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|New York, New York|
|Branding||CBS 2 HD (general)
CBS 2 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
2.2 CBS New York Plus
|Translators||22 (UHF) Plainview, New York|
(CBS Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||July 1, 1941|
|Call letters' meaning||W Columbia Broadcasting System
(former legal name of CBS)
|Sister station(s)||WCBS, WCBS-FM, WFAN, WFAN-FM, WINS, WLNY-TV, WNOW-FM, WWFS|
|Former callsigns||W2XAB (1931-1941)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1941-2009)
56 (UHF, 1999-2009)
|Transmitter power||349 kW|
|Height||397 m (1,302 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WCBS-TV, channel 2, is the flagship station of the CBS television network, located in New York City. The station's studios are located within the CBS Broadcast Center and its transmitter is at the top of the Empire State Building, both in midtown Manhattan. It is one-half of a television duopoly with Long Island-licensed independent station WLNY-TV (channel 55).
In the few areas of the eastern United States where a CBS station is not receivable over-the-air, WCBS is available on satellite via DirecTV (which also provides coverage of the station to Latin American countries and through major U.S. air carriers on JetBlue's LiveTV inflight entertainment system) and Dish Network (which carries the station as part of All American Direct's distant network package).
|This section requires expansion with: more information on the station from the 1950s to the present day. (February 2011)|
Early years 
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WCBS-TV's history dates back to CBS' opening of experimental station W2XAB on July 21, 1931, using the mechanical television system that had been more-or-less perfected in the late 1920s. Its initial broadcast featured New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, Kate Smith, and George Gershwin. The station boasted the first regular seven-day broadcasting schedule in American television, broadcasting 28 hours a week.
Announcer-director Bill Schudt was the station's only paid employee; all other talent was volunteer. W2XAB pioneered program development including small-scale dramatic acts, monologues, pantomime, and the use of projection slides to simulate sets. Engineer Bill Lodge devised the first synchronized sound wave for a television station in 1932, enabling W2XAB to broadcast picture and sound on a single shortwave channel instead of the two previously needed. On November 8, 1932, W2XAB broadcast the first television coverage of presidential election returns. The station suspended operations on February 20, 1933, as monochrome television transmission standards were in flux, and in the process of changing from a mechanical to an all-electronic system. W2XAB returned with an all-electronic system in 1939 from a new studio complex in Grand Central Station and a transmitter atop the Chrysler Building. W2XAB transmitted the first color broadcast in the United States on August 28, 1940.
On June 24, 1941, W2XAB received a commercial construction permit and program authorization as WCBW. The station went on the air at 2:30 p.m. on July 1, an hour after rival WNBT (formerly W2XBS and now WNBC-TV), making it the second authorized fully commercial television station in the United States. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued permits to CBS and NBC at the same time and intended WNBT and WCBW to sign on simultaneously on July 1 so no one station could claim to be the "first". WCBW's initial broadcast was the first local newscast aired on a commercial station in the country. Its assigned frequency was 60-66 MHz, now known as channel 3 but then referred to as Channel 2 in the old 1940-46 alignment of the VHF band.
Program schedules were irregular through the summer and early fall of 1941. Regular daily operations began on October 29 and WCBW received a full license to cover its construction permit and commercial program authorization on March 10, 1942. After the war, the FCC re-allocated the television and FM bands. WCBW closed down its operation on the old channel 2 at the end of February 1946 (the 60-66 mHz band had been re-allocated to WPTZ in Philadelphia) in order to move to a new channel 2 at 54-60 MHz. It quickly began operation on the new frequency, where it remained from the spring of 1946 until the end of analog full power television service in the late spring of 2009.
The call letters were changed to WCBS-TV on November 1, 1946, after the FCC allowed TV stations owned by radio stations in the same city to use the same call letters as the radio station with the suffix -TV—it is the only station in the CBS-owned television station to have been built from the ground up by the network.
