Steve Bartelstein

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Steve Bartelstein is a former American television journalist.

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.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Evanston, Illinois,[1] and graduated from Niles East High School, located in Skokie, Illinois.[1] He attended the University of Evansville for two years.[1] He is of Italian and Jewish descent.[2]


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;[citation needed] and Portland, Oregon.[3]

Following a period working at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia, he joined WABC-TV in New York City.[4]

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".[5] 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.[6] The station soon began airing promotional announcements featuring him and making reference to an upcoming feature story about his cancer illness.[citation needed]

On September 28, 2007, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams had reported that Bartelstein was being treated for testicular cancer.[7]

On March 18, 2009, WCBS-TV announced that he had left the station. Bartelstein told the Daily News that he was unhappy and felt unappreciated with his job.[citation needed]

On August 12, 2010, it was announced that he would be joining WBBM-TV in Chicago as a morning-news anchor[8] On July 3, 2011, it was announced that he left WBBM after only 10 months.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Staff writer (undated). "Steve Bartelstein" Archived 2010-12-25 at the Wayback Machine.. WBBM-TV. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  2. ^ New York Post: "NIGHTLY NEWS STOLE HIS NAME ; SOME NEWSCASTERS CHANGE MONIKERS" By Austin Smith October 7, 1999
  3. ^ Schulberg, Pete (January 15, 2004). "Heres the latest on the Ex-Files". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  4. ^ Huff, Richard (November 7, 2007). "Steve Bartelstein Hired by WCBS". Daily News. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Huff, Richard (March 14, 2007). "WABC Anchor Snoozes and Loses His Job". Daily News. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  6. ^ Bachman, Katy (November 7, 2007). "WCBS-TV N.Y. Gives Bartelstein Second Chance". Mediaweek. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ "Another New Yorker joining CBS 2 anchor lineup" Archived 2012-09-18 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  9. ^ "Over and out: CBS 2 releases morning anchor Bartelstein". Retrieved July 3, 2011.