Hazel Sanchez

hazelsanchez1 Hazel SanchezHazel Sanchez joined CBS 2 in 2000 as a general assignment reporter.

Prior to WCBS-TV, Sanchez was the weekend anchor/reporter for WBAY-TV Green Bay, WI. During that time, she also hosted and moderated “Teen Connection,” a live, hour-long show for Wisconsin Public Television in Green Bay. In addition to “Teen Connection,” she also hosted a number of the station’s award-winning documentaries.

Prior to her work in Green Bay, Hazel was a news cut-in anchor and assistant producer at WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

Sanchez has achieved recognition for her work, earning a Midwest Emmy award, a CINE Golden Eagle award, and an award from the Wisconsin Broadcast Association. She has also received awards for hosting “The Discovery of Dawn,” an emotional documentary on one young woman’s battle with Anorexia Nervosa.
Sanchez has a B.A. in broadcasting and electronic communications from the Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Hazel and her husband Peter live in Manhattan with their daughter Avery.

Father, 2-Year-Old Daughter Found Unconscious In Lawrence Parking Lot

Hazmat crews were not taking any chances and suited up to investigate a mysterious white powdery substance found in a car, where a man and his daughter were discovered unconscious in Lawrence.

10/03/2011

Queens Mom, Daughter May Avoid Deportation To Bangladesh

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is lending support to Nazim Habib and her 19-year-old daughter, Nadia. Her office is optimistic the pair will be able to stay in the United States.

09/28/2011

Neighbors Complain Of Unsanitary Condition At ‘Super Halal Meat’ In Queens

The Deptartment of Agriculture and Markets said Super Halal, open only a year, was fined for critical deficiencies in July, August, and September of this year.

09/27/2011

9/11 hero Joe Irizarry

NYC Subway Motorman Reflects On 9/11 — The Day He Was Thrust Into Heroic Role

Over the past decade we have heard countless stories about acts of heroism during the 9/11 terror attacks. But here’s one you probably never heard about.

09/06/2011

Man Allegedly Fondles 7-Year-Old Girl’s Feet In Queens Library

The girl said she was reading on the floor when a man tried to engage her in small talk and then grabbed her feet.

08/24/2011

Brooklyn tent revival

Neighbors Say Brooklyn Tent Revival Volume So Loud, They’re Praying To God It Stops

Every night for the entire month of August the Gospel Tabernacle Church hosts a spiritual revival. Some neighbors say they’re not bothered by the message. They are bothered by the volume of the message.

08/16/2011

Mikey Weinstein

Heartless Or Desperate? Woman Wanted For Stealing From Child’s Cancer Charity

The hunt is on for a heartless thief on Staten Island that robbed a man trying to raise money for a 5-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of cancer.

08/16/2011

Lillie Leon

80-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher Sues NYC Over Firing From Queens Public School

A kindergarten teacher with a squeaky clean record for more than 30 years says she was fired simply because she’s old. The 80-year-old woman wants her job back, so she’s suing New York City.

08/03/2011

CBS 2’s Chief Weathercaster Lonnie Quinn Has Bike Stolen On Upper West Side

Surveillance video shows CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn locking up his $2,300 bike in front of his Upper West Side gym just after 10 a.m. Moments later, a man on a bike parked next to Quinn’s before taking it.

07/26/2011

4-Alarm Fire Rips Through Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue On Upper East Side

Firefighters battled the four-alarm fire and got it under control around 9:50 p.m. An FDNY spokesman said about 170 firefighters responded to the fire, which started at around 8:30 p.m.

07/11/2011

Authorities Investigate Security Breach At JFK After Man Flies To L.A. Without Ticket Or ID

Investigators say Olajide Noibi, a Nigerian, boarded Virgin America Flight 415 to Los Angeles without a valid passport or identification, using an expired boarding pass that belonged to someone else.

06/30/2011

Whooping cough vaccine

Long Island Officials Warn Of Rapidly Spreading Whooping Cough Virus

A cluster of whooping cough is growing on Long Island, with dozens of people – mostly children – infected by the virus.

