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Did monica malpass leave WPVI?

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Did monica malpass leave WPVI?

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  1. amomipais82
    Hi,
    Sarah Bloomquist has been with WPVI since 2002 and is currently the noon co-anchor/reporter. She joined WPVI as a general assignment reporter. She was promoted to the anchor position in 2005, but would return to the field as a reporter later that year. In September 2005, she filed reports on Hurricane Rita from Texas.
    She came to Philadelphia and WPVI-TV's Action News in August 2002. Since then, she's covered many major stories for Channel 6, including reporting live from Maryland during the sniper scare, and following the Philadelphia Eagles and their faithful fans during the 2002-2003 run for the Super Bowl.
    Sarah came to Channel 6 from WTVG, the ABC-owned station in Toledo, Ohio, where she was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. In 2002, Sarah was awarded First Place in the Spot News Category from the Associated Press of Ohio for her coverage from New York of the September 11 attacks.

    Tamala Edwards
    Tamala Edwards joined WPVI in 2005 and is currently the morning co-anchor. She joined WPVI from ABC News where she served as anchor of ABC World News Now. She had also served as a White House Correspondent for World News Tonight.


    Jim Gardner
    Jim Gardner (born May 17, 1948). On June 1 1976 he became a reporter and noon anchor of WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, joining the station from WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York. In November 1976, he became the anchor of the 5:30 p.m. broadcast. On May 11, 1977, Gardner assumed his current position of anchorman of Action News at 6pm and 11pm Monday-Friday taking over the daily newscasts anchored previously by Larry Kane.
    The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia selected Gardner as "Person of the Year" in 1996 and inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2003.

    Rob Jennings
    Rob Jennings has been with WPVI for over 25 years, serving mainly as anchor of the weekend 6 & 11pm newscasts. For sixteen years, Rob was the producer-reporter for Crimefighters series that aired on Action News. For portions of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he also did weather forecasts for the station.

    Lisa Thomas-Laury
    Lisa Thomas-Laury started at Action News on February 20, 1978 as noon co-anchor and reporter. She was promoted to the 5 p.m. newscast in 1983. While she was at the station, she frequently substituted for Jim Gardner. She also has done the monthly Fast Forward, series, now hosted by Rick Williams, a show geared for teenagers. In 2002, she began to experience health problems. Her first symptoms were tingling in her feet in which she assumed was from too much power walking. Her problem was initially misdiagnosed. She eventually learned that she was suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a rare nervous disorder accompanied with neuropathy (very uncommon in non-diabetics), which coincidentally was the same disorder later suffered by retired Philadelphia 76ers forward Todd MacCulloch. She went on medical leave from Action News for almost a year and returned to work on September 11,2003. She was scheduled to return to hosting the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, which she had missed hosting the previous year. Unfortunately her health problems returned, causing her to miss the parade and return to medical leave. In May 2004, Jim Gardner announced on the air that Lisa Thomas-Laury would be permanently leaving her anchor duties (but not leaving WPVI itself, as Gardner said that the door would be open for her to return when her health permitted) in order to have more time to focus on her recovery. As of today, her health has returned to normal and she made a special guest appearance at the 2005 Thanksgiving Day parade. Lisa Thomas-Laury, an African-American, is one of the first minority women to anchor in a major metropolitan market, a group that currently includes Beverly Williams, fellow WPVI anchor Tamala Edwards, WCAU-TV anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah and KYW-TV anchor Alycia Lane.

    It was announced on the November 22, 2006 11 p.m. news broadcast that Lisa will be returning to the air waves. Lisa was shown in a special Christmas segment and told the viewers that she is now back and joked that she would have to learn the new technology introduced since her departure. She returned to Action News on January 2, 2007 with a report on the opening of Oprah Winfrey's school for girls in South Africa.

    Currently, Lisa now does special reports for Action News at 5 & 11 and fills in on the evening newscasts when one of the anchors are absent.

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