"I see tremendous opportunity to lead WPIX to excellence, through hard work, innovation, and by creating value for our viewers and advertising partners."

Rich J. Graziano, President & General Manager of WPIX-TV


Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Rich Graziano | 0 comments

NEW YORK, April 22, 2014—PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station has been awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in the category of News Series for the region. PIX11 News reporter Mario Diaz’s multi-part series, “Shop and Frisk,” focused on racial profiling in the private sector.

RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971; the awards recognize the best journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

In 2013, 19-year-old college student Trayon Christian, actor Rob Brown, musician Jay-Z and the NYPD all crossed paths with two iconic department stores in New York City. The cases ultimately became the foundation of what is now known as “Shop and Frisk” – the targeting of minority shoppers inside of Barneys and Macy’s in Manhattan in coordination with the NYPD.

Over a series of weeks, as the story unfolded, PIX11 News continued its investigation and data mined, with no other media outlet organization or reporter doing as much gumshoe reporting and uncovering various angles on the topic of “Shop and Frisk” as PIX11 News and reporter Mario Diaz along with photographers Paul Rosenberg, Victor Lopez, Sashi Sharma, Bill Mueller and editor Nick De Vita.

“Through Mario’s relentless and thorough investigative reporting, PIX11 News was able to not only cover a story, but be the first to present new facts on an issue that has a serious impact in our community and beyond.” said Rich Graziano, PIX11 President/GM. “We are extremely proud of Mario and the team of journalists behind the scenes at PIX11 News that have earned this prestigious award.”

“It takes a village to do this kind of investigative reporting. Working with Mario was an exemplary group of videographers and editors. We are proud of their collective work and are humbled by this recognition,” said Mark Effron, PIX11 VP/News Director.

Mario Diaz’s “Shop and Frisk” series can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBP6T8nsbUM

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Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Rich Graziano | 0 comments

“Play Ball” to Air Before PIX11’s First Home Game Broadcast of 2014 Season
Hosted by Scott Stanford, Andy Adler and Dwight “Doc” Gooden

April 15, 2014 – New York, NY—On Saturday, April 19th, PIX11 will air “Play Ball,” a Mets pre-game special in advance of the 7:10pm New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves game. Hosted by PIX11’s Scott Stanford and Andy Adler, along with Dwight “Doc” Gooden , “Play Ball” will air at 6:30 pm, live from Citi Field prior to the PIX11 broadcast of the game at 7:10pm. This game will be PIX11’s first home game broadcast of the season. Former Mets player Art Shamsky and ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin will also be providing commentary during the pre-game special.

This year marks the 15th consecutive New York Mets baseball season on PIX11, with PIX11 airing 29 regular season broadcasts of Mets games in HD, with 19 games in primetime.

“The PIX11 team of Andy, Scott and Doc have joined forces with the Mets to serve loyal fans exclusive behind the scenes content to celebrate our first home game broadcast against the Braves and kick off this season’s broadcast partnership with SNY and the New York Mets ” said Rich Graziano, President/GM, PIX11.”

To date, PIX11 has won three Emmy Awards for live sports coverage of the Mets. For a complete schedule, coverage and photos visit www.pix11.com

About PIX11
Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of the Tribune Company, WPIX-TV (PIX11) has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In 2006, PIX11 became the flagship station of the CW Television Network, and its successful primetime programming, award winning news, extensive library of hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcom favorites, quality children’s programming and public affairs shows, as well as outstanding event coverage, have contributed to the station’s success. PIX11 has earned over 260 Emmy® Awards including two for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Awards for Outstanding Newscast. The station has been honored with numerous other awards for excellence in reporting, news coverage, public affairs, specials and features. In addition, PIX11 has been the broadcast home of the New York Mets since 1999. For more information, visit www.pix11.com

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Mets & PIX11 Host 8th Annual Weather Education Day At Citi Field – April 24

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Press Releases, WPIX-TV (PIX11) New York | 0 comments

PIX11 Weather Experts Mr. G and Linda Church to Provide Meteorology Lesson for 8,000 Tri-State Area Students Prior to Mets-Cardinals Game
Tickets Are Available at Mets.com/Education
FLUSHING, N.Y., April 14, 2014 – The New York Mets and PIX11 will host the eighth annual “Weather Education Day” on Thursday, April 24 at Citi Field for 8,000 students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut prior to the Mets playing the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Mets.com/Education.
Students will be treated to a pre-game meteorology lesson starting at 11:00 a.m. by PIX11 weather experts Mr. G and Linda Church, who will engage them in an interactive program about weather patterns and phenomenon. They will discuss some of the extreme weather we have experienced in recent months and take students behind the scenes at the PIX11 weather center.
Mr. Met and the Pepsi Party Patrol will also be on hand to entertain students and fire t-shirts into the crowd. At the conclusion of program, the students will stay at the ballpark to watch the game.
As part of “Weather Education Day,” Linda Church will also be delivering the forecast for “PIX11 Morning News” from Citi Field beginning at 6:00 a.m.
For more information contact:
Danielle Sessa Parillo
Senior Director, Community Outreach & Communications New York Mets
(718) 565-4354
Jessica Bellucci
Director, Communications PIX11
(212) 210-2626 jbellucci@tribune.com

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PIX11 News Names Chuck Carter Managing Editor

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Press Releases, Rich Graziano, WPIX-TV (PIX11) New York | 0 comments

NEW YORK, N.Y.—April 14, 2014– PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate, has named Chuck Carter Managing Editor, PIX11 News. Carter was most recently Assistant News Director at Tribune’s WTIC FOX 61 in Hartford, CT. A native of East Harlem, he joins PIX11 on April 28 and will report to Mark Effron, PIX11 Vice President/News Director.

As Managing Editor, Carter will be responsible for overseeing the station’s news coverage, Assignment Desk and all specialty units.

Prior to his role at WTIC, Carter served as the Assistant News Director/Executive Producer for WRNN-TV/Verizon FiOS One News in New York, Assistant News Director for KRIV-TV in Houston, TX, News Director for the Tribune owned WPHL in Philadelphia, PA, and the Executive Producer/Special Projects Producer for WJXX in Jacksonville, FL.

“Chuck is a seasoned broadcast news executive with a proven record of delivering ratings growth. I’m thrilled he is joining our team as we continue to develop PIX11 News,” said Mark Effron, PIX11 VP/News Director.

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