On August 11, 1951, WCBS-TV broadcast the first baseball game on color television, between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves from Ebbets Field. As were all color programs at the time, it was transmitted via a field-sequential color system developed by CBS. Signals transmitted this way could not be seen on existing black-and-white sets. The CBS color system was scrapped after the FCC embraced the alternative RCA all-electronic dot sequential system, which was fully compatible with the existing monochrome television standard, late in 1953. However, CBS telecast few programs in color, either locally or on the network, until the mid-1960s when color receivers began to grow in popularity.
In May 1997, the station adopted the CBS 2 name along with sister stations KCBS-TV in Los Angeles and WBBM-TV in Chicago, while retaining a unique and distinctive logo. The practice of CBS-owned stations placing the network identity ahead of their local identity would end up being known as the "Viacom Mandate" (later the "CBS Mandate").
WCBS-TV and WXTV were the only major New York City television stations to stay on the air during the September 11, 2001, attacks. Unlike its competitors, channel 2 had long maintained a full-powered backup transmitter at the Empire State Building after moving its main transmitter to the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1975. The station was also simulcast nationally on Viacom (which at the time owned CBS) cable network VH1 that day. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, WCBS-TV was briefly the only full-coverage over-the-air television service operating in New York City, although the station lent transmission time to other stations who had lost their transmitters until they found suitable backup equipment and locations. The backup transmitter had been put into operation once before, when the World Trade Center bombing of February 26, 1993 knocked most of the area's stations off the air for a week.
Digital television 
Digital channels 
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Content|
|WCBS-TV||Main WCBS-TV/CBS scheduling|
|CBSNY+||24-hour local news|
Digital subchannel 2.2, branded as CBS New York Plus, was launched in November 2011 as a 24-hour news channel drawing upon the resources of WCBS-TV, WCBS radio (880 AM), WINS (1010 AM), and WFAN-AM-FM (660 AM and 101.9 FM). Similar channels will eventually be rolled out to CBS' other owned-and-operated stations.
Analog-to-digital conversion 
On June 12, 2009, at 2 p.m., WCBS-TV discontinued regular analog programming on channel 2. The station moved its digital broadcasts to channel 33, due to its pre-transition digital channel 56 being out of the core digital channel allotment. PSIP is used to display WCBS-TV's virtual channel as 2. WCBS-TV was one of two stations in New York City that participated in the "Analog Nightlight" program, and did so until the early morning hours of July 13, 2009, possibly making it the last full power NTSC broadcast television station in the United States to discontinue analog transmissions.
WCBS-TV currently has a construction permit for a digital fill-in translator on channel 22 in Plainview, Long Island, which will serve portions of eastern and central Long Island where WCBS-TV's signal is affected by the presence of WFSB, a CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut which also broadcasts on channel 33.
Cable and satellite carriage 
|Cablevision||Comcast||DirecTV||Dish Network||RCN||Service Electric||Time Warner Cable||Verizon FiOS|
|2 / 702||2 / *802 *902 Mercer County, NJ||2 / 380‡ / 390‡||2 / 243† / 8101†||2 / 602||2 / 502||2 / 702||2 / 502|
- ‡ - Available to DirecTV subscribers in portions of the eastern United States who are unable to receive CBS programming from a local affiliate.
- † - Available to qualified Dish Network subscribers through My Distant Network's distant network package.
