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Rich Lamb

rich lamb Rich LambRich Lamb is an award-winning reporter, who has been on the air at WCBS for nearly three decades.

His reporting has been cited numerous times, including awards by the Overseas Press Club, The Associated Press, UPI, The New York Press Club, the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Archdiocese of New York and a host of other organizations.

He started at WCBS in February of 1978, and covered the 88-day newspaper strike of that year. He was one of the station’s mainstays in the transit strikes of both 1980 and 2005. He covered the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the destruction and aftermath of 9/11. He has covered four major plane crashes, all of the mayoral, gubernatorial and presidential elections since 1978, murders, fires, blackouts, St. Patrick’s Day, Columbus Day, West Indian Day and ticker tape parades. He traveled to Rome for the consistory creating Archbishop John J. O’Connor a Cardinal, and covered the prelate’s dramatic missions to Central America and Northern Ireland. He also traveled to Rome to cover the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Over the years, he’d flown on the Pope’s plane during John Paul’s 1995 U.S. visit, covered the Pope’s trek to Cuba in 1998, and the Holy Father’s visit to New York in 1979. Lamb traveled to Saudi Arabia to witness the buildup to the Gulf War in 1990.

Lamb is a Connecticut native, born in Hartford. He graduated from the University of Detroit, and started his broadcasting career in Michigan in 1970. He worked as an anchor and reporter at WEXL, Royal Oak, WNIC, Dearborn, and at WOMC, Detroit . He arrived at WCBS from New York City rock station WXLO, 99X, where he had been the “sidekick” of morning man Jay Thomas.

First Joined WCBS880: 1978
First Story: Brooklyn Polar Bear group takes icy dip in Feb, 1978
Most Memorable Story or Interview: Flying on the Pope’s plane
Role Model: Steve Flanders
Why I’m A Journalist: It’s not boring
Alma Mater: University of Detroit
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Family: Married, one brother
Pets: Negative… allergies rule
Hobbies: Presidential trivia
Favorite Food: Hot dogs, hamburgers
Favorite Musician: Pavarotti
Favorite Author: Dickens
Favorite Book: Bleak House
Favorite Destination: Home
Favorite Actor: Peter Ustinov
Hidden Talent: whistling
Favorite Links: Google

New York Botanical Garden - Bronx, NY (file / credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

New York Botanical Garden Needs Help Getting Back In Shape

New York Botanical Garden president Gregory Long says their fifty acres of first growth forest – a native forest that has never been harvested – took a real pounding in the freak October snowstorm.

11/03/2011

The George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Apr 30, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / Special to WCBS 880)

George Washington Bridge Turns 80

It is a very special day for the world’s busiest bridge.

10/24/2011

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Outgoing Port Authority Exec. Dir. Won’t Rule Out Run For NYC Mayor

There is chatter that Chris Ward, the outgoing executive director of the Port Authority, might run for mayor of New York City.

10/21/2011

New York City Taxis (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Mayor Bloomberg Opposes Making All Cabs Wheelchair Accessible

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing back against federal efforts to make more New York City taxis able to handle the needs of the handicapped.

10/20/2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Poll: Mayor Bloomberg’s Approval Rating Falls

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows a majority of New York City voters believe Bloomberg lost his focus during his third term.

10/19/2011

In this undated photo provided by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in New York, the 36-foot tall church stands near the base of the World Trade Center towers. (credit: AP Photo/St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church)

Deal Struck To Rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Church Near WTC Site

It took a decade, but a deal has finally been struck to rebuild a New York City church destroyed on 9/11.

10/14/2011

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Target JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon — Who Is Overseas

The group said it was protesting because it was upset about the expiration of New York state’s “millionaire’s tax” in December.

10/12/2011

United Nations headquarters - New York, NY (file / credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Bloomberg Announces Plan With U.N. To Complete Manhattan Greenway

The last major gap runs from 38th to 60th streets on the East Side.

10/06/2011

Members of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit keep watch at United Nations headquarters - New York, NY - Sep 19, 2011 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NYC’s Top Business Leaders Beg Congress Not To Cut Security Funding

Over 100 New York City business leaders have written a joint letter to the leaders in Congress, asking that they not cut homeland security funding for the world’s biggest terrorist target.

10/04/2011

The 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site - New York, NY - Sep 15, 2011 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Some Ferry Tickets Include Pass To 9/11 Memorial; Foundation Cracks Down On Markups

Are people paying to cut the line for visiting the 9/11 Memorial?

10/03/2011

A protesters sign is viewed in a park where those affiliated with the 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrations in the Financial District near Wall Street on September 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Protestors Continue ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Demonstration In Zuccotti Park

Zuccotti Park is protest city. Demonstrators have been pouring in since the “Occupy Wall Street” began over a week ago.

09/29/2011

Dave Warden shows off marijuana seen at a dispensery - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 19, 2009 (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

NYPD Loosening Up On Marijuana Arrests

New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly has ordered his officers to stop arresting people for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

09/28/2011

Christine Quinn (file / credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Poll: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Leads In Race For NYC Mayor

The poll shows Quinn getting 20 percent of the vote; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, 16 percent; former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, 12 percent; and Comptroller John Liu 10 percent.

09/27/2011

A street vendor in Chinatown. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Daniel Squadron Wants Crackdown On Chinatown Curbside Street Ponding

You’ve probably stepped in a curbside street pond, but didn’t know it had a name.

09/23/2011

New York Stock Exchange - New York, NY - Sep 23, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Mayor Bloomberg Weighs In On Wall Street, Says Markets ‘Spooked’

U.S. stocks are mixed Friday after a week of brutal selling pushed them to new yearly lows.

09/23/2011

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