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Ernie Anastos (born July 12, 1943) is an American Emmy Award-winning New York City television news anchor.[1] He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire,[2] and has worked for several television stations in New York City during his career.


After graduating from Northeastern University, Anastos worked at WRKO, a radio station in Boston. In 1976, Anastos moved to television, becoming an anchor at WPRI-TV in Providence.[3] Two years later, WABC-TV in New York hired Anastos; he would remain there until 1989, when he joined WCBS-TV as the 5 PM and 11 PM anchor. He then worked at WWOR-TV from 1997 until 2000, later rejoining WCBS in January 2001. While there he was paired up with Cindy Hsu, Dana Tyler, and once again with Roz Abrams when she joined in 2004 from WABC-TV.He left WCBS for the second time in 2005, after signing a five-year, $10 million contract with WNYW-TV ("Fox 5"). At Fox 5, he is partnered with Dari Alexander on the 5 PM and 10 PM newscasts.

Anastos has anchored coverage of the World Trade Center attacks.
He also traveled to Cuba and met with Fidel Castro reporting on the 45th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. He covered Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor's official trip to El Salvador and Nicaragua, and reported on the death and funeral of Princess Diana from London. Anastos also was nominated for an Emmy for his reporting on the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. from the site of his plane crash near Cape Cod.

Anastos has worked as a news anchor and reporter for CBS This Morning, CBS Late News and substitute host for ABC's Good Morning America.

Anastos has become well known for a pair of gaffes on live television. In 2007, he once accidentally directed viewers to visit "myfoxny dot cock" instead of "myfoxny dot com", which is the website for WNYW.[4] More famously, in September 2009, Anastos gained some notoriety through a video of him saying "keep fuckin' that chicken" live on-air while engaging in playful banter with weatherman Nick Gregory. The blooper became popular on YouTube, was featured on The Daily Show, and spawned the acronym KFTC.[5][6] Anastos apologized the next night, saying he "misspoke".[7]

Anastos appeared in season eight, episode 10 of the popular television show 24. He has been on air since the mid 70s.


Anastos authored a book on the lifestyles of youth in America. His book, Twixt: Teens Yesterday and Today, traces American teenagers' influence on social and political attitudes.

He has also been a regular columnist for Family Circle.


He has won 28 Emmy Awards and nominations, and was nominated for the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in writing.

He has been profiled in the International Who's Who of Intellectuals. A Phi Kappa Phi honoree, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University in Boston, where he is a member of the university board. He has additional graduate studies at Columbia University and holds an honorary doctorate degree. In May 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Manhattanville College.

Radio ownership

A Saratoga Springs, New York-based radio station WJKE (now WQAR). The partnership, known as the Anastos Media Group, soon bought several other stations in the Capital District of New York State and later entered the eastern New England media market. The daily operations of the group are handled in part by Anastos' daughter Nina.


^ New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame - Ernie Anastos
^ BrainyHistory - July 12, 1943 in History
^ Wilson, Michael (January 31, 2010). "The Importance of Being Ernie". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
^ Video: Ernie Anastos Drops F-Bomb Chicken Combo On Air
^ Carter, Bill (2009-09-18). "Anchor's Slip Goes Worldwide on the Web". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
^ Urban Dictionary: Keep fucking that chicken
^ Gay, Verne, "Ernie Anastos apologizes for on-air chicken remark", Newsday, September 17, 2009

External links

Ernie Anastos at the Internet Movie Database

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