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He was previously a news anchor in New York City, first at WABC-TV (1999–2007), a flagship station of the ABC television network, WCBS-TV (2007–2009), a flagship station of CBS and later in Chicago, Illinois at WBBM-TV (2010–2011), a television station owned and operated by the television network CBS. 
Early life and education
He began his broadcasting career at age nineteen as a weekend news anchor in Evansville. He worked in Durham, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Indianapolis, Indiana; Charleston, South Carolina; and Portland, Oregon.
On March 14, 2007, the Daily News reported that Bartelstein had been "fired" from WABC-TV after "sleeping through a newsbreak he was to anchor". The Daily News article also reported that WABC-TV had previously suspended him several times for persistent tardiness.
On November 7, 2007, Mediaweek reported that WCBS-TV had announced that it had hired Bartelstein as a weekend news anchor. The station soon began airing promotional announcements featuring him and making reference to an upcoming feature story about his cancer illness.
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