06/29/2011

The remains of the Deutsche Bank building are seen at Ground Zero from Chopper 880 - New York, NY - Jan 10, 2011 - Photo: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880

1 Acquitted In Fatal Ground Zero Fire At Former Deutsche Bank Building

For nearly four years, construction supervisor Salvatore DePaola and two co-workers have been accused of responsibility for the deaths of two firefighters in the Deutsche Bank fire at ground zero. But on Tuesday a jury acquitted DePaola of all charges.

06/28/2011

Report: Brighton Beach Residents Want Every Bag On The Boardwalk Searched Following Shooting

The wild shooting on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk that left 16-year-old Tysha Jones dead and four others wounded has area residents calling for serious changes in security procedures.

06/24/2011

Turtle Bay Dealing With Trash Pileup As Doormen Strike Continues

A spokesperson for the Department of Sanitation confirmed there is an active strike and its workers will continue to let the garbage pile grow until the doormen get a contract or the Department of Health orders the agency to clean up the mess.

06/17/2011

Big Apple Heat Wave Packs Steamy Punch; Another Scorcher On Tap For Thursday

It’s so hot, we could shatter records set more than seven decades ago. The blazing sun made it feel like 100 degrees on Wednesday and it’s not over yet.

06/08/2011

Police Arrest William Giraldo In Connection With Sunset Park Rape

A suspected sexual predator is off the streets. He’s already charged in one vicious attack. Now police want to know if he’s responsible for preying on other women in Brooklyn.

06/07/2011

Bay Shore Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped On Roof For Hours

It was quite a terrifying morning for a little puppy named Rosie. Apparently, she decided to go for a sky-high adventure on her dog-sitter’s roof.

06/06/2011

Arrest Of NJ Cabbie Sparks Protest By Fellow Drivers At Newark Airport

Taxi drivers staged a five-hour shutdown at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, refusing to pick up passengers to protest the arrest of a fellow cabbie Ahmed Deraz.

06/03/2011

Paralyzed Rutgers Football Player LeGrand Begins Taking Courses Via Skype

Eric LeGrand is on the move and continues to beat the odds. The former Rutgers defense tackle will be taking two classes this summer via Skype from his home in New Egypt. However, he plans to catch some sessions in person at the university.

06/01/2011

Smash and grab robberies

‘Smash And Grab’ Robbers Cause Havoc In Financial District

Police said the duo stuffed their pockets in the Financial District. Authorities said the suspects hit several lower Manhattan restaurants for hundreds of dollars in cash and liquor.

05/31/2011

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Impostor Crushes Hopes Of N.J. Elementary School Students

A local teacher promised her students a date with Lady Gaga, but instead they got a gag. It was a good deed gone bad. The real artist was swapped with an impostor.

05/27/2011

Smirnoff Ice

New York City Health Department Wants All ‘Alcopops’ Banned

You may have heard of “alcopops.” They’re carbonated fruit drinks with an alcoholic punch. Kids are breaking the law to get their hands on them, but the New York City Health Department is stepping in to try to stop that from happening.

05/25/2011

DA Probes Whether Westchester Cops Fixed Allegedly Drunk NYPD Officer’s Ticket

An investigation into the NYPD is spilling over borders, as the Westchester County district attorney is looking into whether local cops let off a drunk, and potentially dangerous, off-duty NYPD officer.

05/18/2011

Kids With Disabilities On L.I. Get ‘A (Little) League Of Their Own’

There’s a brand new little league on Long Island that’s proving the be an inspiration to anyone who has a dream. That’s because every player has a disability – but that’s not stopping them from getting onto that playing field.

05/13/2011

City Councilwoman Margaret Chin Wants To Make It Illegal To Purchase Knockoff Purses

City Councilwoman Margaret Chin plans to introduce a bill making it illegal to purchase counterfeit designer merchandise. Violators could face a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.

04/26/2011

SHOCKING VIDEO: Park Slope Attack Caught On Tape

A late-night attack on a woman in Park Slope was caught on surveillance camera. The victim’s blood curdling screams can be heard ringing out on a silent night shaking residents out of their beds.

04/22/2011

Galleria Mall peeping Tom

Cops: Serial Video Voyeur Busted Inside White Plains Mall Bathroom

A White Plains man was arrested for video taping women using the restroom at the popular Galleria Mall. And police said he admitted to doing it many times before.

