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Maureen Green (born June 6, 1957) was a prominent news anchor on WTVH-TV Syracuse from 1982 until 2007. For most of her career she was teamed with Broadcast legend Ron Curtis and the team sat atop the ratings throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Their daily noon news regularly garnered a "50 share", a rare achievement meaning that at any given time, half of the television sets in the Central Region of New York were watching "Ron and Mo". The only Syracuse anchor with a master's degree at the time, Maureen was known for her smarts and her "girl next door" personality. Long time staffers credited Maureen with bringing out the warmth in Ron Curtis, with a powerful chemistry that viewers seemed to enjoy.
Maureen has four children and the audience followed each of her pregnancies, flooding the television station with letters and gifts, many of which were handmade. Once per year Maureen brought her children on camera during the lively New York State Fair remote broadcasts.
Throughout her career Green earned awards for her reporting, as well as more light-hearted accomplishments such as "Best Hair". She is included on the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communication's Wall of Distinction, holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Syracuse Press Club, and several other media distinctions.
From 1995 until 2007 WTVH went through a series of ownership changes and the television station began to feel the strain of a series of new managers. In December 2007, with WTVH newly emerged from bankruptcy protection and in the hands of a hedge fund, Green's position was "eliminated". The end of her tenure with WTVH coincided with the beginning of the Great Recession and the beginning of the end of WTVH. At the time General Manager Les Vann said he was "hopeful" about the future of his newsroom due to a nearly $1 million investment in new equipment.
The optimism was short-lived. With ratings in a free fall, Vann resigned three months later. By March 2009 WTVH dismissed most of its staff, placed the facility on the market for sale and entered into a "shared services agreement" with rival WSTM-TV which currently provides the physical plant and staffing to produce WTVH newscasts. Green became a Guest Columnist and Contributing Writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper before relocating to Massachusetts.
Today Green sells residential real estate with Kinlin Grover Real Estate on Cape Cod and has a lifestyle and real estate website and blog. Maureen's advanced sales techniques using mobile technology were mentioned in an article in The Wall Street Journal in December, 2013. She was awarded Kinlin Grover "Rookie of the Year" and a Sapphire Award 2014 for overall sales volume. Green remains active in social media and volunteers her time to various causes.
- Northeast Radio Watch, Scott Fybush, December 24, 2007
- WTVH Ends News Operation, Michelle Breidenbach, Syracuse Post-Standard, March 03, 2009
- Syracuse's Channel 5 shuts down its newsroom, Michelle Breidenbach, Syracuse Post-Standard, March 02, 2009
Picking a Home Over the Phone, Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2013