News 12 Long Island Announces Newsroom Changes

By Kevin Eck 

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News 12 Long Island has added and moved anchors and reporters a month after laying off several longtime staffers.

On Feb. 7, longtime anchor Doug Geed will move to the 5 and 10 p.m. newscast. The 35-year News 12 veteran will also continue to report on general assignment and breaking news, in addition to producing and hosting The East End.

Geed will be joined by Mackenzie Maynard at 10 p.m. Maynard most recently worked at WTNH in Hartford, Ct.

News12 has also added Janice Lieberman as a consumer reporter and anchor. Lieberman has worked on NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNBC’s Steals and Deals as well as on local stations WABC and WCBS.

Long Island native Rich Barrabi will spearhead the launch of the Alert Center on the morning newscast. The Alert Center will focus on developing and breaking news through the integration of broadcast, digital and social media content.

Barrabi joins Long Islanders Elizabeth Hashagen, Erin Colton, Elisa DiStefano and meteorologist Rich Hoffman on the morning broadcasts. Barrabi will continue to anchor the region’s weekly Power & Politics broadcast.

News 12 also recently added Long Island native Addison Green to the network as a weather anchor for Long Island and Westchester. Green comes from KHOU in Houston. He’s also worked for 24/7 weather channel WeatherNation, CBS News, Fios 1 and WNYW in New York.

Krista McNally, another Long Island native who previously reported for News 12, returns to the network today as a crime reporter. After leaving News12, she worked for Fox News and Fios 1, specializing in reporting through digital and social media.

News 12 is also promoting Thema Ponton to full-time anchor and reporter. Ponton will anchor weekend evenings for Long Island and Westchester, while also reporting on general assignment news on weekday evenings. She has been a part-time anchor and reporter for News 12 since joining the network in 2019.

Macy Egeland will move to weekend mornings on February 12, anchoring for both Long Island and Westchester and contributing reporting on the morning and 5 p.m. newscasts. Egeland has been with News 12 for the past five years.

“These newsroom changes increase News 12’s journalistic commitment to reporting on the local stories that matter and that are affecting the safety, livelihoods and wallets of Long Islanders,” said Jacques Natz, general manager of News 12. “The mix of our veteran News 12 anchors—with new accomplished anchors, reporters and meteorologists—further strengthens News 12’s role in providing high-impact content in our award-winning newscasts.”

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