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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

Construction at the World Trade Center site in New York City on May 10, 2011. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Groups Trying To Organize Walk For 9/11 Anniversary

A number of interfaith and secular groups are trying to organize a walk toward Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary as a symbol of reversing what happened that dark day.

07/01/2011

A Staten Island Ferry makes its ways north from Staten Island to Manhattan with the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the background (file / credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Michael Grimm Wants Feds To Remove Ammo From Near Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The 1,500 rounds of ammo, a three-inch projectile, and cartridges were discovered in the waters near the Brooklyn tower of the bridge last October.

06/30/2011

Gas Pump (file / credit: clipart.com)

New York Inspector General Finds State Gas Pumps Ripe For Theft

An investigation reveals the temptation to steal gas from New York’s state-owned fuel pumps has apparently been too great for some workers.

06/30/2011

City Hall - New York, NY - File / Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NYC Wants $600 Million From Tech Giant In CityTime Payroll System Scandal

Federal prosecutors have said that nearly the entire sum the city spent on the project was tainted by an epic fraud that involved hundreds of contractors, systemic overbilling and an international money-laundering conspiracy.

06/30/2011

NYC Water (credit: NYC Department of Environmental Protection)

NYC DEP Launches Water-On-The-Go

Public water stations will be set up in outdoor spaces throughout the city.

06/29/2011

Ad About Terrorists And Guns (credit: Mayors Against Illegal Guns)

Mayor Bloomberg Behind National TV Ad Urging Closure Of Gun Loophole

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is continuing his crusade against illegal guns, now with a national TV ad.

06/29/2011

Last year's Shakespeare In The Park Gala (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

‘The Bard’ Comes To Brooklyn With Groundbreaking Of New Theater

A groundbreaking Friday for a new theater in Brooklyn will become the theatrical home for Shakespeare and other classics.

06/24/2011

Walmart (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York City Women’s Groups Undeterred By Supreme Court Walmart Class Action Rulings

Holding signs saying “Walmart Always Discriminates” and “Merchant of Shame,” women’s groups, unions, and elected officials including a number of councilwomen gathered on the City Hall steps.

06/21/2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with his mother, Charlotte, in Jerusalem on Feb. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mother, Charlotte, Dead At 102

Bloomberg remembered his mother as a woman of “unimpeachable integrity” who offered “constant love.”

06/19/2011

An employee walks through the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NYC Libraries Warn Of Consequences From $90 Million Funding Cut

NYPL President Paul LeClerc said that school children would be hurt the most by the proposed cuts.

06/17/2011

Williamsburg Bridge (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Two Men Charged With Criminal Trespass For Trying To Climb Williamsburg Bridge

Both 22-year-old James Stafford, of Woodstock, Conn., and 25-year-old Brice Farrell, of Damsascus, MD were arrested early Wednesday morning.

06/15/2011

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Bloomberg Cracks Joke But Stays Neutral About ‘Weinergate’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to stay neutral when it comes to “Weinergate,” staying very far away from saying what action he thinks Anthony Weiner should take in the wake of a sexting scandal.

06/15/2011

UBS building on Park Avenue - New York, NY (file / credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayor Bloomberg Would Love To Have UBS Headquarters Back In New York City

There is talk of the big Swiss bank UBS moving its North American headquarters from Stamford, Connecticut back to New York City.

06/10/2011

A man uses free wireless high-speed Internet access on his laptop in Bryant Park (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

20 NYC Parks To Get Free Wi-Fi Service

The service has already started in three locations: Battery Park, Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx, and Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem.

06/09/2011

Flames (file / credit: Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Crackdown On Fire-Prone Illegal Subdivisions

The Bloomberg administration is mounting a new crackdown on firetraps – illegally divided apartments packed with people living on the cheap.

06/08/2011

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