Ernie Anastos

Ernie Anastos (born July 12, 1943) Ernie Anastos is a legendary New York City Emmy award-winning news journalist recognized as a leading evening anchor spanning four decades at WABC-TV, WCBS- TV and WNYW-TV in the most diverse city in America and media capital of the world. He is the creator of “Positively Ernie “an upbeat program designed to inform, entertain and inspire viewers with stories that help to make the community, country and the world a better place. He is also the distinguished author of career/educational books for young readers. In 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio honored Anastos by designating every March 21st to be Ernie Anastos Day. Anastos is a Hall of Fame Broadcaster and has won more than 30 Emmy awards and nominations, including “The Emmy Lifetime Award,” "Best Newscast in New York" and the Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast excellence. The New York Times recently described him as "the ubiquitous anchorman” and a friend to all New Yorkers." Anastos also is distinguished for being the United States' first Greek-American news anchorman.[1]

Ernie Anastos
Born (1943-07-12) July 12, 1943 (age 77)
Alma materNortheastern University BA, Harvard Business School Management Studies
OccupationTV Anchor/Host
Years active1976–present (television)
Spouse(s)Kelly Anastos


Ernie Anastos has an illustrious career in radio, television and media with an extraordinary record of achievement spanning four decades. He is a celebrated television anchor at three major network flagship stations in New York, ABC 7, CBS 2 and FOX 5 news. Respected by New Yorkers and his colleagues, he has covered major stories that shaped several decades including the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and the 2020 global pandemic. In 2004 from Cuba, he reported on Fidel Castro’s revolutionary reign and has interviewed other noted world leaders including; Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, also Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and South African bishop Desmond Tutu. As a creative media entrepreneur, Anastos has professional management experience in multiple platforms. They include broadcast ownership of FM and AM radio stations in New York State and New England, CEO of his own television production company creating original entertainment programming, launching an Internet youth channel, plus newspaper and magazine publishing. He has also performed on-camera roles as himself in many popular Hollywood motion pictures including Independence Day, Summer of Sam, Run All Night and The Yards. After graduating from Northeastern University with a BA degree in sociology, Anastos worked as a newsman at WRKO and WROR in Boston. In 1976, Anastos moved to television, becoming an anchor at WPRI-TV in Providence. [1]  In June 1978, WABC-TV in New York hired Anastos [2]  and he became anchor of the 11:00 pm Eyewitness News broadcast in November, a position that opened when Larry Kane left the station to return to his Philadelphia. [3]  Anastos anchored the 11pm broadcast with Rose Ann Scamardella until 1983, when she was replaced by  Kaity Tong . Anastos also added the anchor duties for the 5 p.m. newscast at WABC-TV. In 1984, Anastos was paired with Bill Beutel at 4:30pm for Eyewitness Extra after Tom Snyder joined the station briefly to anchor the 11pm news but soon decided to relocate in Los Angeles. Anastos then reclaimed his positions as anchor of the early evening and late newscasts on WABC-TV. He continued to anchor with Kaity Tong until 1986 when Tong was replaced by Roz Abrams.. [4]   In May 1989, Anastos announced he was leaving WABC-TV after eleven years. He moved to rival station WCBS-TV in June 1989 as the lead anchor of the 5pm. 6pm and 11pm news with Michele Marsh and Carol Martin. While at WCBS-TV, he helped the station recapture its lead in the local ratings and was also a substitute host on CBS This Morning. From 1995-2000 Anastos became involved in radio and TV broadcast ownership while also host anchoring various assignments including, WWOR-TV and Lifetime’s Our Home. [6] In 2001, he returned to WCBS-TV as the lead anchor at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm with co-anchor Dana Tyler. He extensively covered The World Trade Center attacks on

