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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

The main branch of the library on 42nd Street and Fifth Ave. (Credit: AP Photo/New York Public Library, Jonathan Blanc)

New York Public Library Extends Amnesty Program

If you’re under 18-years-old and have an overdue or missing book borrowed from a branch of the New York Public Library, there is some good news for you.

09/22/2011

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg chat as Bloomberg gives Sarkozy a tour of the Statue of Liberty - New York, NY - Sep 22, 2011 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

Sarkozy, Bloomberg Celebrate Lady Liberty’s Birthday Early

The Statue of Liberty is celebrating her 125th birthday a little early this year so French president Nicholas Sarkozy could be there.

09/22/2011

Smog over Lower Manhattan is seen from the Empire State Building - New York, NY (file / credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

New Push To Clear The Air After Report On Tri-State Area Smog

The advocacy organization Environment New York says the New York City, Newark, and Bridgeport statistical area no. 5 among the regions in the nation for the most hazardous air days so far this year.

09/22/2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg cuts the ribbon at the Century 21 store near Lincoln Center - New York, NY - Sep 21, 2011 (credit: Edward Reed / Mayor's Office)

Mayor Bloomberg Cuts Ribbon On New Uptown Century 21 Store

The Upper West Side store brings with it 376 new jobs and Century 21 is also expanding its original Lower Manhattan site, adding another 300 jobs there.

09/21/2011

Mayor Bloomberg welcomes first responders to National September 11th Memorial & Museum on September 20, 2011 (credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Wreath Laid For First Responders At 9/11 Memorial

City officials gathered at the 9/11 memorial to recognize first responders who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

09/20/2011

Bloomberg Says Returning Squeegee Men Will Be Wiped Away

Most folks consider them a nuisance. They come ambling up to your car and start wiping down your windshield, whether you want them to or not.

09/20/2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama (credit: Edward Reed / Mayor's Office, NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayor Bloomberg Calls President’s Deficit Plan ‘Class Warfare’

Saying “We can’t just cut our way out of this hole,” President Barack Obama is calling for $1.5 trillion in new taxes as part of a 10-year deficit reduction package totaling more than $3 trillion.

09/19/2011

Pearson logo (credit: Pearson Education)

Pearson Moving 600 Jobs To New York City, 700 To Hoboken

The expansion includes the relocation of employees from Upper Saddle River, N.J., and White Plains, N.Y.

09/19/2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama (file / credit: Spencer T Tucker / Mayor's Office, Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images)

Mayor Bloomberg Sounds Off On President Obama And Israel

President Barack Obama has been a controversial figure for many reasons – including his position on Israel and the Middle East.

09/16/2011

A woman smoked in the Times Square pedestrian plaza - New York, NY - May 23, 2011 (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

New York City Smoking Rate Down To 14 Percent

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that there are 450,000 fewer adult smokers in New York City than there were nine years ago.

09/15/2011

Brad Lander, Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Eric Ulrich (file / credit: City Council Photos)

Four New York City Council Members To Let You Decide How Money Is Spent

There is a new effort to give New York City residents a louder voice in how the city should spend some of their tax dollars.

09/15/2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg appears with workers at Terrafina - Brooklyn, NY - Sep 13, 2011 (credit: Kristen Artz / Mayor's Office)

Bloomberg Tries To Give Small Businesses A Boost With Grants

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared that small business is going to get us out of this economic slump.

09/14/2011

New York, NY - Sep 13, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

New York City Gets Back To Normal, But 9/11 Threat Still Exists

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the NYPD’s 12-hour shifts had been pulled and there are fewer checkpoints around the city than over the weekend.

09/13/2011

The Twin Towers are seen from an NYPD helicopter - New York, NY - Sep 11, 2001 (credit: AP Photo/NYPD, via ABC News, Det.Greg Semendinger)

WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Michael O’Brien – Survivor Of The South Tower

Michael O’Brien was sitting at his desk at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods on the 88th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center when American Airlines flight 11 slammed into the north tower.

09/09/2011

One World Trade Center rises over Ground Zero - New York, NY - Sep 7, 2011 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Quinnipiac Poll On 9/11 Anniversary: Many Believe NYC Will Be Attacked Again

The poll finds that ten years after 9/11, there is a strong belief among Americans that New York City will be attacked by terrorists again and that there will be another significant loss of life.

09/08/2011

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