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‘New Lease on Life’: WCVB Anchor Phil Lipof Leaves Hospital After 8 Days

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Phil Lipof, news anchor at Boston ABC station WCVB, has left Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after an eight day stay. “I can’t thank BIDMC health enough,” Lipof said on Twitter. “The best doctors and nurses and staff… Thank you thank you thank you!”

Lipof’s Facebook page has been bombarded with well-wishes from viewers after the anchor explained his absence from the air:

I’ve been in the hospital for 8 days… And I wanted to tell you why. It all happened so fast. I was taking an antibiotic for an infection. My body had what has been described as a severe, rare and toxic reaction to that antibiotic. My fever spiked to 104 and could not be controlled. My blood pressure dropped dangerously low. After all of that was under control… There was minor damage to my kidneys. They my liver showed signs of injury. So we began to watch those levels and they would not come down… Just kept going up! It was very scary for about 48 hours. Sort of changes your perspective on EVERYTHING! I had a lot of time to think about what’s important in life.

Lipof joined WCVB last year from New York’s WABC.

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New Hampshire Home Explodes Live on WCVB

A home explosion in New Hampshire was broadcast live on Boston ABC affiliate WCVB Monday. Although the incident was also covered by CBS-owned WBZ, Fox-owned WFXT and NBC affiliate WHDH, only WCVB was showing the aerial pictures live at the moment of the explosion.

A police officer was shot and killed responding to a domestic dispute call at the residence shortly before the explosion.

Seconds before the explosion, WCVB anchor Phil Lipof says: “Very clearly they have not put water on this home for some reason. I don’t know what they think is inside.” Watch:

WCVB Names J.C. Monahan and Phil Lipof Co-Anchors of 5 p.m. Newscast

JC Monahan and Phil Lipof_304x200J.C. Monahan and Phil Lipof have been named co-anchors of the 5 p.m. newscast at WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston. The pair, who have been anchoring together for several months, are officially assuming their roles on a permanent basis.

“As a team, J.C. and Phil have a great rapport which is essential to establishing a successful and enduring news team,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “Their reporting styles and personalities have resonated very well with our viewers and we are confident that in their new roles, they will continue to retain our ‘news leadership’ position in the market.”

Monahan will continue in her role as co-anchor of “Chronicle,” WCVB’s nightly newsmagazine.

ABC News’ Rob Nelson Joining WABC as Weekend Morning Anchor

rob nelson abcABC News correspondent Rob Nelson is joining WABC, the ABC owned station in New York City, TVSpy has confirmed.

According to a memo from WABC news director Camille Edwards obtained by TVSpy, Nelson will be a weekend morning co-anchor and reporter. He will begin in the new year, replacing Phil Lipof, who is joining WCVB in Boston. News of the move was first reported by FTVLive.

It is a return to local news for Nelson, who joined ABC News from WWL in New Orleans in 2010. He anchored “World News Now,” ABC’s overnight newscast, until earlier this year, when he became a correspondent for all the network’s platforms.

Read Edwards’ full memo after the jump. Read more

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.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

Several Shot Near NYC’s Empire State Building

Shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, a shooting erupted near the Empire State Building in New York City. At least two people are confirmed dead.

WABC was first to report the news at 9:16 a.m. Phil Lipof anchored coverage, aided by traffic reporter Shannon Sohn, who was in the station’s helicopter over the scene.

Mary Calvi first reported the news on WCBS at 9:20 a.m. The station went into continuing coverage around 9:33 a.m., with Dick Brennan reporting live from the scene of the shooting. Read more

On the Move, 3/23/11

Rob Schmitt joins KCBS-KCAL as the weekend anchor and reporter, from WPLG, where he was the weekend anchor and reporter.

Jessica Starr returns home to WJBK-TV in Detroit as the weekend morning meteorologist from WBFF-TV in Baltimore.

Chris Schauble joins the KTLA Morning News as an anchor from anchor-reporter at KNBC.

Abby Eden joins WDAF in Kansas City as a reporter from KETK in Tyler, TX. Read more

WABC News Van Burglarized as Crew Covers Stabbings in Jersey City

A WABC crew covering multiple stabbings in Jersey City became the victims of an attempted burglary.

A station news van was parked outside of the Jersey City Medical Center as reporter Phil Lipof and a photographer covered the story of local man who  had stabbed his wife and four children in a domestic dispute.

According to The Star-Ledger, a man smashed through one of the van’s windows and made off with an armful of electronics.

The WABC crew and several bystanders gave chase.  The thief eventually dropped the stolen items and continued running away.