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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.”

Palisades Park High School - Palisades Park, NJ (credit: Palisades Park School District)

Severe Punishment Averted In Palisades Park School Brawl

In the end, a 19-year-old didn’t get probation or even community service for punching a fellow student last year in Palisades Park High School cafeteria.

08/12/2011

The Statue of Liberty as seen from the air over New York City (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Statue Of Liberty To Close For Yearlong Renovations To Make Interior Safer, More Accessible

Starting October 29, the monument will be getting a $27.25 million makeover.

08/11/2011

Atlantic City, NJ (file / credit: AP)

Revenues Keep Dropping In Atlantic City

Revenues have been down for 34 straight months, but experts say the almost three-year long streak could be broken soon.

08/10/2011

Gov. Chris Christie appears at a bill signing - Barnegat, NJ - Aug 4, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Christie On Planned Port Authority Toll Hike: ‘You’re Kidding, Right?’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is putting in his two cents when it comes to the proposed massive toll and fare hike from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

08/08/2011

Shoppers in Union City, NJ - Mar 28, 2011 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Survey: New Jersey Retailers Looking To Hire More

Levin Management is out with its mid-year survey of 1,000 retailers in the Garden State.

08/05/2011

Veterans Burial Ceremony - Garfield, NJ - Aug 4, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Unclaimed Military Veterans’ Remains Buried In New Jersey

Veterans from around the Garden State gathered at the VFW Post in Garfield Thursday as part of the Mission of Honor’s efforts to never let those who served be forgotten.

08/05/2011

A car enters the employee entrace at the headquarters for drug maker Merck in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Report: Pharmaceuticals Lead In Job Cuts Announced In July; New Jersey Hardest Hit

It’s no real surprise that a report from consultants Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. lists the Garden State as has having the region’s highest number of upcoming job cuts.

08/03/2011

Dunkin' Donuts - Rockaway, NJ - Aug 2, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Rockaway Dunkin’ Donuts Worker Accused Of Selling Sex During Late Night Shifts

Ordering “extra sugar” at the Dunkin’ Donuts along Route 46 in Rockaway Township apparently got you more than just a sweet cup of coffee.

08/02/2011

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

Friday Declared Stop The Violence Day In Newark

The Enough is Enough Coalition is teaming with other local anti-violence groups to get out their message and have Friday declared Stop the Violence Day in Newark.

07/29/2011

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Brides Scramble As Morristown Wedding Boutique Abruptly Closes

The mother of the store’s owner says customers have been told to dispute charges with credit card companies. However, the credit card companies are telling some customers it’s too late for that.

07/29/2011

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at Port Newark - Newark, NJ - Jul 27, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Announces Expansion Of Port Newark

With New Jersey’s unemployment rate outpacing the nation, Gov. Chris Christie visited Port Newark on Wednesday to tout a $500 million deal that could lead to 800 new jobs.

07/28/2011

Edward Kahrer, assistant special agent in charge in the FBI Newark Division, talks about the agency's advertising campaign against health care fraud at Johnson Park, Monday, July 25, 2011, in Hackensack, N.J. (credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

FBI In New Jersey Launches Health Care Fraud Awareness Drive

Citing an estimated $7.5 million in losses in New Jersey from health care fraud in 2010, the FBI’s Newark office unveiled a series of digital advertisements that will be placed in shopping mall kiosks and on highway billboards across the state.

07/25/2011

Telephone Handset (file / credit: clipart.com)

Long Beach Township Looks To Remedy Reverse 911 Shortfall

During one of the winter storms this past season, Long Beach Township sent out a reverse 911 advisory on conditions, but was short some 2,500 homes.

07/25/2011

Cleanup of Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ - Jul 21, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Clean Shores Program Tackling Trash At Liberty State Park

Old 2x4s, tree branches, gas cans, soda cans and water bottles. It’s all being picked up by a detail of about a dozen prison inmates along the Liberty State Park shoreline over the next couple weeks.

07/21/2011

A helicopter is seen after making an emergency landing - South Brunswick, NJ - Jul 20, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Helicopter Crashes Behind South Brunswick School

South Brunswick Police Sgt. Jim Ryan says the 27-year-old pilot and a 44-year-old female passenger sustained chest and back injuries.

07/20/2011

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