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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kate Sullivan, Co-Anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning

Kate Sullivan joined WCBS-TV in April 2006 as co-anchor of "CBS 2 News This Morning" with Maurice DuBois, weekdays from 5-7 a.m.

A native of New England, Sullivan most recently anchored KATV’s "Live at Five" and "Channel 7 News at 6" in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

She joined KATV in August 2002, was promoted to "Live at Five" news anchor and in September 2003, and took on lead anchor responsibilities as well as special assignment reporting. 

Sullivan covered 9/11 from New York, where she brought back the reality of Ground Zero and the stories of Arkansans who lost loved ones in one of the greatest tragedies of our generation.

Before KATV, Kate worked as a general assignment reporter and intern at WSBT in South Bend, Indiana and at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Sullivan has won several awards, including an Emmy Award and the Associated Press "First Place" award for “Breaking News.” Kate Sullivan graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. She currently resides in Manhattan.  Whom You Know is pleased to present her as our latest Mover and Shaker!

Peachy Deegan interviewed Kate Sullivan for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: Did you and Lonnie Quinn have a bet during the Holy War, and if so what did you bet?  Did he pay up?
(The Holy War is when Notre Dame plays BC.)
Kate Sullivan: Yes we did! Friendly wager made on the air…Notre Dame won!! But No I have not made Lonnie pay up…he gets a pass for being seriously one of the sweetest men in NYC.

What do you enjoy most about being on the air?
I enjoy being a part of so many people’s daily routines and lives.  Especially working the early morning shift, people wake up and turn on the television.  To have a chance to be the first person to say good morning, inform them on what’s going on in the world and hopefully send them out the door with weather and traffic information and hopefully a laugh too is a great privilege.

We love your glasses.  Who designs them?
Thank you so much! Ralph Lauren

Do you think the trend for on-air personalities is going towards wearing glasses?
Not sure. 

What is the biggest difference between reporting the news in Arkansas compared to Manhattan?
Apples. Oranges. First of all the entire state of Arkansas is less than a million people…that’s the most glaring difference.  Reporting the news here takes an enormous amount of logistical learning from bridges tunnels boroughs ethnic pockets to the rich history that has shaped each corner.  It is a lifelong journey to be a good reporter here. In Arkansas,  I learned that every person has a unique story to tell and that has served me well here as well.

What does it take to win an Emmy?
I won an Emmy for coverage of the Clinton Presidential Library opening.  It was five hours of live coverage as every living President attended and spoke  in honor of the opening of the library.  It was an historical moment and despite the pouring rain it was an absolute thrill to be there and to cover it so extensively.

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence?
Without a doubt my Father.  He always taught me to keep my head down, work hard and expect the best.  He would say if the best hasn’t happened yet just keep working…it will.

What are you proudest of and why?
My relationship with my Mom..she is a gem and I love her dearly.  That and my Scrabble game 
What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan?

Walking the West Village in the Fall.  The Boat House in Central Park in the Summer.

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan?
Shop to buy:  The Hat Shop on Thompson (gorgeous hand made hats)
Shop to browse: Saks Fifth Avenue
Shop to gawk:  Valentino
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan?
Jean-Georges, Sushi of Gari, Ed’s Lobster Bar, Momofuku
What is your favorite Manhattan book?
The Catcher in the Rye

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience?
Running Riverside Park every day.  Ice skating in Wohlman rink in Central Park.

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else?
The fact that you can step into so many different cultures block by block…it is endlessly fascinating! And every day here presents an opportunity for real personal growth.

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience?
The Frick Museum on any given Sunday is my absolute favorite. The Met if I have all day and absolutely no plans or distractions.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
Underrated: the people!  New Yorkers are the absolute best! Most interesting outrageous eclectic diverse people on the planet..oh and they have an amazing sense of humor.
Overrated: Times Square.
Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite Whom You Know column and what do you like about it?
Tasty Tidbits - I enjoy this column.  (Peachy's Picks is our endorsement of a restaurant and a graduation from Tasty Tidbits) 

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
If anyone has a GREAT food or restaurant recommendation I would love to hear from them…finding the next greatest place to eat has become a crazy obsession of mine.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?

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