Marla Diamond

marla diamond headshot Marla DiamondI began my career at WCBS in the fall of 1997 as the station’s New Jersey Correspondent…and I learned one thing. It’s a big state! I grew up never really leaving the confines of Cherry Hill…until I attended college at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Nearly right out of college in 1992 I was hired as a reporter for WCTC Radio just down the road. After five yers there it was on to the big leagues! And I spent a lot of time in the car…getting to some very interesting assignments from Bergen to Cape May Counties.

I got tired of driving…and took a job in Public Relations for a major New Jersey Hospital, but it really wasn’t for me! I missed radio so much I begged for my job back and they gave it to me! In my years at WCBS I have had the privilege to be a part of some of the city’s biggest breaking news stories… I am often brought to tears by New Yorkers’ random acts of kindness and courage. But I really enjoy the offbeat. The people who give this city it’s pulse and craziness. It is so much fun bringing their stories to you!

I have won numerous awards in my career at WCBS, but none so fulfilling as picking up the Art Athens Award in the summer of 2007 for General Excellence in radio reporting.

Most memorable stories: Spending a week on a UJA Mission to Israel; A New York to New Orleans convoy after Hurricane Katrina; 9/11; covering and running in four New York City Marathons
Why I’m a journalist: I always want to be the first to know!
Hometown: York, PA
Favorite vacation: Two weeks on my honeymoon in Italy
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite movies: ‘Gone with the Wind’; ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1939 was a great year in cinema)
Favorite books: ‘The Kite Runner’; ‘The Glass Castle’; ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’
Favorite television show: ‘Sex and the City’
Favorite pastimes: Spending time with my family, running, cooking, knitting

Midtown Job Fair Draws Hundreds Of Applicants

Hundreds of job seekers stood in a line that stretched down the block for a minority career fair that’s also been downsized.


Sliced Chicken Salad from Jean-George Vongerichten

Renovated Madison Square Garden To Feature Upgraded Food

When Madison Square Garden reopens this fall, the stars of the court and ice will share the arena with the stars of the kitchen.


(file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York City Pays Millions In Rent Assistance To Dead People

A new audit shows that New York City paid out nearly $12 million in rent subsidies in recent years to 4,000 deceased residents.


New Exhibit At South Street Seaport Simulates Blindness

“Dialog in the Dark” at the South Street Seaport gives you an idea of what it would be like as a blind person in New York City.


Passaic River - Fairfield, NJ - Aug 28, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

Rain-Soaked New Jersey Braces For More Flooding

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire state through Saturday afternoon.


Starting line of Tunnel to Towers Run - Brooklyn, NY (file / credit: Tunnel to Towers Run)

Tunnel To Towers Run Honors Fallen Firefighter

It’s a 5k race with the finish line at the World Trade Center site. It started ten years ago with 2,000 people as a small tribute to Stephen Siller.


An MTA Travel Station is seen at the Bowling Green station - New York, NY - Spe 19, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

MTA Unveils New ‘On The Go’ Travel Station Pilot Program

The “On The Go” travel station is a giant iPad-like touch screen which gives riders real-time information on delays, service changes, construction, and escalator and elevator status.


Jane's Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park - Brooklyn, NY - Sep 15, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Ribbon Cut For New Jane’s Carousel At Brooklyn Bridge Park

After decades in the making, Jane’s Carousel, a 48-horse merry-go-round from 1922, is up and running at Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Roller Derby - Asbury Park, NJ (file / credit: Tim Scheld / WCBS 880)

Roller Derby Heats Up The Jersey Shore

They have eight wheels and two legs. They go by names like Betty Clock’r and Toastface Killah. This isn’t your parents’ roller derby.


McDonald’s Unveils Healthier Happy Meals In NYC

McDonald’s healthier Happy Meals have hit restaurants and kids are weighing in on the new and improved version of a fast food classic.


FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano at a minority recruitment drive in Harlem - New York, NY - Sep 13, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

FDNY Looks To Attract Minorities As Exam Deadline Looms

New York City fire commissioner Sal Cassano took his campaign to 125th Street in Manhattan two days ahead of the recruitment deadline.


Late Rally Pushes Indexes Higher; Stocks See 2nd Gain In September

A late afternoon rally pushed the stock market higher for only the second day this month.


A photograph of Leroy Homer is seen at a memorial service - Chesterfield, NJ - Sep 28, 2001 (credit: TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Kiki Homer Remembers Her Brother – United 93 Pilot Leroy Homer

Kiki Homer and her brother Leroy grew up challenging each other. He always wanted to be a pilot.


New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (file / credit: Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Ray Kelly And NYPD Prepare For 9/11 Anniversary

The world will turn its attention to Ground Zero on Sunday and police commissioner Ray Kelly calls the run-up to the 9/11 anniversary “a major security event.”


Flight 93 Memorial In Shanksville, PA To Be Unveiled On 10th Anniversary On 9/11

Almost 300 miles from Ground Zero in the rolling hills of southeast Pennsylvania, the Flight 93 memorial is taking shape in Shanksville.




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