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

Smoke billows from the Twin Towers - New York, NY - Sep 11, 2001 (credit: Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Brian Clark Escaped The Twin Towers From Above The Impact Line

Whether you lived or died on 9/11 depended on where you were in the Twin Towers.


Stranded passengers at Terminal 4 at JFK Airport - Queens, NY - Dec 28, 2010 (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Foreign Airlines Now Subject To Same Rules As Domestic Carriers

New passenger protection rules have gone into effect aimed to prevent nightmare scenarios like the one many experienced at John F. Kennedy International Airport during last year’s blizzard.


A rendering of the Park 51 Islamic cultural center - Credit: SOMA Architects

Park 51 Becomes Wedge Issue In Race For Anthony Weiner’s Seat

The developers of the Park 51 Islamic cultural center were denied 9/11 rebuilding funds last week, but that hasn’t made the funding issue go away.


Norman Rosenbaum and Carmel Cato break bread together - Brooklyn, NY - Aug 19, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Community Marks 20th Anniversary Of Crown Heights Riots

The riots tore through the neighborhood in 1991, stoked by tensions between the Jewish and black communities living side-by-side.


New York Mets Owner Fred Wilpon (file / credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mets Owner Fred Wilpon In Court Today Over Madoff Trustee Lawsuit

The owner of the New York Mets will be in court today seeking to have a $700 million lawsuit filed by Irving Picard thrown out.


NYC police officer with radio (file / credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Renews Push For Advanced Network For Emergency Communications

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will compel Congress to finally act on a bill devoting open radio spectrum to the nation’s first responders.


Diamond District Cashing In On High Price Of Gold

Michael Toback, the president and owner of Myron Toback, Inc., says there could be a fortune sitting in your closet or on your dresser.


Report Shows 1.6 Million New Yorkers Left Empire State Since 2000

The number of New Yorkers who have left the state totaled more than the populations of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and West Babylon combined.


Actress Julia Stiles stops by a food cart in SoHo - New York, NY (file / credit: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

City Council Mulls Letter Grades For Food Carts

Restaurants in New York City have been required to display letter grades from the health department for over a year now but not street vendors. The City Council may consider changing that.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Sparks Deli - Queens, NY - Aug 1, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Most NYC Restaurants Get An ‘A’ From The Health Department

Mayor Michael Bloomberg returned to Sparks Deli, the Queens restaurant that received the city’s first-ever A grade last year, to present them with their second consecutive A rating for cleanliness.


Last Harry Potter Movie Bittersweet For Fans

Harry Potter fans have been up all night, eager to be the first to catch the last movie in the series.


Musicians Protest New York City Opera’s New Season At Guggenheim

The union members say they’re being offered a contract that would gut the chorus and orchestra, strip them of health and other benefits and turn them into freelancers. And they say they’re not even guaranteed a minimum number of work weeks.


Final Installment Of ‘Harry Potter’ Series Holds U.S. Premiere At Lincoln Center

Diehard fans camped out for days, some for nearly a week without any showers, to catch their favorite stars at the “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2” premiere at Lincoln Center.


Manhattan Borough President ‘Upset’ & ‘Troubled’ Over Lack Of DOT Action On Dangerous Crosswalk

The crosswalk, located on 71st Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, has been the site of 34 accidents within the last year, according to Scott Stringer.


Calls For Regulation Of Hair-Smoothing Products

Women will pay hundreds of dollars to get straight hair, but some members of Congress say they may be putting their health at risk and want the FDA to regulate products containing formaldehyde.




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