04/19/2011

Accuser Offers Stunning Testimony In Rape Trial Of NYPD Officers Moreno, Mata

For the first time after the alleged rape more than two years ago, Officer Kenneth Moreno and Officer Franklin Mata came face to face with their accuser.

04/14/2011

Cops: Good Samaritan In Major Deegan Crash Turns Out To Be Hoax

A Bronx man was caught on video being a Good Samaritan after a truck crash last year. But it was that same video that led to his arrest for insurance fraud.

04/14/2011

Heartless Thieves Pilfer Animal Charity Van In Queens

Police were searching Wednesday night for heartless thieves who stole hundreds of dollars in cash and medication from a New York City animal charity.

04/13/2011

Travolta To Play ‘The Dapper Don’ In Upcoming Gotti Film; Lohan In Talks

On Tuesday, Travolta announced that he has signed with Fiore Films to play mob boss John Gotti in the upcoming feature film “Gotti: Three Generations.”

04/12/2011

Charlie Sheen

Sheen’s ‘Violent Torpedo Of Truth’ Fails Big At Radio City

Despite a 30-minute late start there was a Big Apple welcome for Charlie Sheen at the legendary Radio City Music Hall on Friday night — a rousing standing ovation. But the fandemonium was short lived.

04/08/2011

A car is seen after crashing into a storefront off the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City - Queens, NY - Apr 6, 2011 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

2 Hurt In Another Car Crash By Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

It has happened again: for the second time in two weeks, a car careened off the road at the Ed Koch Queensboro bridge and smashed into a building.

04/06/2011

Tenafly Little League

Tenafly Little League Calls For Mandatory Fingerprinting Of All Volunteers

A New Jersey Little League is taking safety up a notch. For the first time they’re requiring all their volunteers be fingerprinted. We’re talking coaches and concession stand workers, too.

04/05/2011

Brazen Burglar Robs 7 Homes In Westchester Neighborhood

After residents settled in for the night, police say a brazen burglar struck seven homes in one Hastings-on-Hudson neighborhood.

03/30/2011

Residents Shocked After Seeing Saplings Uprooted In Van Cortlandt Park

A witness said she saw nearly a dozen boys pull the saplings out of the ground and throw them at each other and people passing by.

03/28/2011

East Or West? Some NYC Street Signs Cause Confusion

All the signs on bus stops lining Fifth Avenue from 59th Street to 110th Street on the Upper East Side said the streets were west streets.

03/23/2011

Search On For Bronx Mother Of 4 Missing Since Friday

Authorities said 40-year-old Tina Adovasio was last seen at her home at 1166 Edison Avenue in the Bronx around 9 p.m. on March 11.

03/15/2011

Commuter Files Suit Against LIRR Over Lack Of Service

A commuter said he’s fed up with paying for service he’s not getting on the Long Island Rail Road. So he’s suing the railroad on behalf of all commuters.

03/09/2011

Teaneck, N.J. fire

Investigators: Teaneck Fire Set To Mask Murder

Police are searching for clues and a motive after a New Jersey father was shot and then his home was set on fire as an apparent cover-up.

03/08/2011

Why Do Gas Prices Jump So High Seemingly Overnight?

It’s hard not to think you’re being gouged when you see the gas prices spike, and in some cases, you are. Aside from that, though, the buying and selling of gasoline is a complicated business based on anticipation as much as reality.

03/03/2011

552 Academy St.

Deplorable Conditions Send Inwood Building Residents To Streets

They were forced out. Dozens of families in Upper Manhattan were suddenly homeless Friday night after their apartment building was deemed too dangerous to live in.

02/18/2011

Paralyzed Desert Storm Vet Fighting To Keep His Home

A paralyzed veteran who once fought for his country is now fighting to keep his home. The North Bergen Housing Authority is trying to evict the former marine because he’s getting help from a friend.

02/16/2011

Westchester Woman Arrested In Death Of 70-Year-Old Mom

In Westchester County, police think elder abuse was behind the death of a 70-year-old woman. Her own daughter is now under arrest, accused of brutally beating her mother.

02/10/2011

"Little Darth Vader"

Volkswagen’s Little ‘Vader’ Meets The Original In NYC

We are finally getting a look at the face behind the mask. With millions of people viewing the ad on television and online, 6-year-old Max Page has become an instant superstar.

