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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 was born in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated from Niles East High School, located in Skokie, Illinois. He attended the University of Evansville for two years. He is of Italian and Jewish descent.
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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- New York Post: "NIGHTLY NEWS STOLE HIS NAME ; SOME NEWSCASTERS CHANGE MONIKERS" By Austin Smith October 7, 1999
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- Huff, Richard (November 7, 2007). "Steve Bartelstein Hired by WCBS". Daily News. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- Huff, Richard (March 14, 2007). "WABC Anchor Snoozes and Loses His Job". Daily News. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- Bachman, Katy (November 7, 2007). "WCBS-TV N.Y. Gives Bartelstein Second Chance". Mediaweek. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- Adams, Cindy (September 27, 2007). "TV Newsman Spills and Looks Ahead" Archived 2012-10-21 at the Wayback Machine.. New York Post. Retrieved January 6, 2011
- "Another New Yorker joining CBS 2 anchor lineup" Archived 2012-09-18 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "Over and out: CBS 2 releases morning anchor Bartelstein". Retrieved July 3, 2011.