Alex Silverman

headshot silverman Alex SilvermanI grew up in the New York area in awe of the big voices and the world-class sound of WCBS Newsradio. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I was probably 10 or 12 when I decided I wanted to be one of those voices. I felt like I knew the men and women behind them. So when people ask (and they always do) “why radio?,” the answer is simple: It’s personal. One-on-one. Whether it’s the weather or the most urgent news bulletin, there’s only one way to do it: Hit the sounder, open the mic and tell a story.

My start in radio came at Syracuse University, where I became general manager of WJPZ, the best college station anywhere, on whose Board of Directors I still serve. I landed my first professional broadcasting job as a wildly under-qualified college junior, reporting in the evenings and anchoring weekends at the local news station, WSYR. A year later, I became the weekday morning anchor and spent my last days of college as the senior class’ earliest riser by a good four hours.

I spent a year in the northwest as a reporter and anchor at Seattle’s KIRO-FM, where I won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage before getting the offer of a lifetime: the chance to work alongside the faces and voices I grew up admiring.

It is an honor to cover the news on the greatest radio station in the greatest city in the world every day. From Occupy Wall Street to Hurricane Sandy to the 2013 race for mayor to the East Harlem explosion, it’s been an unparalleled privilege to get to know so many New Yorkers, to visit so many neighborhoods that I otherwise might never see, and to share those experiences with our audience. I cover all sorts of stories, but I especially love any chance to explore the history of our amazing city.

In addition to my reports, which air around the clock, I usually anchor the news on Saturday and Sunday mornings, so join me then, and be sure to send along any story ideas, follow me on Twitter and check out some of my favorite stories on Soundcloud.

Excerpt from a letter at The Blue Donkey on the Upper West Side - New York, NY - Aug 9, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Blue Donkey Bar Gives Up Fight, Shuts Down After One Man’s Complaints

In the words of one Upper West Side bar owner, “the quickest way to end the war is to lose.”


New York City Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz talks about debt settlement companies - New York, NY - Aug 9, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

NYC Consumer Affairs Cracks Down On Unscrupulous Debt Settlement Companies

New York City Consumer Affairs commissioner Jonathan Mintz has subpoenaed fifteen debt settlement companies.


Bronx New School - Bronx, NY - Aug 8, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Lease Renewal At Bronx New School Leads To Discovery Of Toxic Chemical TCE

When the school’s lease came up for renewal, the Department of Education had to test for toxic chemicals and what they found confirmed some parents’ fears.


Roller Coaster Ride On The Dow Ends As Index Closes Up 61 Points

Wall Street was not for the faint of heart Friday. The breathtaking peaks and valleys of the day came to an end with the Dow closing up 61 points.


Hector Canonge holds an English class at the Magic Touch Laundromat in Inwood - New York, NY - Aug 2, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Inwood Laundromat Becomes English Classroom

Local artist Hector Canonge decided to teach free English classes at the Magic Touch Laundromat twice a week for a month.


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Justin Gignac Turns New York City Trash Into Art

For the past ten years, artist Justin Gignac has been packaging and selling plain old city trash to collectors around the world.


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‘BeenVerified’ Co-Founder Discusses Relaunch Of Controversial Background Check App

When two guys from Marlboro, New Jersey launched BeenVerified, a million people suddenly knew a lot more going into that blind date or Craigslist purchase.


MTA Budget Cuts Means Old Subway Cars Staying In Service

The retirement age for the oldest cars in the system was supposed to be 40, but thanks to MTA budget cuts, new cars aren’t coming until 2017 when the old R-32s will be 53-years-old.


John Lahutsky, Andrei Sullivan, and Joe Girardi in Central Park - New York, NY - Jul 29, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

New York Yankees HOPE Week Reunites Childhood Orphan Friends Over A Decade Later

At 18-months-old John Lahutsky was declared incurable with cerebral palsy and didn’t see the outside of a Russian orphanage for years.


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Patients Check In At NYU Hospital With Hand Scan

New technology is helping hospitals get information about their patients without a single piece of paper.



New Website Is Interactive Video Map Of New York City

What if you could see what’s happening and what’s happened, on any block in the city? That’s what is trying to make that happen.


Eva van Dok Pinkley's donated breast milk - Brooklyn, NY - Jul 28, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Brooklyn Cancer Survivor Receives Donations Of Breast Milk For Her Baby

Two months after undergoing a double-mastectomy, Eva van Dok Pinkley, 40, got pregnant. However, the procedure that saved her life has now left her unable to nurse her 3-week-old son Oliver.


The Empire State Building is seen from West 34th Street - New York, NY - May 10, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

Yankees Bring Smiles To Children Of Haiti’s Earthquake During HOPE Week

The New York Yankees may have lost to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, but some kids from Haiti who lost just about everything were big winners as HOPE Week continued.


New York City Taxi (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

What Happens When A Complaint Is Filed With The Taxi And Limousine Commission?

The Taxi and Limousine Commission’s Conan Freud says only 11 percent of rider complaints end up in hearings, mostly because those who complain don’t follow up on the case.


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New QR Codes Emulate ‘Hobo Symbols’ Of The Past

Technology is bringing a new life to a tradition that is over 100-years-old.




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