Pat Farnack

farnack 2011 1936 1 Pat FarnackPat Farnack lives in two different worlds, sipping her early morning coffee watching a herd of deer and wild turkey in her front yard in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania and bringing people the stories they want to hear as midday anchor on WCBS in the heart of Manhattan.

Pat also hosts the WCBS Health & Wellbeing Report and has a weekly column for the Intercounty Newspaper Group in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

She spent twenty years in the Philadelphia market at KYW Newsradio, KYW-TV and WWDB Radio. She was awarded the Broadcast Pioneeer’s Lifetime Achievement Award and multiple winner of the Associated Press Best Newscast Award in Pennsylvania as well as the Best Feature Award for her show “Do I Look Ok?” which was syndicated on fifty stations in the U.S. and Virgin Islands.

She has been on the air at Dow Jones Radio One, WMGK in Philadelphia, WNBC, WINS and WYNY in NY and anchored the evening news on WKBS-TV in Philly, which she swears was the inspiration for the movie “UHF” starring Weird Al Yankovic.

Pat and her husband Louis are currently working on a garden and courtyard. They are building it around a fountain they bought on their honeymoon in Italy.

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New York City Urbanathlon Is This Saturday

Competitors will climb over a long series of city taxi cabs, crawl over city buses, and climb stairs at Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium — along with traditional challenges.


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Now Pitching In The World Series: The Man They Call ‘Scrabble’

Pat Farnack had weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


"The Affair" by Lee Child

Lee Child Has A New Book

Author Lee Child has a new thriller out. It’s called “The Affair” and WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack talked to him about it.


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Occupying Word Street

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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Author Ben Frank Explores Jewish Diaspora In ‘The Scattered Tribe’

Traveling is a real passion for Ben Frank.


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‘And One More Thing’: The Insanely Great Language of Steve Jobs

WCBS 880 anchor Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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Word-Lore, Nerd-Lore

WCBS 880 midday anchor Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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How to Escape the Middle-Class Squeeze

Pat Farnack spoke with Rick Newman of U.S. News & World Report.


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Are You ‘Literally’ Going To Explode?

Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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Tough Economy Sends People To Estate Sales

In these challenging economic times, we can learn something from an expert bargain shopper.


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‘Downgrade’ On The Upswing

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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New York City Women Seeking Sugar Daddies After College?

What happens when economic desperation is combined with youth and the internet?


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Nonplussed By Google Plus?

WCBS 880 midday anchor Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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Arianna Huffington Launches New Huffington Post Sites For Women, Parents

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack interviewed founder Arianna Huffington about a big story involving sugar daddies, overcoming fear, and much more.


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Montclair Mom Goes Green By Crafting Eco-Friendly T-Shirts

Sue Zager wanted to start up a business which was environmentally sound, engaged her creative side, fit in with her busy family and brought in some extra money.


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Does E-Mail Have Fingerprints?

WCBS 880 midday anchor Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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Free Running Clinics Being Held In Manhattan Starting This Week

Now that it’s cooled down a little, it’s perfectly safe to get out there for a run once again!


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Trans-Atlantic Peeving

WCBS 880 midday anchor Pat Farnack will be having her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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St. Peter’s University Hospital Hosting Epilepsy Event Saturday

Epilepsy has been around since ancient times, but remains challenging, even today.


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A Muggle’s View Of Potter-Speak

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


"A Dog's Purpose" by W. Bruce Cameron

W. Bruce Cameron’s ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Is Headed To The Big Screen

What if your dog had a previous life? Or several previous lives?


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Bloomberg Adds Voice To Debt Ceiling Debate As Republicans Offer Obama Deal

Bloomberg said talk about deficit reduction and the debt ceiling need to be separated. He says that would increase the likelihood of a deal and reduce the odds of financial damage to the economy.


WCBS 880 Interview: Are You Addicted To Social Media?

If you’re really into social media, you might want to ask yourself some questions.


