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.”

Flood damage in Wayne, NJ (credit: CBS 2)

Many NJ Residents Still Dealing With Flood Damage

New Jersey homeowners are slowly recovering from flooding that devastated much of the state, but in most cases the damage is already done.

09/28/2011

Middle Schooler Jared Rodriguez greets Gov. Chris Christie at Roy W. Brown Middle School - Bergenfield, NJ - Sep 14, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie Takes Education Reform Push To Bergenfield, Touts New Teacher Data System

According to Gov. Chris Christie, the biggest problem in education in New Jersey is comfort.

09/14/2011

Memorial Middle School - Woodland Park, NJ - Sep 13, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Woodland Park Middle School Still Cleaning Up From Flooding

A chalkboard and other classroom materials damaged by the recent flooding are being tossed into large trash bins outside Memorial Middle School.

09/13/2011

Oysters (file/credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NJ DEP Gives OK To Baykeeper Oyster Project In Raritan Bay

State officials said Monday that the NY/NJ Baykeeper can go ahead with plans to establish an oyster colony at a protected pier at the Earle Naval Weapons Station in Monmouth County.

09/13/2011

Maxim Healthcare Systems Logo

Multistate Settlement Reached In Medicaid Fraud Case

A New Jersey man, Richard West, filed a whistleblower complaint against Maxim Healthcare Systems after figuring out he’d been overbilled.

09/12/2011

School Lunch (credit: AP)

Officials Want Probe Of Elizabeth School Lunch Program

The action comes amid a report that a principal, the school board president, and a supervisor of custodians had enrolled their children in the free or reduced lunch program even though they don’t meet requirements.

08/23/2011

A toy gun sits on a shelf at a New York City toy store (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Man Accidentally Shoots Self Near Newark Toy Gun Exchange Event

Mayor Cory Booker said a shooting near the toy gun exchange event illustrates just how vital such initiatives are to curbing the cycle of violence.

08/22/2011

The sun sets over Sandy Hook Bay (file / credit: National Parks Service)

Rep. Frank Pallone Opposes New Fee Structure For Sandy Hook

The price to park and hang out for a day at Sandy Hook could go from $10 one-day passes to $20 two-day passes, if the National Park Service’s proposal goes through.

08/22/2011

NJ Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Fitch Downgrades NJ Bonds; Gov. Christie Says Downgrade In Line With Moody, S&P Rating Cuts

Fitch Ratings has downgraded New Jersey’s general obligation bonds to AA- from AA.

08/18/2011

Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Hillsborough, NJ - Aug 3, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie Again Says He’s Not Running For President After Added Attention From Karl Rove

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a darling of the Republican party. Rumors, questions and talk of him running for president just keep coming up.

08/18/2011

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at Tehrune Orchards - Princeton, NJ - Aug 17, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Chris Christie Says He Still Hasn’t Decided On Toll Hike

The Port Authority board is slated to vote on a massive proposed toll and fare hike. After that, it heads to the governors of New Jersey and New York.

08/17/2011

Hinchliffe Stadium - Paterson, NJ (file / credit: Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium)

Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium Among NJ Sites Getting Money For Restoration

More than $10 million in state funds were cleared Monday to protect New Jersey’s historical assets, including President Grover Cleveland’s birthplace.

08/16/2011

Foreclosure - File / Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Judge Lifts Holds On New Jersey Foreclosures

A New Jersey judge has ruled that four major banks can resume uncontested foreclosure actions in the state under court monitoring.

08/16/2011

New Jersey State Police (file / credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

New Jersey State Police Under Fire For Minority Recruiting Practices

A decade after a discrimination court settlement, the percentage of black troopers has dropped from 8 percent to 6.4 percent in a state with an almost 14 percent African American population.

08/16/2011

FBI seal (credit: AP)

FBI Has Job Openings For Special Agents, Other Positions

If you’ve always wanted to work in federal law enforcement, you’re in luck. The FBI is hiring.

08/13/2011

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