News operation 
Upon becoming commercial station WCBW in 1941, the station broadcast two daily news programs, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays, anchored by Richard Hubbell. Most of the newscasts featured Hubbell reading a script with only occasional cutaways to a map or still photograph. When Pearl Harbor was bombed on Sunday, December 7, 1941, WCBW (which was usually off the air on Sunday to give the engineers a day off), took to the air at 8:45 PM with an extensive special report. The national emergency even broke down the unspoken wall between CBS radio and television. WCBW executives convinced radio announcers and experts such as George Fielding Elliot and Linton Wells to come down to Grand Central during the evening and give information and commentary on the attack. The WCBW special report that night lasted less than ninety minutes. But that special broadcast pushed the limits of live television in 1941 and opened up new possibilities for future broadcasts. As CBS wrote in a special report to the FCC, the unscheduled live news broadcast on December 7th “was unquestionably the most stimulating challenge and marked the greatest advance of any single problem faced up to that time.” Additional newscasts were scheduled in the early days of the war. In May 1942, WCBW (like almost all television stations) sharply cut back its live program schedule and the newscasts were canceled, since the station temporarily suspended studio operations, resorting exclusively to the occasional broadcast of films. This was primarily due to the fact that much of the staff had either joined the service or were redeployed to war related technical research, and to prolong the life of the early, unstable cameras which were now impossible to repair due to the wartime lack of parts. In May, 1944, as the war began to turn in favor of the Allies, WCBW reopened the studios and the newscasts returned, briefly anchored by Ned Calmer, and then by Everett Holles. After the war, expanded news programs appeared on the WCBW schedule -- renamed WCBS-TV in 1946 -- first anchored by Milo Boulton, and later by Douglas Edwards. On May 3, 1948, Douglas Edwards began anchoring "CBS Television News", a regular 15-minute nightly newscast on the rudimentary CBS Television Network, including WCBS-TV. It aired every weeknight at 7:30 PM, and was the first regularly scheduled, network television news program featuring an anchor (The nightly Lowell Thomas NBC radio network newscast was simulcast on television locally on NBC's WNBT (now WNBC) for a time in the early 1940s and the previously mentioned Richard Hubbell, Ned Calmer, Everett Holles and Milo Boulton on WCBW in the early and mid-1940s, but these were local television broadcasts seen only in New York City). The NBC Television Network's offering at the time "NBC Television Newsreel" (premiered February 1948) was simply film with voice narration. In 1950, the name of the nightly news was changed to Douglas Edwards with the News, and the following year, it became the first news program to be broadcast on both coasts, thanks to a new coaxial cable connection, prompting Edwards to use the greeting "Good evening everyone, coast to coast." The broadcast was renamed The CBS Evening News when Walter Cronkite replaced Edwards in 1962. Edwards remained with CBS News with various daytime television newscasts and radio news broadcasts until his retirement on April 1, 1988.
In the 1950s through the mid-1960s, WCBS-TV's local newscasts were anchored by CBS News correspondent Robert Trout. In 1965, Trout left for a new assignment in Europe and was succeeded by Jim Jensen. Jensen had only come to WCBS-TV a year earlier (he previously was at WBZ-TV Boston), but was already well known for his coverage of Robert F. Kennedy's 1964 campaign for the United States Senate. During the 1960s, WCBS-TV battled WNBC-TV (channel 4) for the top-rated news department in New York. After WABC-TV (channel 7) introduced Eyewitness News in the late 1960s, WCBS-TV went back and forth in first place with Channel 7. This rivalry continued through the 1970s. For much of the early 1980s, New York's "Big Three" stations took turns in the top spot. During this time, three of the longest-tenured anchor teams in New York—Jensen and Rolland Smith, WABC-TV's Roger Grimsby and Bill Beutel, and WNBC-TV's Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons—went head-to-head with each other.
WCBS-TV had many well-known personalities during this era: anchors Dave Marash, Rolland Smith, Michele Marsh and Vic Miles; meteorologists Dr. Frank Field and John Coleman; reporters Meredith Vieira, Randall Pinkston, Tony Guida, John Stossel and Arnold Diaz and sportscaster Warner Wolf. Vieira, Pinkston and Guida later moved to the CBS network. Vieira later moved to NBC where she co-hosted the early morning Today show until leaving and being replaced with Ann Curry.
In 1987, WABC-TV surged to first place. As the 1990s began, Channel 2 found itself increasingly losing its ratings share to WNBC. One of management's more controversial responses was to take Jensen off the anchor desk in late 1994 and demote him to host of a Sunday morning public-affairs show, Sunday Edition. He also hosted a few episodes of the regular "Sports Update" show on Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m. At the time, Jensen had served as an anchor longer than anyone in New York television history (he has since been passed by WABC-TV's Beutel and WNBC's Scarborough). The move was roundly criticized by many in New York, especially since WCBS-TV had supported him after he went into drug rehabilitation in 1988. Another controversy involved an exchange between Jensen and co-anchor Bree Walker, whose fingers and toes are fused together (the condition is known as ectrodactyly). After Walker did a report about her experience with the condition, Jensen asked Walker, on the air, if her parents would have aborted her had they known she would have been born with the condition. Walker kept her composure on air but soon left the station ().
