from Los Angeles after the Top 13 finalists were unveiled Thursday. She’ll return to the red carpet for the two-night finale in May.

FishbowlNY caught up with the busy, frequent flier for her take on season 11 of Idol, which remains the most popular show each week.

Among the group vying for the title are several singers with ties to the New York area: Elise Testone who grew up in Kinnelon, New Jersey; Jermaine Jones, who hails from Pine Hill, New Jersey; Jeremy Rosato was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, although listed Valrico, Florida as his hometown on the show. Rounding on the local field is Flushing’s Heejun Han.

“In the last ten years, eight of the winners have come from the South,” Chang tells FishbowlNY. “I feel that this year we really have a strong shot at having a winner from the Big Apple.”

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Former WNYW Reporter Anne Craig Gets New Haven Promotion

Anne Craig can go from silly to serious on a drop of a dime. Those attributes will serve her well with a promotion to morning anchor at WTNH in New Haven. Craig, as we reported in September, joined the ABC affiliate as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to be a morning show anchor,” Craig admits to FishbowlNY.

Craig is a co-anchor of Good Morning Connecticut, which runs from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., and on WCTX, the MyTV affiliate, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.  

Good news for Craig’s numerous fans from her eight years at WNYW/Channel 5. The entire three hours are streamed live on wtnh.com.  

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Former WNYW Reporter Anne Craig Named Weekend Anchor in New Haven

Anne Craig, the effervescent entertainment reporter for WNYW/Channel 5, whose contract was not renewed in April, has joined WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut. She’ll be a weekend anchor and weekday reporter.

The versatile Craig spent eight years at Fox’s WNYW where she started as a general assignment reporter.

“I’m excited about this opportunity and honored to join such a solid team at News 8,” Craig tells FishbowlNY. “I’ve long admired the strength of this key market and I’m looking forward to connecting with the community there.”

Craig begins her new TV gig on September 15th.

Our sister site TVSpy has more details, including comments from the WTNH managing editor.

New York Media Reacts to Singer Amy Winehouse’s Death

On Saturday, a talented, albeit troubled singer died.  Amy Winehouse was 27. While the official cause of death hasn’t been determined, it has been widely speculated that she died of a drug overdose or alcohol abuse. As recently as May, Winehouse was back in a rehabilitation facility.   

Her death was tragic to millions of fans worldwide, but unfortunately she was headed on a collision course for an untimely death.

“[I] haven’t played her stuff in awhile due to [a] lack of  hits, but it’s sad once again to see someone with talent get snuffed away by drugs,” Abel Sanchez, DJ at Internet station Pulse 87, tells FishbowlNY.  “Sad to say, I kind of think this was the news we all hoped never to hear but in some way expected it.”

Amazingly, Winehouse joins the infamous group ”27 Club” with Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison who died at the age of 27.

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Lynda Lopez Joins Fox 5/WNYW as Idol Contributor

Lynda Lopez, a veteran of various New York TV and radio stations, is joining Fox 5/WNYW as entertainment contributor for the 10 p.m. newscast. Her primary role, at the start, will be covering American Idol. Ironically, Lopez is the younger sister of Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. Her first report aired last night.

Lynda Lopez previously worked for Fox, first as a weekend anchor for WWOR in 2006. A year later, she moved to Fox 5 and Good Day New York.

As for the 2011 version of Good Day, Julie Chang will provide Idol updates on the Fox 5 morning show anchored by Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly. Chang, along with Lopez, will be at the Idol finale in Los Angeles later this month.

Most recently, Lopez was anchoring on WCBS 880.

Lopez replaces Anne Craig who left the station last month.

Reporter Anne Craig Exits Fox 5 After Eight Years

Anne Craig did her final report for Fox 5/WNYW last night. A Fox 5 spokeswoman tells FishbowlNY that her contract has not been renewed. Moments before her last Fox 5 appearance, Craig tweeted, “Thanks for being loyal viewers for the past 8 years. Stay tuned……”

Craig, who could do hard news and lighter stories with the same ease, had been on the entertainment beat of late. On the evening newscasts, Craig could be counted on for American Idol ”chatter.” The personable Craig would also bring viewers to movie premiere red carpets and Broadway opening nights.  Earlier this month, Craig attended one of the infamous Charlie Sheen live shows at Radio City Music Hall and then reported what she saw.

“Let me say, boring, dismal, terrible, that’s what everybody is saying tonight,” Craig said. 

Craig started at Fox 5 in 2003 as a general assignment reporter and has served as a fill-in anchor for Good Day New York, along with Fox 5′s 5pm and 10pm newscasts.

The spokeswoman says an extensive search is underway for her replacement.