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NY Press Club Award Winners Announced

The 2014 New York Press Club Award winners have been announced, with Steven Brill taking home the most prestigious honor — the Gold Keyboard. Brill won for his Time piece “Bitter Pill: Why Our Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony June 9 at the Water Club.

As for organizations, The Wall Street Journal has bragging rights. It won the most awards with nine. Bloomberg News (which included Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, WBBR and Bloomberg Television) was the runner-up with eight awards. Time came in third with six.

Below is the full list of winners. Congrats to all.

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A New Pope Elected; WPIX Breaks In for Special Report

The bulletin that the world has been waiting for is here! White smoke pouring from the Sistine Chapel chimney and Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina has been named the new pope. While all the local stations in New York broke in with network coverage shortly after 2 p.m. (although WNYW was delayed in picking up Fox News Channel’s feed), it was truly a New York experience on WPIX.

Channel 11 did their own reporting with Mary Murphy and Dan Mannarino at The Vatican. Tamsen Fadal anchored from the PIX studios.

Fadal spoke on the phone with several experts and theologians.

There was a live glitch with one of those interviews, Maureen Tilley of Fordham University, when the call dropped and dial tone was heard. They reestablished the line a few minutes later.

Murphy and Mannarino also found people in the Rome crowd. The duo under umbrellas talked to a New Yorker draped in an American flag who has Cardinal Dolan on his wish list.

Waiting for the new pope to emerge, WPIX added a live report from Ann Mercogliano, stationed at Dolan’s “home,” St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

As Pope Benedict Leaves the Vatican, WPIX Provides Live Coverage

All the channels broke in this morning for extended coverage of Pope Benedict’s farewell. However, the stations were all taking network special reports. Not so at WPIX/Channel 11.

WPIX, which could have provided the “counterprogramming” by keeping Jerry Springer on the air, made a good choice. Channel 11, recognizing the historic nature of the pope’s resignation (first time is almost 600 years), had its own coverage.

Morning anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera led the special programming. They were joined on the couch by reporters Mary Murphy and Dan Mannarino, both of whom are headed to Rome for the Conclave of Cardinals next week to select the next pope.

Krishnan did make a faux pas as they came on the air just before 11 a.m. She said the pope was set to leave the Vatican at 5 p.m. Italian time and “11 p.m. our time.”  Seconds later, the graphic on the screen made the correction.

Rivera also had hands in the blooper jar by saying, “Certainly, a monumentous day here. Historical day, unprecendented.”

Adding insight to the proceedings was Monsignor Kieran Harrington of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Reporters to Converge on Vatican City for Election of New Pope

Pope Benedict made the unprecedented decision to retire. It’s the first time since 1415 that a pope has resigned. It’s a busy time at the Vatican. Benedict will make his final appearance was pope Thursday, before the conclave of cardinals pick his successor.

With the even the slightest hint that New York’s own Cardinal Dolan, dare we say it, could become the next pope, starions are flocking to wait for the puff of smoke.

Among the stations sending correspondents is WCBS/Channel 2 as reporter Tony Aiello spends the rest of week Rome.

WNBC/Channel 4 will send anchor David Ushery, who previously covered the pope, returns to the Vatican for the Conclave of Cardinals that is expected to start next week.

WABC/Channel 7 weekend anchor Joe Torres will be in Rome. The station could not confirm, though, when he will begin to file reports.

On radio, veteran reporter Rich Lamb will make his way to Rome early next week for the Conclave.

WINS is sending Juliet Papa to cover the events at the Sistine Chapel. News director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY, “She has traveled to Rome to cover the Pope on several other occasions for us, so she is well prepared and will bring listeners a very experienced perspective.”

Update: WPIX is sending to reporters Dan Mannarino and Mary Murphy, according to a tweet by Mannarino.

NY1 reporter Vivian Lee is headed to Rome. She’ll cover the papal resignation Thursday. Lee will resume daily updates Sunday as the cardinals hold their Conclave to select the next pope.

 

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Banished by Blizzard: WPIX Reporter Dan Mannarino Misses Live Shots Due to Snowed-In Truck

A view from Mannarino’s disabled truck

It’s a worst case scenario for a reporter covering a blizzard–not having the ability to go live. However, snowstorms make difficult “partners.” WPIX newsman Dan Mannarino was all set for for his Saturday morning coverage until the accompanying live truck got snowed in.

Mannarino and the truck operator left New York City Friday night, taking four and a half hours to reach their destination in Suffolk County, which was expected to feel the brunt of the storm in our area. They arrived during the overnight hours in Commack, Exit 53 of the Long Island Expressway.

