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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

Daniel Libeskind (file / credit: SEBASTIAN WIDMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Daniel Libeskind, Original Architect For New WTC, Speaks Out About The Development Of The Site

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Daniel Libeskind, the original architect for the new World Trade Center, is seeing his vision come to life.

09/07/2011

The waterfall operates at the south tower footprint at the 9/11 Memorial - New York, NY - Aug 4, 2011 (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 9/11 Series: The Design Of The 9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 Memorial design centers on the acre-size reflecting pools set within the footprints of where the Twin Towers once stood.

09/07/2011

The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses - New York, NY - Sep 11, 2001 (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Rudy Giuliani Recalls Collapse Of South Tower, Worry Of More Attacks

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the horrific attacks of 9/11, those who were in charge on that day are looking back.

09/06/2011

Former FDNY Commissioner Tom Von Essen is sworn-in before the 9/11 Commission - Washington, DC (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Former FDNY Commissioner Tom Von Essen Recalls 9/11

Ten years later, Tom Von Essen retains a crystal clear image of a moment on 9/11/01.

09/05/2011

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

Schools Nationwide Struggle To Teach The Story Of 9/11

It’s etched forever in the minds of their teachers, but for the majority of school children, Sept. 11, 2001, is a day of infamy they don’t remember.

09/02/2011

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani reads a poem at the World Trade Center site - New York, NY - Sep 11, 2010 (credit: Peter Foley-Pool/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Rudy Giuliani On The Pain Of Remembering 9/11

In the days following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, then New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani became known as “America’s Mayor.”

09/02/2011

The sun sets on the World Trade Center site after Irene has passed - New York, NY - Aug 28, 2011 (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

World Trade Center Survives Hurricane Irene

Port Authority executive director Chris Ward says the new World Trade Center dodged a bullet in the Hurricane Irene.

08/31/2011

WTC Health Registry Launches Third Health Survey To Study Effects Of 9/11 Dust Cloud

Dr. Mark Farfel, Director of the WTC Health Registry, told 1010 WINS on Wednesday that the survey was very important because it provided another significant measure of the health effects.

08/17/2011

Muni-meter

NYC Drivers May Soon Be Able To Pay The Meter Using New App

How would you like to feed the meter without going outside?

08/16/2011

Brooklyn Municipal Building - Brooklyn, NY (file / credit: Department of Citywide Administrative Services)

Brooklyn Municipal Building Making Room For Restaurant, Shops

Three floors of the western side of the imposing Brooklyn Municipal Building are being converted to a restaurant and shops.

08/16/2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears in Albany, NY - Aug 9, 2011 (credit: Governor's Office)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bests Christie, Bloomberg, Obama In New Poll

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been riding a wave of popularity in the Empire State, but now a new poll pits him against other leaders.

08/10/2011

FILE -- New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for City Harvest, Inc.)

Christine Quinn Furious Over City’s Proposed 12-Story Homeless Shelter

Council speaker Christine Quinn, usually a staunch Bloomberg ally, is furious at the administration’s court attempt to knock down a city law limiting the size of homeless shelters to 200 beds.

07/28/2011

President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation from the East Room of the White House - Washington, DC - Jul 25, 2011 (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayor Bloomberg Among Those Frustrated By Debt Ceiling Stalemate

The standoff on Capitol Hill over deficit reduction and raising the debt ceiling shows no signs of breaking.

07/26/2011

Rep. Peter King (file / credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rep. Peter King Speaks Out On Debt Ceiling Talks

Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island says if President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner don’t come back together to get a deal to raise the debt ceiling, then, in his words the House will reach its own agreement with the Senate.

07/25/2011

Jay Walder, MTA chairman opens new Jay Street-Metrotech Station (Photo/Ginny Kosola)

MTA Chairman Jay Walder Announces Resignation

Jay Walder is resigning as chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority effective Oct. 21.

07/21/2011

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