The incident took place shortly before Jensen's entry to drug rehabiliation. Station management came under more fire in 1995 when Jensen was forced to retire shortly after the Westinghouse Electric Corporation announced it was buying CBS. By the end of 1995, Channel 2 had crashed into last place for the first time in its history while WNBC surged to a strong second place – a pecking order that would remain in place for more than a decade.
1996 "massacre" 
On October 2, 1996, the station executed an unprecedented mass firing without any advance warning, citing the need to shake up its news operation. Seven people were fired: anchors John Johnson, Michele Marsh and Tony Guida; sports anchor Bernie Smilovitz; and reporters Reggie Harris, Roseanne Colletti, and Magee Hickey. The firings came after the 6 p.m. newscast. Johnson and Marsh had anchored the 5 p.m. newscasts and signed off at 6 p.m. saying, "We'll see you at 11," but never got a chance to say goodbye on the air.
"The massacre," as it has come to be known, was part of a move to boost ratings, although it came at a time when CBS was under pressure to boost revenues, having just merged with Westinghouse. It was also part of a major reconstruction of the newscast, culminating in the May 1997 rebranding to News 2.
From News 2 to CBS2 News (2000-present) 
In 2000, Joel Cheatwood, creator of the 7 News format at WSVN in Miami, came in as news director. At his suggestion, the news department rebranded itself from News 2 to the CBS 2 Information Network, using "content partners" such as U.S. News & World Report and VH1. He also gave the newscasts more of a tabloid feel. While considerably watered down compared to Fox flagship WNYW and to Cheatwood's work at WSVN—and even compared to WSVN's sister station, WHDH-TV in Boston -- it was much flashier than had previously been seen on New York's "Big Three" affiliates. He also retooled the 11pm report as a "gritty, down-to-earth" style newscast, termed Nightcast. At this point, the station was sharing studio space with CBS Sports (having previously shared street-side studios with CBS' then-morning newscast, The Early Show, as a part of its short-lived attempt at a newscast at 4pm, which they had previously attempted in the early 1990s). It didn't work, and Cheatwood was gone by 2002 in favor of New York veteran news director Dianne Doctor. The station became simply CBS 2, and gradually phased out the tabloid elements. In its place, Doctor introduced a "news for the people" approach similar to that of her previous employer, WNBC.
After Doctor's arrival, WCBS placed a revived emphasis on hard news, while attempting to revive some elements of its glory days. For instance, in 2003 Arnold Diaz rejoined the station to revive "Shame on You", an Emmy Award-winning series of investigative segments. He had previously worked at the station from 1973 to 1995, leaving to serve a similar investigative role at ABC News. In December 2005, Diaz once again departed, this time leaving for WNYW. Another segment was "Eat at Your Own Risk", which highlighted unsafe conditions at New York-area restaurants. Ironically, the cafeteria at the CBS Broadcast Center was cited for violations by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Violations included the presence of rats and roaches, as well as food temperature issues.
Despite this and other attempts at fixes, the ratings did not significantly improve under Doctor's watch. Doctor was criticized for airing "Shame on You" and "Eat at Your Own Risk" segments ahead of major stories. She also came under fire when channel 2 led its 11 p.m. newscast of May 24, 2005, with a story and exclusive video of actor Burt Reynolds slapping a CBS producer, while rivals WABC-TV and WNBC-TV led with an important vote in the U.S. House on stem cell research.
On May 27, 2004, Doctor fired popular sports anchor Warner Wolf, three months before his contract expired, without giving Wolf a chance to say goodbye on air. This incident was widely panned by several newspapers, including the New York Daily News, and the move alienated and angered many viewers. Wolf was replaced by the much younger Chris Wragge, who was brought in from NBC affiliate KPRC-TV in Houston. On June 1, 2005, Jim Rosenfield rejoined the station to anchor the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Roz Abrams, who joined channel 2 the previous year after an 18-year run at WABC-TV. The son of a former CBS executive, Rosenfield previously worked at the station from 1998 to 2000 before moving to WNBC (to anchor Live at Five) after a contract dispute with channel 2. Rosenfield replaced Ernie Anastos, who moved to WNYW in July 2000.
