First, yes…my parents named me after Elton John’s ’70s hit, so go ahead and sing a verse if you cross my path…I love it. I’m originally from 3rd Ward in Houston, Texas (and still a proud Houstonian…especially with sports), but prior to WCBS I lived for six years in the great city of Cleveland, where I was a Reporter for WTAM 1100. While there, the Associated Press gave me a few awards–including one for covering a story where I watched over 27-hundred people strip nude for a photo shoot. Yeah. That’s probably why I wear glasses…
Before Cleveland, I spent a year and a half at WENY in Elmira, New York and eight months making minimum wage at a country station in Columbia, Missouri. I now think “The Gambler” is one of the greatest songs ever. My career actually got started at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I graduated in 1996 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. I learned a heck of a lot. The book lessons came in handy, too.
These days, I call Jersey City, NJ home, and the Garden State is my beat. This means I want to know what’s up with every issue, group and area around New Jersey.
I still can’t think of any mind-blowing, descriptive phrases to note how happy I am to be a News Reporter for WCBS 880 in New York. By the way, I love NYC. So maybe the best I can say is, “I feel right at home.”
A north Jersey couple with ties to Japan have put together a benefit 5K run on Sunday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City to raise money to help Japan’s recovery efforts.
Residents and town leaders met with power companies Thursday night in Scotch Plains.
Ravi faces 15 charges, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy, for the September 2010 incident. Those charges could land Ravi in prison for 10 years, if convicted.
A natural gas pipeline bound for Manhattan is planned to go under parts of Hudson County and both supporters and opponents got to voice their opinions at a meeting in Jersey City on Wednesday night.
Instead of digging cash out of your wallet to buy train or bus tickets NJ TRANSIT commuters will now be able to use their smartphones to just tap and pay.
Motorists who use the exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway better make sure they’re carrying coins starting Monday. Cameras will be activated at all 84 exact-change lanes to catch toll cheats.
Participants aligned with the Occupy Wall Street protest have removed their tents from New Jersey’s World War II Memorial in Trenton after police told them they could not keep any “permanent structures” at the site.
Head of school Miguel Brito says they got several anonymous gifts totaling $22 million, paying off the mortgage.
On Wednesday Christie was in Paramus – a key campaign district for Republicans – to meet with retirees to talk about their property taxes.
According to EPA spokesperson Bonnie Bellow, about 200 million gallons of water flooded the property and electricity was “totally knocked out” by the storms.
P.S. 9 took in over 200 children from Paterson and other neighboring towns whose schools were flooded out after last month’s storms. The new students need help fitting in.
Organizers say problems obtaining permits forced them to move New York’s annual Korean harvest festival to New Jersey.
A New Jersey assemblyman is calling on the governor to scrap NJTV after what he calls an “unacceptable” lack of coverage of Gov. Chris Christie’s news conference on Tuesday.
Even with the flooding some farms have had this year, many are ready for the upcoming pumpkin season.
The Garden State ranks 46th in the country when it comes to states taking part in the school breakfast program.
New Jersey homeowners are slowly recovering from flooding that devastated much of the state, but in most cases the damage is already done.
According to Gov. Chris Christie, the biggest problem in education in New Jersey is comfort.
A chalkboard and other classroom materials damaged by the recent flooding are being tossed into large trash bins outside Memorial Middle School.
State officials said Monday that the NY/NJ Baykeeper can go ahead with plans to establish an oyster colony at a protected pier at the Earle Naval Weapons Station in Monmouth County.
A New Jersey man, Richard West, filed a whistleblower complaint against Maxim Healthcare Systems after figuring out he’d been overbilled.
The action comes amid a report that a principal, the school board president, and a supervisor of custodians had enrolled their children in the free or reduced lunch program even though they don’t meet requirements.
Mayor Cory Booker said a shooting near the toy gun exchange event illustrates just how vital such initiatives are to curbing the cycle of violence.
The price to park and hang out for a day at Sandy Hook could go from $10 one-day passes to $20 two-day passes, if the National Park Service’s proposal goes through.
Fitch Ratings has downgraded New Jersey’s general obligation bonds to AA- from AA.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a darling of the Republican party. Rumors, questions and talk of him running for president just keep coming up.
The Port Authority board is slated to vote on a massive proposed toll and fare hike. After that, it heads to the governors of New Jersey and New York.
