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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

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NJ Appeals Court Rules GPS Tracking In Cheating Spouse Cases Not An Invasion Of Privacy

Private investigators and attorneys say the use of technology in cheating spouse cases is becoming more common.

07/08/2011

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn (credit: AP Photo/Todd Heisler, Pool)

Lawyer For Maid In Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sexual Assault Case Calling For Special Prosecutor

The former International Monetary Fund chief’s legal team met with prosecutors on Wednesday to try to hammer out a deal, but talks still appear to be at a stalemate.

07/07/2011

FILE -- Pilots wait onboard their plane to get the go-ahead for the start of their flight (Photo credit: VOLKER HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Study Finds 1 In 5 Pilots Commute 750 Miles Or More For Work

If you think you have a long commute, just look at the distance some airline pilots have to travel for work.

07/07/2011

A no smoking sign in the Times Square pedestrian plaza - New York, NY - May 23, 2011 (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Only One Ticket Issued Since NYC Parks Smoking Ban Went Into Effect

New York City parks commissioner Adrian Benepe insists the city is committed to keeping new smoke-free zones smoke-free.

07/01/2011

The George Washington Bridge is seen from the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Apr 30, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

George Washington Bridge To Unfurl Its American Flag On July 4th

If you’ve gone over the George Washington Bridge on a national holiday, then you know there is a very big reason to slow down and look up.

07/01/2011

Study: Drug Addiction Among Teens On The Rise

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 90-percent of Americans suffering from addiction started using before the age of 18.

06/29/2011

Members of the NYPD (file / credit: Brian Harkin/Getty Images)

New Form For NYPD In Stop And Frisk Situations

Now, every time force is used during a so-called stop and frisk in New York, the officer will have to check a box stating the reason.

06/28/2011

JFK Airport (credit: CBS 2)

Near Miss Between 2 Jets At JFK; Frantic Controllers Caught On Tape

A Lufthansa Airbus A-340 was reportedly speeding toward takeoff Monday when an Egyptair Boeing 777 made a wrong turn into its path.

06/22/2011

Parents protest conditions at P.S. 51 on the West Side - New York, NY - Jun 22, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

P.S. 51 Parents Demand City Move Their Students While Construction Underway Next Door

“Relocate now!” was the cry from parents at P.S. 51 in Hell’s Kitchen who say their children are getting sick from contaminated soil at a construction site near the school.

06/22/2011

New York Senate

Wednesday Appears To Be D-Day For Gay Marriage In New York

The 32 Republicans meeting will decide, maybe as soon as Wednesday, whether to send a bill approving same-sex marriage to the floor for a full vote.

06/21/2011

The Pot Luck Cafe food truck on the Upper West Side - New York, NY - Jun 21, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Food Fight Heats Up Over Pot Luck Cafe Food Truck On Upper West Side

Residents living on West 68th Street near Broadway say the Pot Luck Cafe food truck takes up parking spaces and runs a noisy generator.

06/21/2011

American Flag and Iranian Flag (credit: AP)

Manhattan DA: US Banks Duped By Iranian Shipping Company

Prosecutors say an Iranian government-owned shipping company used corporate aliases to evade U.S. economic sanctions and to con American banks into processing $60 million in banned transactions.

06/20/2011

Ray Kelly (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Kelly: Change In Al-Qaida Leadership Doesn’t Change Anti-Terrorism Strategy

Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s new number one status in Al-Qaida doesn’t change New York City’s anti-terror strategies, says Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

06/17/2011

The Hike for Heroes crew enters Times Square on June 15, 2011 (credit: Facebook/Hike For Our Heroes)

Iraq War Vet Raising Funds For Military Families Via ‘Forrest Gump’-Style Walk Comes To Times Square

Troy Yocum was in Iraq when a fellow soldier emailed to say he was in deep financial trouble, so he decided to embark on a 7,000 mile walk to raise money for him, and other military families.

06/15/2011

Manhattan restaurant rated with a Health Department 'A' grade is seen March 7, 2011. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Some NYC Restaurants Face Fines For Not Posting Health Department Letter Grade

Health officials announced Tuesday that they’ll pay surprise visits so food establishments can’t suddenly pull out the signs.

06/14/2011

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