Tuned In Journal

Remembering Yvonne Zanos

Friday, 08 January 2010 12:09 PM Written by

Yvonne Zanos with Marsha Blanco, ACHIEVA CEOThis is a tough one. Not just because I respect and like KDKA-TV consumer reporter Yvonne Zanos and her work but also because of the outpouring of genuine love, friendship and admiration from her colleagues. Hearing them talk about her in such glowing terms is heartbreaking.

Having spoken to Zanos, pictured at left with Achieva CEO Marsha Blanco, just last week, I could attest that her enthusiasm and grateful nature did not flag.

"I work for the best company in the whole world," she said in our phone conversation. "They have been so good to me.

"I have a wonderful family, everybody is close to me," she said, noting a raft of visitors to her home before the holidays. "But I'll be glad to get back to work so I can get some rest."

Writing an obituary is a challenge because there's always a profound sense of importance to it for the sake of the family of the deceased. That feeling of responsibility is only heightened when the obit writer knows the deceased and the people who love him or her.

I think Zanos' death will also be difficult for Pittsburghers. After all, she appeared in reports on the air just last week. I don't think many viewers noticed she'd gotten noticeably thinner in recent months. I get calls about the appearance of TV folks all the time - this week's favorite: "Why is Wendy Bell wearing glasses?" - and no one ever called or e-mailed to ask about Yvonne. She was up front about her cancer diagnosis and we had reported on how she was faring several times, but there she was on TV last week, making it easy to assume she was just fine.

Her passing also hits Pittsburgh TV viewers hard because she wasn't just a TV personality; she was a TV newsperson with the most relatable personality you could imagine. She was one of us. And I have no doubt she will be missed terribly.

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Press tour begins today

Thursday, 07 January 2010 07:01 PM Written by

This morning I'm winging my way out to California (Southwest Airlines, don't fail me now!) for the winter edition of the Television Critics Association press tour.

I'll be on the ground just an hour before the mad dash begins with set visits to "FlashForward" and "Community." Tomorrow is CBS's day of press tour and that's when posting here will begin in earnest.

Sunday (NBC's day) might provide the most interesting executive session of the tour now that rumors are swirling that NBC intends to move Jay Leno back to 11:35 p.m. and shift Conan O'Brien somewhere.

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Have I lost that loving feeling for 'Big Love'?

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 07:01 PM Written by

BIG LOVE: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bill Paxton, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin. photo: Lacey Terrell I've been a fan of HBO's "Big Love" (9 p.m. Sunday) from the beginning of the show's run, so it pains me to write that the series may be running out of steam. Or maybe getting lost in the billows of steam created by all its furiously grinding parts.

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TLC's gripping 'Brace for Impact'

Tuesday, 05 January 2010 07:01 PM Written by

Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III stands in front of the salvaged plane at J. Supor and Son wrecking yard, Harrison, NJ.Because we've all heard the story of US Airways Flight 1549 and its miraculous landing on the Hudson River last Jan. 15, I didn't expect much out of TLC's "Brace for Impact" (9 p.m. Sunday).

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Local woman makes 'Bachelor' debut

Monday, 04 January 2010 04:48 PM Written by

THE BACHELOR: ON THE WINGS OF LOVE - Last season on ABC's "The Bachelor," a Pittsbugher was cast as the Rhymes-With-Witch Girl. This year, a Peters native is the Wacky Girl. (It could be worse, there's also the Crazy Girl. And presumably Elmore is not The Cheating Girl.)

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