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Happy Birthday To Armonk's Ernie Anastos

Happy birthday to Armonk's Ernie Anastos. The anchorman turns 73 today.
Happy birthday to Armonk's Ernie Anastos. The anchorman turns 73 today. Photo Credit: Ernie Anastos @ErnieAnastos on Twitter

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Armonk's Ernie Anastos.

Ernie Anastos was born July 12, 1943. He is an Emmy-award winning news anchor for New York City's Fox 5 News at 6 p.m.

He is a Hall of Fame Broadcaster and has has won more than 30 Emmy awards and nominations, including "Best Newscast in New York" and the Edward R. Murrow award for broadcast excellence.

After graduating from Northeastern University, Anastos worked as a news man at 98.5/WROR in Boston, as Ernie Andrews. In 1976, Anastos moved to television, becoming an anchor at WPRI-TV in Providence.

Two years later, WABC-TV in New York hired Anastos and he became anchor of the 11 p.m. "Eyewitness News" broadcast, a position that opened when Larry Kane left the station after one year. 

He anchored that broadcast with Rose Ann Scamardella until 1983 and later replaced Storm Field as Kaity Tong's co-anchor at 5 p.m.

Except for a brief period beginning in 1983 when WABC hired Tom Snyder to be anchor, Anastos helmed the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts until 1989, co-anchoring at 5 and 11 with Tong and Roz Abrams at 5 from 1986 to 1989.

Anastos left WABC to take the same position at WCBS-TV where he initially anchored the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscast, replacing Mike Schneider at 5 and 11 pm and Jim Jensen at 6. Jim Jensen was back on at 6 p.m. in 1991. In 1997, Anastos was hired by WWOR-TV to replace Sean Mooney as co-anchor of its 10 p.m. newscast. He later rejoined WCBS in 2001 and left for second time in 2005, after signing a five-year, $10 million contract with WNYW-TV.

At Fox 5, he was partnered with Dari Alexander on the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. On July 2, 2012, he was moved off the 10 p.m. newscast and replaced by "Good Day New York" cohost Greg Kelly, who has since moved back to his prior role and been replaced by Steve Lacy.

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