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WCVB Anchors, Reporters Soaked in ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

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WCVB anchors Ed Harding and Heather Unruh got soaked Wednesday, as a Boston-born “ice bucket challenge” has swept the country in a decidedly chilly effort to raise awareness of ALS:

The challenge has made its way to celebrities; sports stars like former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie, Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand, former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and current New England Patriots wide-receiver Julian Edelman, all daring friends to do it too and keep it going.

Tuesday, Boston police accepted the challenge and asked the Boston Fire Department to keep it going.

NewsCenter 5′s Jorge Quiroga accepted the challenge Tuesday night, and challenged anchors Ed Harding and Heather Unruh to keep it going.

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Phil Lipof Joins WCVB From WABC

phil lipof wcvb_304x200Phil Lipof is joining WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. The Boston native comes from WABC, the ABC O&O in New York City, where he is the weekend morning anchor.

“We’re always on the lookout for strong anchors and reporters with ties to Boston and Phil fits the bill perfectly,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “We envision him taking on an important role on both the anchor desk and in the field with his experience and connection to this city.”

Before joining WABC in 2006, Lipof was a weekend anchor at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston. He began his journalism career as a WCVB intern.

“I’ve moved from Idaho to Miami to New York City for work, but my heart has always been in Boston,” Lipof said. “To come home now, with my family, to my family, is beyond words.  And to come to WCVB, Boston’s news leader, is a dream come true.”

It is not immediately known which newscasts Lipof will anchor. In a press release, WCVB said he “joins Ed Harding, Heather Unruh, Randy Price and Bianca De La Garza as a principal anchor” at the station.

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Boston Stations Live Overnight as Police Search For Marathon Blast Suspect

It was a night of fast-moving developments in Boston, where stations were live overnight with coverage of the manhunt for the second suspect in the marathon bombings.

Some notes from the coverage: WCVB‘s special report, anchored by Heather Unruh and Ed Harding, was simulcast on CNN before Jake Tapper took over the network’s coverage around 1:30amET. WFXT‘s coverage, anchored by Mark Ockerbloom had several reporters spread throughout the city, including Mike Beaudet and Erica Richie. And WBZ got the first interview with the uncle of the suspects, who told the CBS O&O that they “do not deserve to live on this earth.” Watch it here.

Poynter’s Al Tompkins says the overnight coverage is an important reminder of “valuable it is to have experienced journalists on the air who know the city like the backs of their hands”:

I watched a WBZ anchor David Wade, for example, describe street-by-street where police were heading. Say what you want about TV anchors, but here is a guy with years on the street as a reporter and a Massachusetts native.

Boston media are like that. Days like this remind us of why we need journalists who have lived in the market they work in for a long time and who know how to report a story that doesn’t rest.

Boston Stations Deliver Special Coverage of Service For Bombing Victims

Boston stations provided special coverage of an interfaith prayer service honoring the victims of the marathon bombings at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Thursday morning.

All four provided rolling coverage throughout the morning, beginning with the morning newscasts and extending into the 10 a.m. hour. President Obama landed at Logan Airport around 10:15 a.m., about 45 minutes before the scheduled start of the service.

Jonathan Elias and Lisa Hughes anchored on CBS O&O WBZ. Gene Lavanchy and Sorboni Banerjee anchored on WFXT, while Kayna Whitworth and Christa Delcamp anchored on WHDH. Heather Unruh and Ed Harding anchored on ABC affiliate WCVB. All four stations had correspondents spread throughout the city to provide additional reporting from the ground.