Former WCVB anchor Bianca de la Garza is coming back home to channel 5 in January.
Hearst Television's acclaimed weekly political magazine show "Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien" expands its reach this week to 85% coverage of the United States.
Danielle Vollmar has been the weekend morning meteorologist at WCVB-TV ABC 5 in Boston since 2013.
Before coming to WCVB, Danielle freelanced at WXTF-TV FOX 29 in Philadelphia, and prior to that was the evening meteorologist for KDAF-TV CW 33 in Dallas, TX. In Dallas, she also hosted KDAF's "Eye Opener" show that also aired on some other Sinclair owned stations. She has also worked for KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City, OK; WENY-TV in Elmira, NY; and WBOC-TV in Salisbury, MD.
A native of Lansdale, PA, Danielle is a graduate of Cornell University where she studied atmospheric science and communications.
1. What kind of phone do you have, and what are your favorite apps? I have the Iphone 5s and to be honest the app I have been using the most is the WCVB Boston Weather App. I always have to keep track of the weather since it seems like it snows almost every day and we have had 4 winter storms in 3 weeks. When I am not busy with winter weather, I do like the instagram app a lot because I love seeing all the scenic photos people take.
2. Favorite and least favorite news topics to cover (besides violent crime)? Since I am a meteorologist I really only cover weather topics so my favorite kind of weather to cover is severe weather. Most people don't know this but while I am originally from the Northeast, I spent over 4 years of my career in Oklahoma City & Dallas so I did a lot of tornado coverage. My least favorite weather to cover is river flooding. I will admit this winter I have enjoyed being out in the winter storms & blizzards! You never know if you will find me blowing in the wind in Sandwich or shoveling out fire hydrants in Peabody. My job is fun!
3. If you weren't working in TV news, what would you be doing? I really love what I do so that is a hard question. I do coach lacrosse for the 5th/6th grade girls of Concord, MA so maybe I would make that full time. I also have been told I could teach since I do a lot of school visits during the year...so maybe that too? Obviously something with kids!
4. What was your favorite cartoon growing up? I watched many cartoons but Scooby Doo was probably my favorite. I loved the mystery and their funny voices.
5. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? If I have 30 minutes you will normally find me taking a quick nap or else going for a run. I like the first choice a lot more!
6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I have always wanted to go Bora Bora. It seems just so beautiful & warm! I would love a little cabana on the ocean right about now.
7. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? I would love to have dinner with Oprah. I used to watch her show almost daily and I just think she is fascinating. She was such a "real" person on tv and does so much good in the world. Plus, I just got done reading her book "What I Know For Sure" and I would love to have her tell me some of the stories in person!
8. Do you collect anything? Honestly, if you have ever looked into my closet you would say I collect all things clothes & shoes, but then again I am a female! HAHA!
9. What are the top 3 played songs on your iPod? Right now I love Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do". However, I do use my iPod when I run so I play on repeat "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor & "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi.
10. What is one of your favorite quotes? “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” - Anthony J. D'Angelo
11. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person? My last experience that made me a stronger person was running the Boston Marathon last year. It not only pushed me to run farther than I ever had, but I ran through snow, ice, and extreme cold during my training runs all on my own. However, when I crossed that finish line & knew that I had not only finished in my goal time but raised over $7,000 for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital it was totally worth it!
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Juli McDonald is a general assignment reporter at WCVB-TV ABC 5 in Boston.
Juli joined WCVB in November 2014 from WWLP-TV NBC 22 in Springfield, MA where she had been an anchor and reporter for almost four years. Prior to joining WWLP Juli was an anchor and reporter at KFYR-TV NBC/FOX 5 in Bismarck, ND. She started her professional career at New England Cable News as a production assistant, and also spent time as an intern at WFXT-TV in Boston.
A native of Norwood, MA, Juli is a 2009 graduate of Emerson College where she earned a Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.
1. What kind of phone do you have, and what are your favorite apps? My iPhone 6 is just about glued to my hand. I'm always on Twitter; I love how I can get so much information in one place, and connect easily with people for stories. I really like taking photos, so I spend a lot of time on Instagram, too (what was life before the Valencia filter?). And I'm amazed every time Shazam correctly identifies an obscure song in a loud restaurant!
2. Favorite and least favorite news topics to cover (besides violent crime)? I love military homecomings! No matter how many I see, I could bawl every time! The stories make me feel so thankful and humbled by the sacrifices of our military AND their spouses and kids! My least favorite stories to cover are when people have been taken advantage of or abused (kids, the elderly, special needs, etc.)
3. If you weren't working in TV news, what would you be doing? I think I would be working with people with special needs. My older brother lives with autism, and our family is so proud of him! He is really successful today because of the dedication of a lot of people over the past thirty years.
4. What was your favorite cartoon growing up? I actually wasn't allowed to watch TV cartoons as a child because my mom thought a lot of them were "fresh" (haha). I did love Disney movies though, especially Pocahontas!
5. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? I haven't lived back home in eastern Mass in almost six years, so when I have free time I'm usually with my family and friends. Or I'm indulging in my guilty pleasure -- reality tv.
6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I've always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, and I can't even pick one city in Italy! History, pizza, art, wine, architecture, and... See next question.
7. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? Pope Francis! I was fortunate to cover his visit to the U.S. for my last station, and I really enjoyed interviewing Catholics and non-believers in DC and New York about his message. He has had such an impact in such a short time; It amazes me how his words and actions hold the attention of so many people of all ages and faiths.
8. Do you collect anything? Probably clothes and makeup. I can't let go of anything. As for a specific item - hats.
9. What are the top 3 played songs on your iPod? You and Me (f. W Darling) by Bassnectar, Lessons in Love by Neon Trees, and Cheap Sunglasses by RAC (my fiancé and I heard this one in Aruba, so every time it comes on I'm reminded of our happy place!).
10. What is one of your favorite quotes? "What's for you will not pass you."
11. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person? Probably waiting to get this job! I have been dreaming of reporting in Boston since high school. There were a lot of days working in Bismarck, ND and especially in Springfield, MA when I really questioned whether I'd ever get here. Many family members and friends have been praying for me and even paying a few bills along the way (thanks mom and dad!), and I feel like the luckiest girl around to now have my dream job at Boston's news leader -- my grandparents' favorite station!
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Ben Simmoneau is joining WCVB ABC 5 as an anchor and reporter, New England One has learned.
David Bienick joining Bostonb's WCVB ABC 5 as a general assignment reporter.
Diane Cho is joining WCVB ABC 5 in Boston as a general assignment reporter, the station has announced.
Following protracted negotiations, DISH and Hearst Television Inc., the parent company of WCVB, have reached an impasse in negotiating a renewal retransmission consent agreement for the carriage of Hearst Television’s broadcast stations on DISH Network’s systems.
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