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WCBS 880 Interview: Car Makers Leaving Something Out — The Spare Tire!

One of the basics of motoring is going the way of the 8-track.


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Get Free Lunch And Iced Tea In NYC On National Iced Tea Day!

Today is National Iced Tea Day. You probably didn’t even know there was such a thing!


WCBS 880 Interview: Are Americans Too Big To Drive Small Cars?

So many people want to buy smaller, more fuel efficient cars to save money, but some think they just can’t fit.


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The ‘Arab Spring’ Has Sprung

Did you hear the chat with language maven Ben Zimmer?


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AOL Selling Cupcakes At Grand Central Terminal To Fight Cancer

AOL has given all of its thousands of employees worldwide the day off Friday to give back and help out.


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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Probing Banks’ Role In Mortgage Crisis

Schneiderman is seeking records from three major Wall Street banks as part of a broad investigation into the mortgage crisis that fueled the recession.


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Author Lauren Chattman Says Bake Bread With Mom On Mother’s Day, And Save Money!

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday and a great way to surprise mom might be by making a loaf of bread together in her kitchen, from scratch!


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Musician Charlie Daniels Talks About Stroke Awareness Month

He suffered a stroke while on a snowmobile.


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Royally Speaking

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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Eco-Speak: An Earth Day Glossary

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack had her weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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Writers’ Conference Coming Up At Hunter College In June

Do you have a dream of being the next Stephen King or the next Mary Higgins Clark?


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What’s On The Menu At The Royal Wedding?

Are you wondering what William and Kate will be eating?


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National Lemonade Day Is Coming Up Soon!

Behind it is Michael Holthouse, who thought it was the perfect way to introduce kids to the idea of owning their own business.


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David Baldacci’s New Book

Did you hear WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack speak with author David Baldacci about his new book?


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AOL Joins Military Families Initiative

You may have heard about the military families initiatives spear-headed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Well, a lot of companies are getting on board.


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Mass Confusion?

Did you hear WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack speak with language maven Ben Zimmer?


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Jesse Ventura Suggests Donald Trump Shave His Head

Jesse Ventura, the former Navy SEAL, professional wrestler, and governor of Minnesota is back with a new book and buzz of a 2012 national run.


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The Pitcher With A Thesaurus In His Locker

Did you hear WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack talk with language maven Ben Zimmer about New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey?


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Gain’s ‘Gooder’ Galls Grammar Grouches

Did you hear WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack chat with language maven Ben Zimmer?


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Abercrombie Bikini Top Controvery Sparks Debate On Parenting And Child Fashion

Abercrombie & Fitch has really become popular with the younger end of the teenage market, especially the tween and teen girls.


Finding Jack The Ripper

Did you hear WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack talk to retired British detective Trevor Marriott about the National Geographic Channel special “Finding Jack the Ripper” ?


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How We Got an ‘App’ For That

Did you hear the chat with language maven Ben Zimmer?


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Back To Brooklyn: It’s Puzzlin’ Time!

Did you hear the chat with language maven Ben Zimmer?


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Lauren Bush Helps The Hungry With FEED Foundation

The Bush family has done much to help those in need.


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There Are Many Things We Don’t Need In The Kitchen

Do a quick mental inventory of the things you could not live without in the kitchen.


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Alteration We Can Believe In?

Did you hear the conversation with New York Times “On Language” writer Ben Zimmer?


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Peek-A-Boo ICU Connects Parents To Babies In Ridgewood

Imagine delivering a baby prematurely and then having to leave her behind for treatment in the hospital ICU.


Creative Cups Bras Help Fight Breast Cancer

Creative Cups is the upcoming fundraiser for the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and support program.


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Expert Colleen Plimpton Offers Gardening Tips As Spring Approaches

Today is the first of March and it’s not too early to get a head start on the garden.


"The Crabby Cook Cookbook" by Jessica Harper

Actress Jessica Harper Writes ‘ Crabby Cook Cookbook’

Her cookbook is filled with easy recipes, in English, that everybody will love, she says.


