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Levon Putney

levon Levon PutneySince words can’t begin to describe how excited I am to work for WCBS 880, I may as well begin with a little about myself. After all…it is a bio!

First, yes…my parents named me after Elton John’s ’70s hit, so go ahead and sing a verse if you cross my path…I love it. I’m originally from 3rd Ward in Houston, Texas (and still a proud Houstonian…especially with sports), but prior to WCBS I lived for six years in the great city of Cleveland, where I was a Reporter for WTAM 1100. While there, the Associated Press gave me a few awards–including one for covering a story where I watched over 27-hundred people strip nude for a photo shoot. Yeah. That’s probably why I wear glasses…

Before Cleveland, I spent a year and a half at WENY in Elmira, New York and eight months making minimum wage at a country station in Columbia, Missouri. I now think “The Gambler” is one of the greatest songs ever. My career actually got started at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I graduated in 1996 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. I learned a heck of a lot. The book lessons came in handy, too.

These days, I call Jersey City, NJ home, and the Garden State is my beat. This means I want to know what’s up with every issue, group and area around New Jersey.

I still can’t think of any mind-blowing, descriptive phrases to note how happy I am to be a News Reporter for WCBS 880 in New York. By the way, I love NYC. So maybe the best I can say is, “I feel right at home.”

A devasted area is seen prior to the sixth month anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and massive tsunami on September 10, 2011 in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

NJ Couple To Hold 5K Run To Raise Money For Japan Quake, Tsunami Victims

A north Jersey couple with ties to Japan have put together a benefit 5K run on Sunday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City to raise money to help Japan’s recovery efforts.

10/29/2011

FILE - A power crew repairs a transformer (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Residents Voice Complaints To Power Companies On Handling Of Post-Irene Outages In NJ

Residents and town leaders met with power companies Thursday night in Scotch Plains.

10/21/2011

Tyler Clementi (credit: Handout), Dharun Ravi (credit: Julio Cortez/AP)

Dharun Ravi Rejects Plea Deal In Rutgers Spycam Case; February Trial Date Set

Ravi faces 15 charges, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy, for the September 2010 incident. Those charges could land Ravi in prison for 10 years, if convicted.

10/20/2011

Jersey City, NJ (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy Aganist Natural Gas Pipeline

A natural gas pipeline bound for Manhattan is planned to go under parts of Hudson County and both supporters and opponents got to voice their opinions at a meeting in Jersey City on Wednesday night.

10/20/2011

NJ TRANSIT Ticket Machine (credit: CBS 2)

Commuters Can Use Smartphones To Buy Tickets After NJ TRANSIT Partners With Google Wallet

Instead of digging cash out of your wallet to buy train or bus tickets NJ TRANSIT commuters will now be able to use their smartphones to just tap and pay.

10/19/2011

Toll enforcement sign on the Garden State Parkway (credit; New Jersey Turnpike Authority)

Cameras To Catch Garden State Parkway Toll Cheats Starting Monday

Motorists who use the exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway better make sure they’re carrying coins starting Monday. Cameras will be activated at all 84 exact-change lanes to catch toll cheats.

10/14/2011

Alexander Higgins, left, of Brick N.J., and Justin Phillips, of Cranford, N.J., work at their computers at a table across from the Statehouse as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement - Trenton, NJ - Oct 14, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Occupy Wall Street Protesters In Trenton Told To Remove Tents

Participants aligned with the Occupy Wall Street protest have removed their tents from New Jersey’s World War II Memorial in Trenton after police told them they could not keep any “permanent structures” at the site.

10/14/2011

St. Philip's Academy - Newark, NJ (file / credit: St. Philip's Academy)

Donations Help Newark St. Philip’s Academy Pay Off Mortgage

Head of school Miguel Brito says they got several anonymous gifts totaling $22 million, paying off the mortgage.

10/14/2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (file / credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Christie Returns To New Jersey Touting Property Tax Savings

On Wednesday Christie was in Paramus – a key campaign district for Republicans – to meet with retirees to talk about their property taxes.

10/13/2011

Flooding at the superfund site caused by Hurricane Irene. (credit: epa.gov)

Cleanup Resumes At American Cyanamid Superfund Site In Bridgewater

According to EPA spokesperson Bonnie Bellow, about 200 million gallons of water flooded the property and electricity was “totally knocked out” by the storms.

10/07/2011

P.S. 9 - Passaic, NJ (file / credit: Passaic City Schools)

Counseling Helps Young Storm Victims At Passaic School

P.S. 9 took in over 200 children from Paterson and other neighboring towns whose schools were flooded out after last month’s storms. The new students need help fitting in.

10/07/2011

The stage for the Korean Harvest Festival under construction at Overpeck Park - Ridgefield, NJ - Oct 6, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

New York Korean Festival Taking Place In New Jersey This Weekend

Organizers say problems obtaining permits forced them to move New York’s annual Korean harvest festival to New Jersey.

10/06/2011

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NJ Assemblyman Wants NJTV’s Contract Scrapped

A New Jersey assemblyman is calling on the governor to scrap NJTV after what he calls an “unacceptable” lack of coverage of Gov. Chris Christie’s news conference on Tuesday.

10/05/2011

(file photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite Heavy Rain, Flooding, Plenty Of Pumpkins To Go Around In New Jersey

Even with the flooding some farms have had this year, many are ready for the upcoming pumpkin season.

10/02/2011

Classroom (credit: CBS 2)

Report: New Jersey Bad About Providing Free Breakfast For Eligible Students

The Garden State ranks 46th in the country when it comes to states taking part in the school breakfast program.

09/30/2011

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