"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 Feb 9, 2016 in Press Releases, Rich Graziano, WPIX-TV (PIX11) New York | 0 comments

NEW YORK, February 9, 2016—PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship television station is pleased to announce the station was nominated for 51 Emmy® Awards by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. PIX11 earned more nominations than any other local news station in the market including: WCBS, WNBC, WABC, WNYW and WWOR. To date, PIX11 has won over 300 Emmy® Awards.

The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ 59th Annual New York Emmy® Awards honor outstanding achievement in the television industry during the eligibility period of September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015. NY NATAS’ 59th Annual New York Emmy® Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 19 at The Marriott® Marquis  Times Square.

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Empire State Building Run-Up A Success

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Events, Rich Graziano, WPIX-TV (PIX11) New York | 0 comments

A tough, but thrilling run-up the Empire State Building stairs last night.  Fellow media professionals – Rob Powers, Amy Freeze, Kristen Johnson, Audrey Puente and Tom Holland – also participated.  Our own PIX11 News covered the event.

Read the full article on PIX11.com:

Hundreds of runners including PIX11 general manager race up the Empire State Building stairs


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Empire State Building Run-Up

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Events, Rich Graziano, WPIX-TV (PIX11) New York | 0 comments


In support of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, I’m honored to be part of tonight’s Empire State Building Run-Up.

1576 Steps

86 Flights

1 Mission

Catch this interview on PIX11’s Morning News….

Runners speak about inspiring motivations for 2016 Empire State Building Run-Up

For more information on how you can help, please take a moment to click:  http://www.themmrf.org/





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“Mr. G Day” in the Bronx

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Events, Rich Graziano, WPIX-TV (PIX11) New York | 0 comments


Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to Proclaim January 28th “Mr. G Day” in the Bronx


NEW YORK, N.Y.—January 25, 2016– PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, is pleased to announce Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will be proclaiming January 28th “Mr. G Day” in the Bronx. The ceremony will be held at P.S. 65 in the Bronx.


“Simply put, Mr. G is a New York institution. My first-ever television interview was with Mr. G when I was a student at P.S. 31 in the South Bronx, and he and I have been following each other’s careers closely ever since. I am proud to partner with PIX11 and P.S. 65 to honor my good friend Mr. G on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers whose lives he has touched during his broadcast career,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


“The entire school community at PS 65 is excited to have not only our Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., with us, but also thrilled to have Mr. G, a fellow educator who is committed to inspiring young minds in the Bronx,” said PS 65 Principal Jasmine Gonzalez.


Irv Gikofsky, also known as Mr. G, has been delivering forecasts on New York television for over 30 years. New York’s most popular TV weatherman, Mr. G, began his career as a teacher at Albert Einstein Intermediate School in The Bronx.  While a teacher, he created New York City school system’s first computerized weather program for use by children and their teachers. After teaching in public school for a decade, Mr. G was recruited right out of the classroom to become a TV weatherman.  

Said Mr. G, “I’m proud to have spent 10 years teaching in the Bronx.  I gave 27 consecutive graduation speeches at PS 31…Chicago may have Da Bears, but New Yorkers have Da Bronx!”


“Mr. G is a New York icon with over 30 years of accurately forecasting the weather. Throughout his career, which began in the Bronx, Mr. G has consistently been involved in community building, specifically in New York City schools. This honor is richly deserved,” said Rich Graziano, President/GM, PIX11.


Mr. G joined PIX11 News in September 1993 and has won four Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2008, Mike Wallace presented him with the Friar’s Club Life Time Achievement Award. In 2013 Mr. G added hosting duties of “It’s a G Thing” segments which air weekly in PIX11 News and focus on organizations in the local community. 


An ardent supporter of education, Mr. G is very involved in working with students. To date, he has visited over 500 schools, especially lower income districts, where he speaks in classrooms (not just about weather, but motivationally as well).  Every year since its inception, he has participated in New York City’s “Principal For a Day” program, declaring that day “homework and test free” and always gets a standing ovation! Mr. G is a board member for the r baby foundation and works to improve pediatric care in emergency rooms in the Tri-state area.

When his is not forecasting or involved in charitable endeavors, Mr. G can often be seen running in Central Park, and has run in more than 30 New York City Marathons. An avid runner, he has run over 75,000 miles or three and a half times around the planet.





Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Media, 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 PIX11’s award winning news, successful primetime programming, off-network sitcom favorites, public affairs shows and outstanding event coverage have contributed to the station’s success. The station has been honored with numerous awards for excellence including nearly 300 Emmy® Awards (two for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Awards for Outstanding Newscast.) PIX11 also has a long history of local sports coverage and in 2015 became the broadcast home of the New York Yankees. PIX11 is also the broadcast station of the New York Mets, since 1999. In 2014, PIX11 announced a long-term, exclusive content and marketing partnership with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  PIX11 is also home to the New Jersey Lottery drawings. PIX11 engages with audiences across multiple social platforms; find us on Facebook at facebook.com/pix11news, on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope: @pix11news. For more information visit www.pix11.com

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