More than $10 million in state funds were cleared Monday to protect New Jersey’s historical assets, including President Grover Cleveland’s birthplace.
A New Jersey judge has ruled that four major banks can resume uncontested foreclosure actions in the state under court monitoring.
A decade after a discrimination court settlement, the percentage of black troopers has dropped from 8 percent to 6.4 percent in a state with an almost 14 percent African American population.
If you’ve always wanted to work in federal law enforcement, you’re in luck. The FBI is hiring.
In the end, a 19-year-old didn’t get probation or even community service for punching a fellow student last year in Palisades Park High School cafeteria.
Starting October 29, the monument will be getting a $27.25 million makeover.
Revenues have been down for 34 straight months, but experts say the almost three-year long streak could be broken soon.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is putting in his two cents when it comes to the proposed massive toll and fare hike from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Levin Management is out with its mid-year survey of 1,000 retailers in the Garden State.
Veterans from around the Garden State gathered at the VFW Post in Garfield Thursday as part of the Mission of Honor’s efforts to never let those who served be forgotten.
It’s no real surprise that a report from consultants Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. lists the Garden State as has having the region’s highest number of upcoming job cuts.
Ordering “extra sugar” at the Dunkin’ Donuts along Route 46 in Rockaway Township apparently got you more than just a sweet cup of coffee.
The Enough is Enough Coalition is teaming with other local anti-violence groups to get out their message and have Friday declared Stop the Violence Day in Newark.
The mother of the store’s owner says customers have been told to dispute charges with credit card companies. However, the credit card companies are telling some customers it’s too late for that.
With New Jersey’s unemployment rate outpacing the nation, Gov. Chris Christie visited Port Newark on Wednesday to tout a $500 million deal that could lead to 800 new jobs.
Citing an estimated $7.5 million in losses in New Jersey from health care fraud in 2010, the FBI’s Newark office unveiled a series of digital advertisements that will be placed in shopping mall kiosks and on highway billboards across the state.
During one of the winter storms this past season, Long Beach Township sent out a reverse 911 advisory on conditions, but was short some 2,500 homes.
Old 2x4s, tree branches, gas cans, soda cans and water bottles. It’s all being picked up by a detail of about a dozen prison inmates along the Liberty State Park shoreline over the next couple weeks.
South Brunswick Police Sgt. Jim Ryan says the 27-year-old pilot and a 44-year-old female passenger sustained chest and back injuries.
Christie says he will allow the state to begin dispensing medical marijuana despite his concerns over whether federal authorities could prosecute state regulators.
Mayor Cory Booker has joined forces with police officers, firefighters and prosecutors to recruit about 40 children, ages 10-14, to attend a special summer camp where they will learn to report crimes, stay away from gangs and carry fire hoses.
After first taking state aid away from about two dozen urban areas in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie is now trying to find a way to put that money back in the budget.
While the Port Authority takes in proposals to do an airport capacity study Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia, one local aviation advocate says the first thing to do is upgrade the air traffic control system.
Those who test positive will need a doctor’s letter saying there’s a legitimate medical reason and that they’re still fit for duty.
Essex County College and Kean University have been warned by the regional organization which grants accreditation for not having quality systems to track if school and student goals are being met.
A survey done in New Jersey by The National Coalition for Safer Roads found that 77-percent of registered voters favor red light cameras.
If you’ve got a craving for an ostrich egg omelet you might need to find something else to eat.
For all the boaters heading out this weekend, be careful. Extra marine patrols are out on the water.
The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws.
Despite signing the budget, Christie harshly criticized the Democratic legislature, saying they were reverting “to more of the same unrealistic, fantasy budgeting that has plagued Trenton for years.”
Drivers want to be on the road enjoying the hot sumnmer months, not stuck at the Motor Vehicle Commission. But that’s exactly where many New Jerseyans were for hours on Thursday.
While most beachgoers know to get out of the water when a thunderstorm’s coming, not everyone knows that after it rains is the worst time to go swimming.
Seven gay couples and many of their children filed a lawsuit Wednesday to demand New Jersey recognize gay marriage, saying it’s the only way to solve inequities created by the state’s four-year-old civil union law.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed landmark employee benefits legislation requiring a half-million public workers to pay more for pension and health benefits.
Underage drinking is a longstanding problem for cops along the Jersey Shore.
A Westchester-based energy company has gone green in Newark.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a deal to reform public employee benefits is his greatest accomplishment since taking office in 2010.
