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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Rob Morrison Denies Report of “Comeback” Via Tell-All Book, March 11

2. Jodi Applegate “Lost Sleep for Seven Months” Deciding to Leave WPIX to Have a Baby, March 8

3. Reporter Sean Hennessey Leaves WCBS-TV for Teaching Job in Boston, March 11

4. WSJ. Money Debuts Saturday, March 7

5. Meteorologist Domenica Davis (left) “Surprised How Long [She] Stayed” at WNBC, March 7

6. No Women Among the “Most Powerful” in Sports Media, March 7

7. Exclusive: Don Dahler Leaving Channel 2 for CBS News, March 7

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Longtime WCBS/Channel 2 Reporter Pablo Guzman Sidelined With Blood Clots in Foot

Astute WCBS-TV news viewers have noticed Pablo Guzman is missing. The popular reporter, who joined Channel 2 in 1995, remains on the station’s Web site.

After reaching out to WCBS for a comment, FishbowlNY was pleasantly surprised when Guzman called to explain his M.I.A status.

He’s been suffering from blood clots in the leg, keeping him off the air since June.

“I can’t chase after people in the street,” Guzman tells FishbowlNY exclusively. “I can’t run up and down six flights of stairs. A lot of what we do in the street, I can’t do.”

Guzman’s left foot is double the size of his right foot.  So Guzman is convalescing at home, which is no easy feat for him.

“I have not been out of work since I was 13,” Guzman says.

A two-time New York Emmy Award winner, Guzman misses his colleagues and the ability to communicate a story to viewers. However, that would not have applied to covering one particular tragedy.

“I could not have done that Newtown [story],” Guzman says. “I would have broken up.”

Guzman, 62, says WCBS management is hoping to keep the street-savvy reporter in their future plans.

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Reporter Sean Hennessey Leaves WCBS-TV for Teaching Job in Boston

Three weeks ago, Rob Morrison was forced to resign in disgrace from his morning anchor position at WCBS/Channel 2. Another WCBS on-air talent is leaving West 57th Street but in a totally different situation.

Veteran reporter Sean Hennessey is exiting WCBS for a teaching job in Boston, FishbowlNY has learned. He’s headed to Boston College, which makes sense for the BC graduate. He got his B.A. in English in 1987 at the Chestnut Hill campus, according to his LinkedIn page. Hennessey returned to Boston College in 2001, attending the Wallace Carroll School of Management.

A general assignment reporter, Hennessey joined Channel 2 in March 2007. He’s covered numerous high-profile stories, including the NYPD “Cannibal Cop” trial last week. Prior to arriving in New York, Hennessey worked 11 years for WHDH in Boston.

Update: A WCBS spokesperson has confirmed Hennessey’s last day is Friday and adds, “the WCBS family wishes Sean the best as he starts his new career as an associate editor of news and public affairs at Boston College.”

The spokesperson says Hennessey will likely become an adjunct professor of Media/Journalism on the side.

Stations Converge on Newtown to Cover Solemn Weekend

Yet another mass murder…this time in Newtown, Connecticut. The deranged man opened fire in an elementary school killing 20 youngsters, all shy of their eighth birthday. Seven adults were also gunned down, including the shooter’s mother.

The rampage is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind the Virigina Tech massacre in 2007 where 32 students died.

The weekend was the time for families and friends to cope with the insurmountable loss. President Obama attended last night’s prayer vigil.

Although Newtown is on the outskirts of the New York tri-state area, it’s close enough for stations to easily send reporters to cover the services.

By Saturday, this was anything but a typical story. WNYW/Channel 5 brought in Dari Alexander to co-anchor with Christina Park. Likely unrelated, top meteorologist Nick Gregory was on-duty Saturday night as well.

For the Sunday night vigil, it was WABC/Channel 7 that shined. Bill Ritter anchored for Newtown, while Sade Baderinwa was behind the desk. Ritter struck the perfect balance of reporting the information, while masterfully dealing with the incredibly sad story.

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MSG Network and WNBC Top the Nominees for New York Emmys

With 57 nominations, MSG Network leads the pack at the New York Emmy Awards. WNBC/Channel 4 tops the over-the-air outlets with 50 nods.

A look at some of the nominations for the April 1st gala:

For Best Morning Newscast, the nominees include WNYW/Channel 5′s Good Day New York, WNBC’s Today in New York, WABC/Channel 7, and WPIX/Channel 11, which had 36 nominations overall.

For newscast of 35 minutes or less, Spanish stations WXTV/41 notched four nominations, while Channel 47/WNJU had one. The other nomination goes to WNBC, for the death of Osama bin Laden.

In the longer newscast category, WPIX and WCBS had two nods each. WABC and WNYW also are recognized.

For breaking news, WCBS is nominated for the Yonkers scaffold rescue. WCBS was chosen for coverage of the Brooklyn boy’s murder. WNBC is showcased for Hurricane Irene, while WNYW gets the nod for reporting on a tornado touching down in New York.

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WCBS-TV Scores Big With Mobile2

With the storm cleanup dragging on in New York City, Channel 2 is using their new “Mobile2″ unit to give a unique perspective of the snow-filled roads.

A WCBS reporter drives a mobile van with a camera positioned in the passenger seat. The station says Mobile2 uses state-of-the-art technology. It was first shown to viewers at the height of the storm, giving a look at the whiteout conditions. 

Now, as Mayor Bloomberg is getting criticized for the slow response by the city’s Department of Sanitation, Mobile2 has been there to show the evidence.

Last night, WCBS took it a step further. With reporter Sean Hennessey at the wheel, driving through a blizzard-ravaged Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights, and Flatbush communities, he had a special guest in the backseat–Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.  

If Mobile2 wasn’t already a successful tool, this made it a winner.

As Markowitz ripped the city’s response, he could show firsthand certain side streets that were unplowed as the van moved along.  

It made for a great piece of local news that undoubtedly will influence other channels going forward.