Dana Tyler: Award-Winning News Anchor WCBS-TV, New York City (Hall of Fame Class of 2022)

Dana Tyler anchors CBS News New York at 6 pm and contributes long-form stories and interviews to the station’s multiple media platforms. Dana joined WCBS-TV in 1990 as a general assignment reporter and weekend co-anchor. She and Reggie Harris were the first African American anchor team in the nation’s #1 media market.

In 2021, Dana had a pivotal role in CBS2’s “Breaking the Stigma” reporting about openly discussing the taboo topic of suicide. It was a one-on-one, no-boundaries conversation with CBS2 Anchor Cindy Hsu, who bravely detailed her attempt to take her own life, and her recovery process. Their candid talk about mental health issues revealed an unprecedented TV news experience that, hopefully, saved lives.

In 2017, the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted Dana into “The Gold & Silver Circle” for her 25+ years at WCBS-TV. She received a 2012 New York Emmy Award for Community Service as host of “The Tunnel to Towers Memorial Run.” In 2010, she was awarded Emmys for anchoring the Breaking News Story: “Flight 1549 Lands in the Hudson River,” and for reporting the Outstanding Health Program Feature: “Heather and Stacy’s Story” in the CBS2 Health Special: “Race for the Cure.” In 2003, Dana accepted Emmys for anchoring the Breaking News Story: “New York City Blackout,” and the Outstanding Single Newscast: “CBS 2 News at 11: City Hall Shooting.” She received a 1996 Emmy for anchoring the Outstanding Single Newscast: “New York City Subway Firebombing.”

Dana’s numerous Emmy nominations include Outstanding Hard News Single Story: “Spider-Man’s Fall,” and Outstanding Health Program Feature: “Amy’s Story” in 2014. In 1994, Dana was nominated for Outstanding Single Hard News Story: “Mole People,” and for anchoring WCBS-TV’s Outstanding Coverage of an Instant Breaking News Story: “1993 World Trade Center Bombing.” In 1991, she earned an Emmy nod for her live reporting for Outstanding News Special: “Heroes on Parade.”

The New York Association of Black Journalists honored Dana in 2014 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She was a 2011 honoree at the Friars Club “Salute to News Veterans.” In 2007, McDonald’s named her in its salute to “Black Broadcast Legends,” and in 2006, she received a New York Association of Black Journalists Award for her report on Broadway’s “The Color Purple.”  Dana has done countless stories over the decades about the arts in the tri-state area, including extensive reporting on the Broadway industry, and hosting the annual broadcast “CBS2 at the Tonys.”

Dana is involved in station-sponsored community partnerships. In 2022, she volunteered in CBS2’s Better Together events including the “Out of the Darkness” walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and “Project Green,” helping a neighborhood clean its trash-covered beach. She’s been on Channel-2 teams for AIDS Walk New York, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk, and Susan G. Komen Greater NYC events, including the “Sisters for the Cure” luncheon to raise awareness about high rates of breast cancer among women of color.

In 2003, Dana accepted an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from St. John’s University. She received a 2001 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from Boston University. She graduated from B.U.’s School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and broadcast journalism. During college, she was an intern at WEEI Radio and a weekend producer at WBZ Radio.

Before joining WCBS-TV, Dana Tyler was an Emmy Award-winning reporter and anchor for nine years at WBNS-TV in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Growing up, she watched a lot of TV news. Curious about factual storytelling, her first opportunity in the news business was as a high school intern at WCOL Radio. Decades later, what’s the top ‘miss’ on her career wish list? Dana wishes she could have interviewed her great-grandfather, Ralph Waldo Tyler, who was the only accredited Black foreign correspondent reporting on African American service members in France during World War One.

 

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