Thousands of unionized public workers protested outside the Statehouse against legislation that would require a half-million government employees to make sharply higher health care and pension contributions.
Amtrak officials are eyeing an electrical substation in Richmond, Va., as the possible source of a voltage problem that halted trains between New York and Philadelphia.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to North Jersey to hold his 20th town hall of the year as big issues loom at the Statehouse. Wednesday’s town hall event is being held at the Fair Lawn Community Center.
Not every parent wants a picture or video of their child or children posted online.
Christie said in an interview on New Jersey Network’s “On the Line” show that he won’t ask people to do things that might result in prosecution.
The debate over gay marriage in New York has inspired at least one New Jersey lawmaker to try again in the Garden State with similar legislation.
The Coast Guard has suspended their search for a 33-foot sailboat off Sandy Hook. Officials say they think the distress call may be a hoax.
Federal officials in New Jersey have arrested six suspects in connection with a human smuggling ring that had been running since 2008.
“Rescuing a River: The Raritan” will be shown Tuesday night at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen before airing Wednesday on NJN.
Several other states allow for-profit firms to run public schools, but New Jersey hasn’t yet tried it.
About 20 New Jersey Youth Corps student volunteers were working on the cleanup in the scorching heat.
New Jersey Transit passengers can now send text messages to alert authorities about suspicious activity and get schedule information on their phones.
One of the films being featured at this year’s Hoboken International Film Festival looks at a dark day in the history of New Jersey and its educational institutions.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he just found out through a newspaper that he supports raising Hudson River tolls by $2.
Saying that New Jersey doesn’t need and cannot afford its own television station, Gov. Christie on Monday announced a deal that calls for transfer operations of the state-owned New Jersey Network.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a spike in public worker retirements is no surprise as the state wrestles with benefits changes.
A spike in violent crimes since last year and fears of a hot summer to come in Newark, Mayor Cory Booker told the crowd inside Calvary Gospel Church the city will strictly enforce curfew laws.
NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880/AP) — Some of the Garden State’s greatest will be honored Sunday evening as the newest inductees into New Jersey’s Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are a who’s who of luminaries from entertainment, sports and the arts. The list includes actors John Travolta and Queen Latifah, singer Tony Bennett, business magnate Martha […]
Jersey City police have been cracking down on illegal guns in the hopes of a safer summer with Operation Summer Shield.
As loudspeakers broadcast a sermon onto a Newark sidewalk where hundreds of police officers stood at attention, a young girl’s wailing could be heard from inside the church: “I want my daddy back.”
It’s graduation day for K-9 units in Camden County. One of the new graduates is Maximus, a German shepherd from the Gloucester Township Police Department.
A New Jersey man could make some serious money from auctioning off some apparently rare photos of Marilyn Monroe that he’s discovered twice.
The Mendham woman’s confirmation hearing comes more than a year after Gov. Chris Christie picked her to join a court he says it too activist.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that New Jersey will withdraw from a 10-state regional greenhouse gas reduction program by the end of the year, saying the program is ineffective at combating global warming.
Transportation officials have opened a new third lane in each direction along a 17-mile stretch between Toms River and Long Beach Island.
People in one Jersey Shore borough have probably been breaking the law for years without even knowing it.
Most of the American flags are flying again over the graves of veterans at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa after a groundskeeper pulled them up last week.
Drivers who have E-ZPass accounts in other states soon won’t get off-peak discounts when they pass through New Jersey.
The number of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers is down over 40 percent since New Jersey’s Graduated Driver’s License began ten years ago.
When Michael Nilsen told his parents he wanted to go to West Point, they were less than thrilled. But he’s convinced this is right.
Madison Square Garden is undergoing a renovation, which means the New York Liberty WNBA team will be playing at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Since 80 percent of Paterson falls within an Urban Enterprise Zone, the city is using UEZ grant money to buy over 50 new surveillance cameras.
The Interior Department launched a national plan to combat a mysterious disease that has killed more than a million bats in the eastern and southern U.S. and is spreading.
A 20-year-old state DEP program doles out 150,000 fish a year to eat up larvae.
Several towns in north Jersey are trying to crackdown on certain smoking lounges, which have turned into teenage hangouts.
New Jersey officials are awaiting responses from federal prosecutors whether licensed medical marijuana sellers would face arrest.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a deal has been reached to lease the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park racetracks to private operators who will run them without state purse subsidies.