On August 22, 2005, WCBS-TV launched its new Doppler weather radar named "Live Doppler 2 Million". It has one million watts of power, and is live, compared to other dopplers in the market which are delayed by about 15 minutes. "Live Doppler 2 Million" was the punch line of a joke on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and was ridiculed on the popular Opie and Anthony radio show. The station renamed the radar in 2006 to "Live Doppler". The station also uses the VIPIR radar processing software. Coincidentally, transportation reporter Arthur Chi'en was fired from the station three months earlier after mistakenly using expletives live on the air in response to someone from Opie and Anthony disrupting his live report as part of their "Assault on the Media" contest.
On April 14, 2006, Dianne Doctor left WCBS-TV. The station decided to move its news department in a new direction under new general manager Peter Dunn, who axed "Shame on You" and "Eat at Your Own Risk". Doctor reportedly did not agree with the new plans, and opted to leave. The station has since overhauled its graphics and anchor lineup, winning praise from media observers. Like other CBS-owned stations, WCBS-TV offers a web only newscast called "CBS 2 at Your Desk", available weekdays at 9 a.m. Also, available are streamlined news casts of the noon, 5 and 6 p.m, and the 11 p.m. newscasts. There is also a "LoHud Report" edition of "At Your Desk", operated by WCBS-TV and LoHud.com, the website for The Journal News, a Gannett Company-owned newspaper covering the lower Hudson Valley. The Journal News has a partnership with the station where WCBS-TV uses their offices for their Westchester Bureau, and The Journal News gets a 30-second promotion during the 6 p.m. newscast for the next day's top story.
Partnership with The Weather Channel; ratings improvement 
In early September 2006, WCBS-TV's weather department entered into a partnership with The Weather Channel, with meteorologists from the cable service often appearing on-air with existing WCBS-TV meteorologists. WCBS-TV also receives information from the Weather Channel in addition to using their radars and satellite imagery. The Weather Channel checked in with WCBS for New York's weather on its "Evening Edition" program with one of the WCBS meteorologist, and CBS 2 said before every forecast "Now time for your exclusive forecast from CBS 2 and the Weather Channel." On July 7, 2008, this partnership officially ended when it was announced that The Weather Channel had been sold to competitor NBC Universal.
Personnel change 
On November 6, 2006, WCBS-TV made a personnel change on its noon and 5 p.m. newscasts. Former sports director and anchor Chris Wragge became co-anchor of both aforementioned programs, along with newly-hired Kristine Johnson. Wragge and Johnson replaced Roz Abrams and Mary Calvi on those shows; Abrams' contract was allowed to lapse, and Calvi was reassigned to weekends as the sole evening anchor. Calvi co-anchors on mornings with Rob Morrison. More changes came in early 2007, as John Elliot was introduced as the new morning and noon meteorologist, replacing Audrey Puente, whose abrupt breach-of-contract demotion led to her being allowed to become the new chief meteorologist at WWOR-TV less than two weeks later. WCBS-TV also hired Lonnie Quinn, previously a weatherman in Miami, as they phased out John Bolaris, who had rejoined WCBS in 2002. On June 25, 2007, anchors Chris Wragge and Kristine Johnson were promoted as the station's new 5 and 11 p.m. anchors, trading places with Dana Tyler and Jim Rosenfield on the noon program; Tyler and Rosenfield continued to co-anchor the 6 p.m. newscast. Rosenfield left WCBS in May 2008 and was replaced with recently hired weekend anchor Don Dahler.
Improvement in ratings, new set 
In the February 2007 ratings period, WCBS-TV finished second behind WABC-TV from sign-on to sign-off — its best showing in 16 years, although most of its newscasts still finished in third place at that time. By the November 2007 sweeps period, channel 2's local evening newscasts had overtaken WNBC for second place (mainly due to declining ratings at WNBC). It was channel 2's best news performance in twelve years, but it still trailed WABC-TV by a fairly wide margin. On April 11, 2007, WCBS-TV began broadcasting their newscasts in high-definition, becoming the third New York City television station to do so.
