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Alex Silverman

Alex SilvermanAt least once a week, I’m asked why I decided to get into radio. Don’t I want to be on TV? Here’s the simple answer: radio news is storytelling reduced to its basest elements. It doesn’t have to be flashy, but it does have to be clear, concise, and personal. When it comes down to it, it’s still just “hit the sounder, open the mic, and tell the world.” That’s what I love.

I was twelve years old when I decided I wanted to work at WCBS 880. As a kid growing up in Bridgewater, New Jersey, I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me it would actually happen.

As a junior at Syracuse University in 2008, I got my first professional radio job as a weekend anchor and reporter at the local news/talk station, WSYR. The following spring, I was named morning drive anchor, and spent the year as my senior class’s earliest riser.

After graduation in 2010, I moved west to become a reporter and anchor at Seattle’s KIRO-FM, where I won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage.

While a year on the other coast was in many ways enlightening, it wasn’t home. In April 2011, I joined the country’s premier radio news team here at WCBS 880. It is an honor and an unparalleled privilege to spend each and every day working alongside the names, voices, and personalities I grew up admiring.

I usually anchor the news Saturday and Sunday afternoons; otherwise I’m out on the streets tracking down what’s happening.

Have a story idea? Email me at, and follow me on Twitter @AlexSilverman.

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.


A trader looks up at a monitor while working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)

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.


Garbage Cube (credit: Justin Gignac)

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.


BeenVerified iPhone App (credit: BeenVerified)

‘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.


Commuters enter a subway train in New York City (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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.


QR Code (credit: Free Art & Technology)

New QR Codes Emulate ‘Hobo Symbols’ Of The Past

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


Cars are seen parked on 10th Avenue - New York, NY - Jul 20, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

New App Will Let You Buy Or Sell A Parking Space In NYC

We’ve all been there, late for an appointment and desparetely circling the streets of Manhattan hunting for a parking space.


Water flows from a bathroom tap. (Photo Illustration by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

NYC Water Lead Levels Back To Normal, Says DEP

Farrell Sklerov with the Department of Environmental Protection says there were some troubling test results last year, a small uptick in lead levels in homes with older pipes.