02/07/2011

Brooklyn front stoops on Monitor Street

City Lays Down Law To Some Residents: Lose The Stoop

Imagine spending a fortune to beautify your front yard, only to find out it doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to New York City. That’s what’s happening in one Brooklyn neighborhood.

02/02/2011

Kids Suffer CO Poisoning As Mom Digs Out Car

A Nissan Altima nearly became a death trap on Thursday afternoon. Two children were hospitalized, one in critical condition, after being overcome by carbon monoxide gas in the Bronx.

01/27/2011

Word Of The Day In Snowy Tri-State: Florida

Another storm bore down on the Tri-State area on Wednesday, bringing groans and the potential for as much as a foot of new snow to areas already buried by a winter that is on track to be the worst in years.

01/26/2011

Omar and Dania Audi

Lebanese Couple Granted Permission To Stay In U.S. With Sick Son

Last month we told you about Queens couple being deported and forced to leave their son behind as he battles a deadly disease. On Tuesday immigration officials delivered good news to the family.

01/25/2011

Archdiocese Unhappy About Newark Statue’s Placement

A statue of St. Patrick that has graced the sanctuary at Sacred Heart Church in Newark for more than 40 years now overlooks the dining room at Cryan’s Beef and Ale House.

01/24/2011

Dr. Lorenzo Cervantes

Jets Fans Fighting The Good Fight In Belly Of The Beast

The search for Jets fans in Pittsburgh continued Friday and we found Gang Green faithful entrenched well behind enemy lines as the seconds click down toward the AFC Championship game on Sunday night.

01/21/2011

Pittsburgh nightlife

AFC Championship: Searching For Nightlife In ‘Steel City’

The Jets’ road to glory goes through Pittsburgh, where, depending on the time and, apparently, the weather, the nightlife can be quite inviting.

01/20/2011

Pittsburgh pierogis

No Good Pizza? No Problem; Pittsburgh Loves Its Pierogis

This rivalry between the Jets and Steelers, New York and Pittsburgh, isn’t just about football. It’s also about food. And as it turns out, the “Steel City” has plenty of different kinds to be proud of.

01/20/2011

A Jets Fan In Pittsburgh? Good Luck Finding One

The Jets are on the road to glory. With one hurdle left to clear before the Super Bowl the team is getting ready to take on the Steelers this weekend in Pittsburgh. But are there any Jets fans in the “Steel City?”

01/19/2011

Cops: Gang Of Thugs Targeting, Robbing Older Women In Queens

Police are warning women in Jamaica, Queens to be on high alert for a group of robbers they say are targeting older women getting in and out of their cars.

01/17/2011

New York v. Boston: Rivalry Heats Up

There’s nothing like a rivalry between sports cities, but the one between New York and Boston run much deeper.

01/14/2011

Jets-Patriots Rivalry Heats Up As Reporters Switch Cities

No bigger rivalry than Boston and New York… and it holds true for their football teams as well.

CBS 2 NY–01/13/2011

Homeless Man With Golden Voice Headed To Rehab

From homeless to Hollywood to rehab – the man with the golden voice, Brooklyn native Ted Williams, was admitted for treatment Wednesday.

01/12/2011

Westchester Man Recounts Brutal Dog Pack Attack

For the first time, a Westchester County man mauled by a violent pack of dogs is speaking out about the night he thought his life was over.

01/11/2011

InterContinental New York Hotel

Person Of Interest Sought In Midtown Hotel Death

Authorities said police responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male at the InterContinental New York hotel. The victim was pronounced dead by EMS at the scene.

01/07/2011

Ted Williams is seen after his appearance on "Today" - New York, NY - Jan 6, 2011 - AP Photo/Richard Drew

Man With ‘Golden Voice’ Reuniting With NYC Mom

He’s America’s hottest – and most improbable – star.

01/06/2011

B’klyn Native With ‘Golden Voice’ An Overnight Sensation

Brooklyn native Ted Williams is homeless but not hopeless. The 53-year-old with the golden radio voice now has a brighter future after being featured in a video that has made him an internet sensation.

01/05/2011

LaGuardia Airport

Think It’s Bad Flying Out Of NYC? Try Flying In

The blizzard crippled area airports, and they’re still trying to get back to normal. It’s had a ripple affect all across the country, including Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

12/28/2010

Increasing Airline Costs Frustrating Flyers

The price to fly this holiday season is up as much as 18 percent compared to last year thanks to disappearing discounts.