In May 2008, WCBS led WNBC by an even wider margin. However, its longtime #1 noon newscast's ratings fell behind WABC, the only other station to offer a noon newscast in the New York area. WCBS has been unable to regain the lead at noon since, although they are still second in New York in the evening broadcasts.
WCBS elected to change the noon anchors again after approximately a year and put the noon broadcast in the hands of the morning news team; the then-current anchors were Maurice DuBois and Mary Calvi with John Elliott providing weather forecasts. DuBois has since switched to anchoring the weeknight 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Johnson (with Wragge moving to The Early Show; he later returned to anchor WCBS's 6 p.m. weekday broadcast with Dana Tyler), while Calvi is now partnered with former weekend anchor Rob Morrison weekday mornings and noon.
WCBS-TV cooperates with sister station KYW-TV in Philadelphia in the production and broadcast of statewide New Jersey political debates. When the two stations broadcast a statewide office debate, such as for Governor or United States Senate, they will pool resources and have anchors or reporters from both stations participate in the debate. Additionally, the two stations cooperate in the gathering of news in New Jersey where their markets overlap; sharing reporters, live trucks and helicopters.
WCBS-TV today 
In the February 2011 Nielsen sweeps period, WCBS-TV's 11 p.m. newscast unseated WABC-TV's 11 p.m. newscast for first place in total households. WABC continued to lead in the key demographics at 11 p.m.. On October 20, 2011, WCBS-TV debuted a new set on their noon newscast. The final day in their former set, which was used for 10 years, was on September 29 and moved into a temporary set after the final newscast. The final newscast used in the temporary set was the October 20, 2011 broadcast of CBS 2 News: This Morning. The new set features a clean, modern new look includes a projection screen which changes the background for each newscast (morning, noon and night) behind the anchors with blurred glass panels on both sides and the weather center includes additional blurring panels, plenty of monitors, an L-shaped desk and dimensional letter along the top of the set.
In the October 2011 Nielsen sweeps period, WCBS-TV lost its lead at 11 p.m. after WABC-TV regained its status as #1 at 11 p.m.. WABC-TV has since kept its #1 status at 11p.m.. On December 12, 2011, CBS Television Stations announced its intent to purchase Riverhead, Long Island-licensed WLNY-TV (Channel 55), creating a duopoly with WCBS-TV. Terms of the purchase were originally not made public, though an FCC application for the purchase later revealed that CBS was purchasing WLNY for $55 million. The company announced that it would add additional on-air staff and expand WLNY's local news programming outside the current 11 p.m. newscast. The FCC approved the sale on January 31, 2012, and CBS took control of the station on March 30, 2012. WLNY suspended is own news operations the previous day and began airing WCBS-TV produced newscasts on July 2, 2012.
Newscast titles 
- News of the Night (1950s)
- The Six O'Clock Report/The Eleven O'Clock Report (1960–1964)
- Channel 2 News (1964–1996)
- WCBS-TV News (alternate branding, 1967–1972)
- Channel 2 News: Six O'Clock Report/Eleven O'Clock Report (Update) (1976–1982)
- 2 News (1996–1997)
- News 2 (1997–October 29, 2000)
- The News on the CBS 2 Information Network (October 30, 2000-April 2001)
- Nightcast (January 2-August 26, 2001)
- CBS 2 News (April 2001–present)
News team 
- Weekday Anchors
- Mary Calvi - weekday mornings on CBS 2 News This Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Maurice DuBois - weeknights at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Kristine Johnson - weeknights at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Dana Tyler - weeknights at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. (WLNY-TV); also host of Eye on New York
- Chris Wragge - weekday mornings on CBS 2 News This Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Weekend Anchors
- Cindy Hsu - weekend mornings on CBS 2 News This Morning (Saturdays, 6:00-7:00a.m. & 9:00-10:00a.m.; Sundays, 6:00-6:30a.m. & 7:00-9:00 a.m.) Also weekend evenings at 6:30 and 11:00
- Dick Brennan - weekend mornings on CBS 2 News This Morning (Saturdays, 6:00-7:00a.m. & 9:00-10:00a.m.; Sundays, 6:00-6:30a.m. & 7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Weather team
- Lonnie Quinn - lead weather anchor; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 (WLNY-TV) and 11:00 p.m., also weathercaster for CBS This Morning: Saturday
- John Elliott - weather anchor; weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon; also co-host of WLNY-TV's LIVE from the Couch" weekdays from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
- Elise Finch (member, AMS) - weather anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 6:30 and weekends at 11:00 p.m.; also weekday general assignment reporter and fill-in weather anchor
- Vanessa Murdock (member, AMS and NWA) - meteorologist; weekend mornings on CBS 2 News This Morning (Saturdays, 6:00-7:00a.m. & 9:00-10:00a.m.; Sundays, 6:00-6:30a.m. & 7:00-9:00 a.m.); also weekday reporter
- Sports team
- Otis Livingston - sports director; weeknights at 6:00, 9:00 (WLNY-TV) and 11:00 p.m.
