|Born||September 7, 1949
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Notable credit(s)||anchor, WCBS/Channel 2 (2004-06)
anchor, WABC/Channel 7 (1986-2003)
anchor, CNN (1982-1983)
Roz Abrams (born September 7, 1949) is an American television news journalist. She had a long career as an anchor on Eyewitness News, which was broadcast by WABC-TV, working in Manhattan. More recently she worked for WCBS-TV, also in Manhattan, from 2004-06.
Early life and education
Abrams holds a bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan University, a masters degree from the University of Michigan and an honorary doctorate of human letters from New York Institute of Technology.
Abrams received a New York Association of Black Journalists Award for the special "The Sounds of Harlem." She has been part of award-winning coverage for some of the biggest stories of our time, including 9/11, the Blackout of 2003, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and AIDS. She worked at WSB-AM radio from 1975-78. She worked on television at WXIA-TV from 1978–82, at CNN from 1982 to 1983, and at KRON-TV from 1983-86.
In December 2003, Abrams was named to the Editorial Advisory Board of “Making Waves,” the new quarterly publication of American women in radio and television. She is the current co-chair of NY READS TOGETHER a program sponsored by the New York Women's Agenda.
WABC-TV and WCBS-TV
Before joining WCBS-TV in 2004, Abrams had spent eighteen years at WABC-TV, beginning in February 1986, first as a general reporter and later as 5 p.m. co-anchor. The quick move began Abrams's long association with the station. Her last partner at WABC-TV was Diana Williams, beginning in 2003. In 2003, she was offered a contract by WCBS-TV to anchor CBS 2 News at 5 and 11.
Abrams then joined WCBS-TV as the co-anchor of "CBS2 News" at 5 and 11 p.m. on April 19, 2004. First she was paired with veteran New York news anchor Ernie Anastos, who had co-anchored WABC Eyewitness News with her in the 1980s, and then with Jim Rosenfield. In April 2006, she was moved from 11 p.m. to noon, co-anchoring with Mary Calvi. Abrams was replaced at 11 p.m. with veteran Dana Tyler. In November 2006, however, Abrams left the air after WCBS-TV sports anchor Chris Wragge and newly hired Kristine Johnson (formerly of NBC News and MSNBC) became the anchors at 5 and 11 p.m. According to the New York Post, Ms. Abrams was last reported as "currently sitting out her contract - and collecting what's believed to be roughly $6 million that's due to her."
In popular culture
- In 2005, Abrams appeared as herself during a brief news segment in the feature film War of the Worlds, an adaptation of H. G. Wells novel of the same name, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise.