Marla Diamond

marla diamond headshot Marla DiamondI began my career at WCBS in the fall of 1997 as the station’s New Jersey Correspondent…and I learned one thing. It’s a big state! I grew up never really leaving the confines of Cherry Hill…until I attended college at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Nearly right out of college in 1992 I was hired as a reporter for WCTC Radio just down the road. After five yers there it was on to the big leagues! And I spent a lot of time in the car…getting to some very interesting assignments from Bergen to Cape May Counties.

I got tired of driving…and took a job in Public Relations for a major New Jersey Hospital, but it really wasn’t for me! I missed radio so much I begged for my job back and they gave it to me! In my years at WCBS I have had the privilege to be a part of some of the city’s biggest breaking news stories… I am often brought to tears by New Yorkers’ random acts of kindness and courage. But I really enjoy the offbeat. The people who give this city it’s pulse and craziness. It is so much fun bringing their stories to you!

I have won numerous awards in my career at WCBS, but none so fulfilling as picking up the Art Athens Award in the summer of 2007 for General Excellence in radio reporting.

Most memorable stories: Spending a week on a UJA Mission to Israel; A New York to New Orleans convoy after Hurricane Katrina; 9/11; covering and running in four New York City Marathons
Why I’m a journalist: I always want to be the first to know!
Hometown: York, PA
Favorite vacation: Two weeks on my honeymoon in Italy
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite movies: ‘Gone with the Wind’; ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1939 was a great year in cinema)
Favorite books: ‘The Kite Runner’; ‘The Glass Castle’; ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’
Favorite television show: ‘Sex and the City’
Favorite pastimes: Spending time with my family, running, cooking, knitting

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Orange & Rockland: Most To Have Power By Midnight

New City homeowners Joe Bricks and Kirk Reilly were explaining the misery of living on generator power to WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond, when suddenly the power came back.


Grete Waitz - Oslo, Norway - Sep 23, 2009 (credit: ROALD BERIT/AFP/Getty Images)

2011 New York City Marathon Dedicated To Grete Waitz

Champion marathon runner Grete Waitz was a constant presence on the first weekend in November in Yew York City.


Runners at the start of the New York City Marathon - Nov 7, 2010 (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

New York Road Runners Considered Adding Second NYC Marathon

With the New York City Marathon (the world’s largest) growing in popularity, race organizers say making it a two-day event has been considered.


Joe Bastianich (file / credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Restauranteur Joe Bastianich Running In 4th NYC Marathon

There is at least one runner in this Sunday’s New York City Marathon who eats for a living,


Mayor Michael Bloomberg and officials paint the finish line for the 2011 New York City Marathon in Central Park - New York, NY - Nov 2, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Mayor Bloomberg, Officials Paint Finish Line For New York City Marathon

After joining officials to paint the finish line in Central Park, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the park will be ready for this Sunday’s New York City Marathon.


Michelle King Gonzales - Oct 20, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Iraq War Veteran From Staten Island Running In NYC Marathon

Running long distances became an anchor for Michelle King Gonzales during her three tours in Iraq.


Brooklyn’s Sal Polizzi Overcomes Personal Tragedy To Run NYC Marathon

When Sal Polizzi isn’t running the family pizzeria in Bushwick, Brooklyn, he’s running.


NJ Father And Son In NYC Marathon To Outrun Cancer

When Sam Rausa of Middletown, New Jersey was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, the prognosis wasn’t good. Now, he and his son are hitting the pavement together!


Rob Vassilarakis Goes From Living On Streets To Running Them In New York City Marathon

A nosy mom who couldn’t accept her son changed his life forever.


ACLU: Teacher Who Made Anti-Gay Comments Has First Amendment Protection

A Union County, N.J. high school teacher is in hot water after making anti-gay postings on Facebook, but she’s receiving support from an unlikely source.


Cyclists set off on their relay - New York, NY - Oct 21, 2011 (credit: Susan Elefant / Lighthouse International)

Blind Cyclists On Their Way In 24-Hour Relay Across NYC

There was a spirited send off for a 24-hour bike relay across the five boroughs of New York City where half the riders are visually impaired.


Poster for new bullying hotline - New York, NY - Oct 19, 2011 (credit: Stan Brooks / 1010 WINS)

Teachers Union Funds New Hotline For NYC Students Being Bullied

New York City school kids who are being bullied now have a hotline they can call, one staffed by mental health professionals.


Davidovich Bagels

Queens-Based Company Looks To Fill H & H Bagels UWS Location

When H&H Bagels closed up its Upper West Side location in June, it left a neighborhood yearning for fresh hot bagels.


Gilad Shalit (file / credit: Free Gilad Shalit)

Tri-State Area Jews Celebrate Pending Release Of Hostage Gilad Shalit

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas in 2006 and now his release is expected within days. That has the Jewish community around the world, and in the Tri-State Area, overjoyed.


‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protest Prompts Concern About Conditions In Zuccotti Park

“The park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16th and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels,” said Zuccotti Park owners Brookfield Office Properties.