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Boston Stations Cover First Anniversary of Marathon Bombing

Boston stations had expanded local morning newscasts this morning to cover the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

WBZ preempted “CBS This Morning” for special coverage of the anniversary, anchored by David Wade and Paula Ebben from a rooftop. “This morning, on this day of remembrance, we stand on a rooftop overlooking Boylston Street here in the city of Boston to reflect that our city was tested one year ago, the day that we proved to the world that we are indeed Boston Strong,” Wade said. The CBS-owned station had Sera Congi, Bill Shields and Beth Germano reporting from various locations around the city.

ABC affiliate WCVB also aired local programming in place of “Good Morning America.” Bianca de la Garza and Randy Price anchored the station’s coverage from Copley Square, just blocks away from the marathon finish line. Jim Lokay and Antoinette Antonio were live from the marathon’s starting line and Erika Tarantal and Cindy Fitzgibbon were live from Boylston Street.

Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire anchored on Fox-owned WFXT, with Catherine Parrotta reporting live from Copley Square.

NBC affiliate WHDH aired the “Today” show at its normal time, with Christa Delcamp and Kayna Whitworth anchoring cut-ins live from Copley Square.

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On the Move, 3/10/14

Anaridis Rodriguez joins The Weather Channel’s new morning show, “America’s Morning Headquarters,” as news anchor. Rodriguez comes from WWLP in Springfield, Mass.

Will Ripley has joined CNN International as a Tokyo-based correspondent. Previously, Ripley worked as an anchor and reporter at KUSA in Denver.

Lisa Kerney joins ESPN from WCBS in New York City, where she was a sports anchor and reporter.

Simone Boyce joins WNYW in New York City as an entertainment reporter. Boyce previously worked as a film correspondent for Epix. Read more

Erika Tarantal Joins WCVB From WNBC

Erika Tarantal WCVBErika Tarantal is joining WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. She joins the station after six years at WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York, where she anchored the weekend evening newscasts.

“Erika is an exceptional journalist and we are excited that she is making Boston and WCVB her home,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “Her professionalism and ability to connect to her audience will make her a great asset to our NewsCenter 5 team for years to come.”

Tarantal will take over as the station’s noon anchor after Susan Wornick retires at the end of February. She will also play “a significant role” on the morning newscast, according to WCVB.

Before joining WNBC, Tarantal was a reporter at WVIT in Hartford. She has previously worked as  a production assistant at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

WNBC Expands Sunday Evening Newscast

WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York City, has expanded its 11 p.m. newscast to a full hour on Sundays.

The expanded broadcast debuted Sunday. A spokesperson for the station said weekend anchors David Ushery and Erika Tarantal will continue to anchor the newscast.

Contessa Brewer Joins WNBC Anchor Desk

Contessa Brewer, who left her post as MSNBC anchor last year, is appearing on WNBC this weekend.  Brewer is filling in for weekend anchor Erika Tarantal, who gave birth this week.

“For those of our viewers who watch MSNBC, I’m sure you have seen Contessa there, but we’re welcoming her here to WNBC while Erika is taking some time off to enjoy her new baby boy, who was born last Wednesday,” Pat Battle, Tarantal’s regular co-anchor, said at the top of WNBC’s 6:00 a.m. newscast Saturday.

Brewer announced via Twitter that she is anchoring WNBC’s morning and evening newscasts on Saturday.  No word on whether Brewer’s fill-in gig at WNBC will extend beyond one day.

With Snow Storms Rocking New York, Flagship Stations Forgo Network Morning Shows

As snow storms rocked the New York area on Monday morning, stations expanded their local coverage in lieu of the regularly scheduled network morning shows.

WABC powered through the morning with local coverage, forgoing “Good Morning America.”  WABC’s expanded morning newscast featured weather reporting from senior meteorologist Bill Evans and traffic updates from Joe Nolan. Anchors Ken Rosato and Michelle Charlesworth checked in with reporters NJ Burkett and Lisa Colagrossi, who both covered delays on local commuter trains, as well as Jamie Roth, who covered the status of flights at LaGuardia Airport.  At one point, Charlesworth underscored the newscast’s warnings about the dangerous commuting conditions by saying that the WABC morning news team did not commute to work that morning, rather they slept the previous night in a hotel just four blocks away from the studio.


WNBC went with the regularly scheduled “Today” at 7:00 a.m. with Ann Curry and Lester Holt starting off the broadcast with coverage of the blizzard.  By the 8:00 o’clock hour, though, WNBC had switched to full local coverage of the weather.  The special coverage was anchored by Pat Battle and Erika Tarantal. NBC correspondent Peter Alexander provided a traffic report while driving through New Jersey and reporter Deborah Tamborski spoke to those that braved the commute on Long Island. Katy Tur stayed close to WNBC’s 30 Rock studio, reporting on Manhattan traffic conditions near Central Park. Read more