9/11. During his tenure at WCBS-TV Anastos again achieved high ratings in the local news race. In 2005, he signed a highly publicized five-year, $10 million contract with WNYW- TV. [4]  At Fox 5, he was partnered with Rosanna Scotto, for the news at 5 and 10p.m. Later, Scotto was moved to co-host Good Day and replaced by Dari Alexander to anchor with Anastos on the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscast until 2012. [4]   At that time, Anastos took over the 6pm news anchor role on Fox 5 in 2012 with a newly revamped format to include more live interview segments and positive news stories. In June 2019, Anastos announced plans to relinquish his anchoring duties at WNYW-TV to enroll at Harvard Busines School to study a curriculum of leadership and management courses to prepare for a new chapter in his career, including plans to help serve the city of New York in an official capacity in the field of media and communications. Many special media tributes were presented to Anastos for his outstanding achievements, including an on-air video prepared by Fox 5’s Arthur Chi’en. [14]


He has won 30 Emmy Awards and nominations, including the Emmy Lifetime Award and Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in writing. He has been profiled in the International Who's Who of Intellectuals. [8]  A Phi Kappa Phi honoree, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University in Boston, where he is a member of the university board. [8]  He has completed additional studies at Harvard Business School and holds several honorary doctorate degrees from Marist College, Sacred Heart University and New York Institute of Technology. [ citation needed ] . In May 2008, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Manhattanville College. [citation needed] On March 21, 2017, Ernie was honored by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, to have March 21 named Ernie Anastos Day in New York City. Other distinguished awards include; Ellis Island Medal of Honor, New Yorker of the Year Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and a National Father of the Year Award.

Radio ownershipEdit

A Saratoga Springs, New York-based radio station WJKE. The partnership, known as the Anastos Media Group, soon bought several other stations in the Capital District of New York State and later entered the eastern New England media market. The daily operations of the group were handled in part by Anastos' son Phillip and daughter Nina. [citation needed]  Effective September 7, 2012, the stations—WABY, WQAR, WUAM and its translator W291BY, and WVKZ—were sold to Empire Broadcasting Corporation for $1.2 million. Anastos is also president of Ernie Anastos World Television, Inc. which has co-produced “New York Star of the Day,” “Ernie Anastos in New York,” and “Positively Ernie” which all appeared on WNYW-TV in New York.


  1. ^ Papadatos, Markos. "Up Close and Personal with Broadcaster Ernie Anastos". Retrieved 2021-04-12.

1. ^ Wilson, Michael (January 31, 2010). "The Importance of Being Ernie". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 2. ^ "The Local Line". Chicago Tribune. June 1, 1978. p. 26. Retrieved January 25, 2018 – via  3. ^ "Anchors Selected by ABC". The Asbury Park Press. November 5, 1978. p. 17. Retrieved January 25, 2018 – via  4. ^ Jump up to: a   b   c   d  Huff, Richard (June 30, 2009). "Fox 5 anchor Ernie Anastos heads into final year of $10 million contract". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 5. ^ wcbs-as-co-anchor-june-12.html 6. ^ home-anastos-hosting-lifetime-daytimer-article-1.707101 7. ^ Starr, Michael (June 28, 2012). "Ch. 5 shake-up: Ch. 5 surprise: Ernie out at 10, new a.m. guy". New York Post. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 8. ^ Jump up to: a   b   c   d   e   f   g   h   i   j  "Ernie Anastos". WNYW MyFoxNY. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-07- 20. 9. ^ Video: Ernie Anastos Drops F-Bomb Chicken Combo On Air Archived2010-01-08 at the  Wayback Machine . 10. ^ "Keep Fucking That Chicken: Ernie Anastos, News Anchor, Curses On Air (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. September 17, 2009. 11. ^ Ernie Anastos at IMDb 12. ^ "Full cast and crew for '24' Day 8: 1:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. (2010)". Retrieved 2013-07-20. 13. ^ d_to_Board_of_Trustees_at_NYIT_New_York_In/ 14. ^ Ernie Anastos leaves FOX 5 NY for Harvard | Tribute to a New York TV Legend

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