Sara Lee Kessler
Sara Lee Kessler (b.1951) is the former anchor for New York City's Channel 9 nightly local broadcast news program in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She was formerly a health reporter for New Jersey Network's nightly half hour NJN News broadcast. Currently, she can be heard as an anchor and reporter on FM News 101.9 in New York.
Working with WWOR-TV
Kessler was hired by WWOR-TV in 1976 as a reporter and became co-anchor of "News at Noon," with anchorman Tom Dunn later that year. She also co-anchored the station's "News 9 PrimeTime," which was an 8 PM newscast, from 1983-1987. When WWOR-TV switched to a 10 PM newscast in late 1987, Kessler became solo anchor of the "News at Noon." She also co-hosted "9 Broadcast Plaza," a 3-hour live daily news/chat program from 1989–1991, joined by future Today Show co-host Matt Lauer. She continued as anchor of "News at Noon" until the newscast was cancelled and then became a weekend news anchor and reporter for "News at Ten." Kessler won an Emmy Award for anchoring WWOR-TV's coverage of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
In 1994, Kessler was fired by WWOR. She subsequently sued the television station for religious discrimination, among other charges. Kessler, who is an Orthodox Jewish woman, claimed that she was forced to work on Saturdays, which is forbidden by the Jewish religion. She was later able to successfully sue the station for $7.3 million.
Kessler was among the first journalists to interview John Lennon when he received a green card after years of fighting U.S. government efforts to deport him.
- via Associated Press. "Anchorwoman receives $7.3 million judgment", The Journal Record, April 8, 1999. Accessed July 4, 2008.
- Markos, Kibret. "Judge sends Bergen County, N.J., contractor to jail.", The Record (Bergen County), October 16, 2004. Accessed May 13, 2007. "Robert Miller and Sara Lee Kessler hired a contractor in July 2002 to renovate their kitchen at their Englewood home."