It was a tumultous time from day one for Cathie Black as the New York City Schools Chancellor. Today, after brief rumbling of rumors, Mayor Bloomberg took to the City Hall podium to announce Black was out after just three months on the job. He called it a mutual decision between the two, and appointed Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott as chancellor.
The city stations were there to carry the breaking news just after 11:35 a.m. WCBS-TV, WNBC, WNYW, and WABC broke into regular coverage. WPIX was noticably absent from the proceedings.
WNBC, with David Ushery, stayed on for an additional 12 minutes, using their reporters (Melissa Russo and John Noel on the phone) and in-studio guest Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor in chief of New York Amsterdam News.