Sharon Tay has moved from KCAL9’s weeknight 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts to sister station CBS2 to anchor that station’s weekday 4:30-7:00 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. newscasts. Tay joins co-anchor Rick Garcia, meteorologist Evelyn Taft and traffic reporter Stephanie Simmons.
Since Tay, Garcia and Taft began working together in August 2010, KCAL 9 ranks first in viewers among newscasts in the highly competitive 10 p.m. hour and has been No. 1 during seven of the last nine major sweep periods. And since the beginning of the new television season on September 23, the weeknight edition of KCAL9 News at 10 p.m. continues to rank first among local newscasts in the time period with an average of 160,000 viewers — up 28 percent versus comparable dates last year.
“Sharon, Rick and Evelyn are a proven winning combination,” CBS2/KCAL9 General Manager Steve Mauldin said. “They bring a tremendous mix of experience, insight and personality to every newscast and they know what it takes to achieve success in morning news. We are confident in their ability to help us grow our audience during the morning news daypart in the same way they’ve given us a big lift during primetime.”
Tay is an award-winning television news journalist. She joined CBS2 & KCAL9 in 2007 as a general assignment reporter. Soon after she began anchoring the weekend news on CBS2 and KCAL9. In April of 2010, Tay was named the primary Co-Anchor for KCAL9 News at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weeknights. Born in Singapore and raised in Connecticut, Tay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in International Relations from Boston University.
Her first job was for Boston Cable News where she was first a reporter, writer, director and editor. Sharon then became the anchor and producer of a weekend show. In 1993, she made the move to the west coast to work for a central California CBS affiliate as a General Assignment Reporter.
While at KMST, Sharon was presented with an Associated Press Award for the Best Spot News coverage of an oil tanker fire. Sharon also formed and produced her own consumer investigative unit of the affiliate, called “46 On Your Side”.
A few years later, Tribune Broadcasting hired her for its KTLA-5 Los Angeles staff as a General Assignment Reporter. While in the Los Angeles market, Sharon won Emmys for her coverage of the Malibu fire and the Northridge earthquake. Sharon also won an Emmy while hosting a business affairs show on KTLA. She then became the Weekend Anchor and ultimately Anchor for the early morning editions of the news.
Sharon held that position for more than seven years. Her leadership skills led the early morning team to win two additional Emmys and two Associated Press awards for best newscast in a 30 minute format.
Sharon’s charm, wit, humor and personal style have helped her become one of the most beloved news personalities among Angelenos. While in L.A, the National Geographic Channel hired her to host a sci-fi documentary series called “The Human Edge”.
In 2005, Sharon moved to NYC to help launch two entertainment shows for MSNBC. She was host and a producer for “MSNBC At The Movies” and “MSNBC Entertainment Hotlist”.
Sharon loves traveling the world and speaks Spanish and Cantonese. She currently lives in Los Angeles and loves spending her time off keeping fit and loving her Labrador. She also enjoys horseback riding, hiking, skiing and just about any outdoor challenge.
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