- Steve Overmyer - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 6:30 and weekends at 11:00 p.m.; also weeknight fill-in sports anchor
- Lisa Kerney - sports anchor; weekday mornings on CBS 2 News This Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also co-hosts "LIVE From the Couch", weekdays from 7:00-9:00 a.m. (WLNY-TV)
- Alex Denis - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 on WCBS and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WLNY-TV); also daytime entertainment reporter and fill-in anchor
- CBS MoneyWatch
- Alexis Christoforous - business reporter; weekdays at noon and weeknights at 5:00 p.m.
- Ashley Morrison - business reporter; weekday mornings on CBS 2 News This Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Asa Aarons - consumer reporter
- Tony Aiello - Westchester County reporter
- Ana Berry - freelance reporter
- Dick Brennan - freelance reporter
- Amy Dardashtian - freelance reporter
- Kathryn Brown - general assignment reporter
- Dave Carlin - general assignment reporter
- Derricke Dennis - general assignment reporter
- Manuel Gallegus - freelance reporter
- Dr. Max Gomez - medical reporter
- Carolyn Gusoff - Long Island reporter
- Pablo Guzmán - general assignment reporter
- Sean Hennessey - general assignment reporter
- Weijia Jiang - general assignment reporter
- Marcia Kramer - chief political reporter
- Katie McGee - evening entertainment reporter
- Jennifer McLogan - Long Island reporter
- Mark Morgan - freelance reporter
- Scott Rapoport - general assignment reporter
- Hazel Sanchez - general assignment reporter
- Jessica Schneider - freelance reporter
- Rachel Stockman - freelance reporter
- John Slattery - general assignment reporter
- Emily Smith - general assignment reporter
- Christine Sloan - New Jersey reporter
- Sree Sreenivasan - technology reporter; seen Wednesdays on CBS 2 News This Morning
- Tony Tantillo - food and produce feature reporter
- Lou Young - general assignment reporter
- Chopper 2 HD reporters
- Joe Biermann
- Reggie Harrison
- Jim Smith
Notable alumni 
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- Roz Abrams
- Al Albert
- Steve Albert
- Craig Allen (now at WCBS 880 and WPIX)
- Morry Alter (retired from journalism
- Ernie Anastos (now at WNYW)
- Tiki Barber
- Steve Bartelstein
- Pat Battle (now at WNBC)
- Bruce Beck (now at WNBC)
- Len Berman (retired from WNBC)
- John Bolaris
- Jim Bouton
- Richard Brown (retired from journalism)
- Maureen Bunyan (now with WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.)
