The chestnuts are roasting, the yule log is burning, and it’s another shot at those weighty new year’s resolutions. It’s also the season for the Barmash Awards. The third annual examination of the best TV news personalities in New York.
We begin with the Best Morning Newscast.
Everyone is chasing WABC. The veteran team of Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato, the epitome of morning anchors, along with senior meteorologist Bill Evans are a great combination of talent and chemistry.
Best Sports Anchor—The local Emmy Awards can’t be wrong year after year. Bruce Beck is the most popular sports anchor in New York. Although entertaining, like his predecessor Len Berman, Beck is more nuts and bolts. And it works effortlessly.
Best Weather Anchor–Although Evans and Lee Goldberg at WABC hold their own, this is Lonnie Quinn’s year. The weatherman shined with his, seemingly, non-stop Sandy coverage. Quinn finds a way to entertain and inform, and especially with severe storms, He understands his role perfectly, never causing a panic.
Special Superstorm Sandy Achievement: WPIX
Everyone worked hard to provide Sandy coverage. But Channel 11 took it further. The PIX Morning News did three remotes from areas devastated by the storm. Sukanya Krishnan, Frances Rivera, and Tamsen Fadel took viewers to parts of the Jersey Shore, Staten Island, and Nassau County.
The Reader’s Choice for Best Nighttime Anchor Team: Your selection is Bill Ritter and Liz Cho at WABC. With the dramatic shift of tried and true anchors, viewers are turning more to the stability of the Ritter and Cho combination at 6 p.m.
Most Entertaining Anchor — It may not seem like a compliment, but for those of you who want your anchors with a side order of sarcasm, Chris Wragge is your guy! And with the seemingly unlimited supply of death and destruction, it’s nice to know Wragge can find a moment to make us smile, or even laugh.
Most Versatile Reporter–There are more seasoned reporters, more experienced reporters, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more versatile reporter working in New York than WCBS/WLNY’s Ann Mercogliano. Last year’s “Barmash Award” winner for Best New Reporter, Mercogliano can go from staking out of the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes separation scene to covering the emotionally charged Newtown school shooting. She has an ability to cover all types of stories with the same level of professionalism and detail.