Related: FishbowlNY, Wragge Shines Through Blizzard in WCBS’ Mobile 2

WPIX began its blizzard “programming” at 7 a.m. with Mannarino planning to show viewers the unplowed highway. However, Mannarino and the truck operator split up to catch a few hours of sleep. The reporter went to a nearby hotel, while the driver stayed at his house a mile away. It turned out to be a serious error in judgment.

“In the morning he went to leave,” Mannarino tells FishbowlNY. “Taking the truck over to me, he drove two blocks and the truck got stuck on the side of the road.”

With two feet of snow and no plows in sights, the WPIX truck had no way of reaching Mannarino, meaning the live reporting would be scrapped.

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New York Outlets Poised to Cover Second Obama Inauguration

2009 swearing in for President Obama (with First Lady Michelle).

While the historic magnitude of 2009 is not present this time, everyone still likes a good inauguration. As is dictated by the Constitution, President Obama will take the Oath of Office on January 20th to officially start his second term. But since it falls on Sunday, the White House will hold the traditional pomp and circumstance Monday. Coverage will be found on many New York stations.

1010 WINS will use the resources of its network personnel, while also having a reporter available from D.C.’s All-News WNEW-FM.

WCBS 880 will have a presence at the nation’s capital—Marla Diamond. Her reports start this weekend. Additionally, WCBS will carry the Oath, the president’s address, and ceremony live Monday.

Tracking Hurricane Sandy; Kaity Tong, David Ushery Shine

Forced to evacuated, I had plenty of time to monitor television coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

You probably woke up this morning to stations locked in ”wall-to-wall” mode, but that was not the case last night. Unlike last year’s Hurricane Irene (when I was holed up in a hotel), Sandy did not lead to an all-nighter by the area stations.

Here is how they took to the air this time.

Kaity Tong was a calming presence, anchoring a two-hour edition of the News at Ten on WPIX.  As was the case with Irene, WPIX’s coverage did not include Jodi Applegate.

Tong, as a solo anchor, was given an assist by reporter Dan Mannarino, who handled some phone interviews and other information for viewers. WPIX double-teamed the audience with veteran experience from Mr. G and Craig Allen.  WPIX was the only game in town until 11 p.m., as WNYW/Channel 5 was televising the final game of the World Series.

While the storm moved closer to New York, the other channels opted for prime-time network scheduling. At 11 p.m., WCBS/Channel 2 anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson, first appearing at halftime of the New York Jets game, led the station’s one-hour special Sandy newscast. Thereafter, WCBS kept a crawl on the screen until the morning team resumed coverage at 4 a.m.

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Veteran Reporter Magee Hickey to Run First NYC Marathon in Memory of Mom

Hickey prepares for her first NYC Marathon

“She would love that I’m doing this in her memory to raise money for other people, because her life was always about doing for other people.”

With those words, WPIX/Channel 11 reporter Magee Hickey is preparing to run her first New York City Marathon. She formed a Channel 11 team to run on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Hickey’s mother Jean died of colon cancer five years ago.

While the New York native takes pride in exploring news experiences, a 26.2 mile jaunt across the five boroughs definitely goes to a different level.

“They stress your first marathon is not about speed, because if you run too quickly in the beginning then you’ll have nothing left for the back half of it,” Hickey tells FishbowlNY. “A lot of people get injured. Lots of people are limping and never run again.”

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Village Halloween Parade is Back on WPIX

The ghouls, goblins and world famous costumes will be on display as WPIX/Channel 11 is the home of the Village Halloween Parade October 31.

PIX Morning News anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Tamsen Fadal host the event, which runs along 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. Greg Mocker and Dan Mannarino work the parade from street level.

Ricki Lake, who returned to daytime TV with a new syndicated show airing on WPIX, guest hosts.

The Village Halloween Parade, now its 39th year, first aired on Channel 11 in 2010.  The city’s only night time parade features an audience of over 2 million spectators with 60,000 costumed marchers, hundreds Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets. In addition, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world, stilt walkers, jugglers, and break dancers will participate.

The Halloween night “treat” runs from 7:30 to 10.

Stations Travel to Rome for Archbishop Dolan’s Elevation Next Week

He’s been on the job for less than three years, but next weekend New York’s Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, enjoys the biggest moment of his ecumenical career.

Last month, Dolan was chosen by the Vatican to become a Cardinal. His elevation is scheduled for Saturday, February 18 in Rome.

Dolan won’t be making the trip alone. A contingent of TV and radio reporters is headed to Italy to cover the elevation.

  • WCBS/Channel 2: Anchor Maurice DuBois and reporter Tony Aiello will be in Rome starting at mid-week. Aiello files reports on Wednesday, while DuBois begins on Thurs. Channel 2 covers the elevation ceremony live at 4:30 a.m.
  • WNBC/Channel 4: Weekend anchor David Ushery leaves for Rome on Sunday to take part in the station’s coverage next week.

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