- Duke Castiglione (now at WNYW & WWOR-TV)
- Ti-Hua Chang (now at WNYW & WWOR-TV)
- Julie Chen (now with CBS Television)
- Linda Church (now at WPIX)
- John Coleman (now at KUSI)
- Penny Crone (retired)
- Chet Curtis (now at NECN)
- Vince DeMentri (now with WICS in Springfield and Decatur, Illinois)
- Arnold Diaz (now at WNYW)
- Diane Dimond
- John Discepolo (now main news anchor at WPEC)
- Tom Dunn (deceased)
- Douglas Edwards (deceased)
- Linda Ellerbee (now host of Nickelodeon's Nick News)
- Tamsen Fadal (now at WPIX)
- Dr. Frank Field (retired)
- Ira Joe Fisher
- Jack Ford (now chief legal analyst of CBS News)
- Emily Frances
- Shon Gables (now with WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth)
- Leeza Gibbons
- Frank Gifford (retired)
- Megan Glaros (now at WBBM-TV)
- Leslie Goodman
- Tony Guida (now with WCBS 880 (radio) and CBS News)
- Brett Haber
- Magee Hickey (now at WPIX)
- Carol Iovanna
- Jim Jensen† (deceased)
- John Johnson (retired from journalism)
- Sara Lee Kessler
- Andrew Kirtzman
- Sukanya Krishnan (now at WPIX)
- Reid Lamberty (now at WHDH-TV)
- Brett Larson
- Pia Lindström (retired)
- Steve Levy
- Lynda Lopez
- Josh Mankiewicz
- Dave Marash
- Sal Marchiano (retired)
- Michele Marsh
- Jim McKay† (deceased)
- Vic Miles† (deceased)
- Rob Morrison
- Paul Moyer (retired from journalism)
- Mary Murphy (now at WPIX)
- Bill O'Reilly (now with Fox News Channel)
- Ralph Penza† (deceased)
- Michael Pomeranz (now at KARE)
- Dave Price
- Audrey Puente (now at WWOR & WNYW)
- Brigitte Quinn
- John Roberts (now at FOX News Channel)
- Carol Reed (deceased)
- Ducis Rodgers (last at ESPN; now with WPVI-TV in Philadelphia)
- Jim Rosenfield (now at WRC-TV)
- Jim Ryan
- John Schriffen (now at ABC News)
- Joel Siegel† (deceased)
- Dave Sims
- Rolland Smith
- Andrea Stassou
- John Stossel (now with Fox News Channel)
- Amy Stone
- Kate Sullivan (now with WBBM-TV)
- Mike Taibbi (now with NBC News)
- John Tesh (now host of Syndicated Radio's The John Tesh Music Show)
- Robert Trout (deceased)
- Earl Ubell† (deceased)
- Jane Velez-Mitchell (now with HLN)
- Meredith Vieira (now with NBC News)
- Bree Walker
- Robb Weller
- Brian Williams (now anchor/managing editor, NBC Nightly News)
- Joe Witte
- Warner Wolf (retired)
- Bob Young
See also 
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- http://www.earlytelevision.org/w2xab.html W2XAB/CBS-TV History
- http://www.novia.net/~ereitan/CBS_Chronology_rev_h_edit.htm CBS Color TV timeline
- Huff, Richard (October 18, 2011). "WCBS tries to bridge news and information-gathering power of local channels and sports media". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- "CDBS Print". Licensing.fcc.gov. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
- "MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER". Federal Communications Commission. May 22, 1996.
- http://newsinfo.iu.edu/pub/libs/images/usr/7533_h.jpg Everett Holles 1944 WCBW Newscast
- "The Origins Of Television News In America" by Mike Conway. Chapter: "The Birth of CBS-TV News: Columbia's Ambitious Experiment at the Advent of U.S. Commercial Television". (Peter Lang Publishing, New York NY).
- Sandomir, Richard (1996-10-03). "At WCBS-TV, a Big Round Of News Staff Dismissals". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- Restaurant Inspection Information: NYC DOHMH
- WCBS's New Set.
- CBS paying $55 Million for WLNY
- WLNY to end regular newscasts March 29th as part of merger with WCBS
- WCBS Channel 2 News Open 1982
- WCBS 1997 11PM Open
- WCBS: CBS2 News at 11 Open (2010-Present)
- CBS 2HD
- "John Coleman bio". KUSI-TV. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Linda Ellerbee - Television Journalist". Paley Center for Media. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Carol Iovanna's LinkedIn profile". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "About Rolland G. Smith". Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- CBSNewYork.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WCBS-TV
- Aerial view of WCBS-TV studios from Google Local
- WCBS-TV logos and screenshots from 1950s to the present day