Legendary New York Anchor Ernie Anastos, 76, is Heading to Harvard

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

He’s been a staple in New York City local news since the ’70s. He’s one of the most well-known names in the market and is best known for replacing Larry Kane, an iconic Philadelphia anchor, at WABC.

Ernie Anastos, who is 76, had most recently been anchoring the 6 and 10 p.m. news at WNYW since 2005, but hasn’t been on the air since March.

And now it’s clear what is next for the longtime news anchor.


The Fox station in New York released a statement saying that Anastos is leaving for Cambridge, Mass., to join Harvard Business School, calling the move “a wonderful educational opportunity to expand on my media experience and create new programming for New York viewers.”

He’s set to study leadership management principles at the school and is a part of a “specialized executive education program in entertainment, media and sports.”

“I will miss my close colleagues, [but] can’t say enough about New Yorkers who are the best TV news viewers in the world,” Anastos said.

He is starting Harvard on June 17. It’s unclear who will fill his WNYW anchor seat.