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Mid-Atlantic Hospital Pioneers Spina Bifida Surgery

Spina Bifida occurs when part of the spinal column does not close around the spinal cord.


A Guide To New York City Brothels

Did you hear the interview with the New York Times’ Alison Leigh Cowan?


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Even In Death, Budget Cuts Take A Toll

Did you hear WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack speak with Kate Linebaugh? To read Kate’s piece, CLICK HERE.


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‘Cannot Be Underestimated’

Did you hear the interview with New York Times “On Language” writer Ben Zimmer?


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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Taking Leave Of Absence

Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs sent a note Monday to employees saying he’s taking a medical leave of absence so he can focus on his health.


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Brannock Device’s Patent Expires

You may not know the Brannock Device by name, but you’ve most likely used it.


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The 2010 Words Of The Year: And The Nominees Are…

Did you hear the chat with New York Times “On Language” writer Ben Zimmer?


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Unemployment Rate Down To 9.4 Percent In December

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months.


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How The Facebook Economy Trumps The Real One

Did you hear the interview with Rick Newman of U.S. News & World Report?


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Obama Signs Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy

President Barack Obama says valor and sacrifice in the armed forces are no longer defined by sexual orientation.


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Need Christmas Decorating Tips?

As Christmas approaches, your house might need, well, a little something extra.


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Scared Dog? Try Putting Him In A Thundershirt

If you have a very anxious dog who is fearful of thunderstorms or loud noises or who freaks when visitors come to the house, that can be a handful for anyone to deal with.


"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand


Did you hear the chat with “Seabiscuit” author Laura Hillenbrand about her new book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” ?


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Have You Swapped Cookies?

Cookie swaps are a festive way to get everyone together and have a wide variety of cookies – without having to bake them all yourself!


Facebook’s New Facelift Plays Up Photos, Friends

Facebook is redesigning the profile pages of its 500 million-plus users to make it more of a reflection of their real lives and emphasize one of the site’s most popular features, photos.


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‘Scratch Paper’ or ‘Scrap Paper’?

Did you hear the interview with New York Times “On Language” writer Ben Zimmer?


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Some Data-Miners Ready to Reveal What They Know

Did you hear the interview with Emily Steel of the Wall Street Journal?


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Port Mortuary

Did you hear the interview with author Patricia Cornwell about her new book “Port Mortuary” ?


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Urban Mindfulness

Did you hear the interview with Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., author of “Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence & Purpose in the Middle of It All” ?


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Have You Cleaned Up Your Garden This Fall?

Your flowers may no longer be blooming, but it’s not quite time to forget all about your garden.


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Summit To Save The Tigers

Did you hear the interview with Dr. Steven Sanderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society?


The Envoy

New Book About Raoul Wallenberg

Did you hear the interview with Alex Kershaw, author of “The Envoy” ?


Beautiful Oops!

Did you hear the interview with Barney Saltzberg?


New Book On Mickey Mantle

Did you hear the interview with Jane Leavy?


Speakeasy: Taylor Swift’s Solo Act

Did you hear the interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Farley?


“Man Up” Gets Political

Did you hear the interview with New York Times “On Language” writer Ben Zimmer?


Worth Dying For

Did you hear the chat with author Lee Child about his new book?


Can GM Get Its Groove Back?

Did you hear the interview with Megan McArdle of The Atlantic?



Did you hear the conversation with New York Times “On Language” writer Ben Zimmer?


Lost Languages

Did you hear the talk with linguist David Harrison?


Parents’ Weekend

Did you hear the chat with Susan Stewart about parents’ weekend at college?


Making An Amends

Did you hear the chat with New York Times “On Language” writer Ben Zimmer?


Leading Under Pressure

Did you hear the conversation with Dr. Gabriela Cora?



Did you hear the chat with New York Times “On Language” writer Ben Zimmer?