12/19/2010

L.I. home invasions

L.I. Towns On High Alert Following Home Invasions

Homeowners were advised to be vigilant on Wednesday following a series of violent home invasions. The search is on for a man suspected of attacking a young child, and two women — in two different towns.

12/15/2010

Off-Duty Officer Shot In The Bronx

An off-duty officer was shot outside a diner in the Bronx early Sunday morning, police said.

12/12/2010

Omar and Dania Audi

Lebanese Couple Faces Deportation As Son Fights For Life

Omar Audi is a typical nine-year-old, except that he’s battling a deadly disease – and soon, he may be forced to do it alone, as his parents face deportation.

12/09/2010

Cops: Amityville Teen Killed By Drunken Driver

A heartbroken Long Island mother had an angry message for the accused drunken driver who police say killed her teen daughter as she walked home from volunteering.

12/02/2010

Diehard Jets Fans Take Thanksgiving To The Meadowlands

Thanksgiving won’t mean the traditional warm dining room feel for the Biester family. This year it’s gridiron grub, but no worries. They aren’t going without all the proper fixings.

11/25/2010

NYC subway flasher

Tables Turned On Alleged NYC Subway Flasher

She refused to stand there and take it. So instead, the victim of a subway sexual assault decided to get even. She confronted a flasher right there on a crowded train.

11/23/2010

Illegal street racing in Maspeth, Queens

Residents Fuming Over Illegal Street Racing In Maspeth

City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer and local residents want increased police patrols to stop the potentially deadly practice.

11/22/2010

Behind The Scenes: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is the most watched runway show on the planet. While it may be easy on the eyes, the show’s success depends on a lot of hard work backstage.

11/10/2010

Layaway shopping

Turn Back The Clock: ‘Layaway’ Shopping Again An Option

Call it old fashioned but the shopping payment option known as layaway is making a comeback. And it’s not the only shopping stigma consumers are ignoring to buy big.

11/09/2010

Chilean Miner Preps For NYC Marathon

From complete anonymity to worldwide superstardom, Chile’s Edison Pena, one of the 33 miners who survived being trapped in a mine for 70 days, is soaking up the Big Apple’s welcome.

11/06/2010

NJ Church Outraged At Theft Of Cherished Jesus Statue

Parishioners at a New Jersey church are outraged over the theft of a cherished statue depicting Jesus as a child.

11/03/2010

Pace Football Team Honors Slain Teammate At Game

The Pace University football team paid tribute to Danroy Henry by being lead out to the field by a bag piper. The team also wore black wristbands with Henry’s number on them.

10/30/2010

Eric LeGrand

Prayer Service Held For Paralyzed Rutgers Football Player

A community-wide rally was held on campus Thursday night for paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand.

10/28/2010

NYC Bracing For The Worst From Storm

New York City is preparing for a long night and lots of rain across the area as strong winds started to pick up.

09/30/2010

Time Warner Cable sign

Time Warner Store Tones Down Neon Sign

For the past several days, an Upper West Side neighborhood was lit up like Times Square with light from a store sign. On Wednesday, however, the lights weren’t quite so bright anymore.

09/29/2010

Time Warner Cable sign

Neon Sign-Gate: Time Warner Angers UWS Residents

Some Manhattan residents are having a tough time going to sleep at night. A Time Warner Cable storefront sign is lighting up the Upper West Side and residents say it’s too bright.

09/28/2010

Judge Says Lindsay Lohan Should Receive Bail

A judge says Lindsay Lohan can be released on $300,000 bail after the actress appealed a judge’s decision to send her to jail for nearly a month.

09/24/2010

US Hiker Freed From Iranian Jail Arrives In New York

An American hiker freed after spending over a year in an Iranian jail is now telling her side of the story. Sarah Shourd said she’s no spy, and neither are the two friends she left behind in Tehran.

09/19/2010

NYC Still Picking Up The Pieces After Violent Weather

The two twisters that tore through Queens and Brooklyn left a 14-mile path of destruction, forcing many people to spend their weekend cleaning up the downed trees and debris, CBS 2’s Jay Dow reports.

09/18/2010