Alycia Lane

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Alycia Lane
BornMay 10, 1972 (1972-05-10) (age 41)
Lake Grove, New York, U.S.
EthnicityPuerto Rican, Welsh
Alma materUniversity at Albany, SUNY (B.A.)
Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (M.A.)
OccupationTelevision journalist
TitleNewscaster
Spouse(s)
  • Dino Calandriello (m. 2000; div. 2004)
  • Jay Adkins (m. 2005; div. 2007)
 
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Alycia Lane
BornMay 10, 1972 (1972-05-10) (age 41)
Lake Grove, New York, U.S.
EthnicityPuerto Rican, Welsh
Alma materUniversity at Albany, SUNY (B.A.)
Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (M.A.)
OccupationTelevision journalist
TitleNewscaster
Spouse(s)
  • Dino Calandriello (m. 2000; div. 2004)
  • Jay Adkins (m. 2005; div. 2007)

Alycia Lane (born May 10, 1972) is an American television journalist. Until October 2013, she served as weekday morning anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Until January 2008, she was co-anchor of the weekday evening newscasts on KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lane's contract with KYW-TV was terminated following controversies regarding her off-screen private life.

Background[edit]

Lane, a native of Lake Grove, New York, is of Puerto Rican descent on her mother's side and Welsh descent on her father's. She has a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany, where she graduated with honors. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and speaks fluent Spanish.[1] Alycia Lane has been married twice.

Career[edit]

Lane's television career began while completing her Master's at Northwestern University, serving as a Washington, D.C.-based reporter for KSNT in Topeka, Kansas.[1] After completing her studies, she returned to her native New York and joined Cablevision-owned News 12 the Bronx, where she served as an anchor and reporter.[1] Among the stories she covered there was the 1999 shooting of African immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot to death by four New York City police officers.

In 2000, Lane moved to Miami, after being hired as a reporter for Fox affiliate WSVN. She joined a rival station, NBC-owned WTVJ a year later, and spent two years there before moving to Philadelphia and CBS-owned KYW-TV in September 2003.[1] KYW-TV paired her with Larry Mendte on their 11 o'clock newscast, Mendte had wooed away from rival WCAU-TV where he led the station to #1 in the ratings for the first time in 30 years. By early 2004 KYW-TV had experienced "an amazing 61%" rise in the show's ratings.[2] In 2005, she was awarded a local Emmy Award for co-hosting the annual "Holiday Traditions" special.special.[1][3]

Lane moved to Los Angeles in July 2009 and was hired by NBC affiliate KNBC on August 18. She debuted on the air August 29 in the weekend evening anchor chair, replacing Kim Baldonado. [4] In February 2010, Lane became co-anchor of Today in LA on KNBC. In 2011, Lane received a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Writing on a special story about a mysterious disorder called 'Angelman Syndrome'. In addition, she's won multiple Emmy Awards at KNBC along with two Golden Mic Awards.

In October 2013, KNBC announced that Lane was no longer employed by the station.[5]

Controversies[edit]

Bikini pictures[edit]

In May 2007, Lane became the center of a national media story when reports surfaced that she emailed pictures of herself and friends, in bikinis, to the NFL Network's Rich Eisen, via an account that he shared with his wife, Suzy Shuster. Shuster's email response became public.[6][7] Lane insisted that the pictures were harmless[8] and that she and Eisen have been "purely platonic" friends "for almost 10 years", and that they "regularly exchange e-mail and photos".[9] In June 2010, CBS released emails between Lane and Eisen that suggested something more than a friendly relationship. The emails were released as part of a pre-trial motion in Lane's wrongful termination suit against CBS.[10]

Assault charges[edit]

Lane was arrested in the early morning hours of December 16, 2007 in New York City, accused of physically and verbally assaulting a female police officer, as well as making homophobic comments, calling the officer a "fucking dyke".[11] Lane was charged with one felony count of assault on a police officer.[12][13][14] The criminal case was effectively closed on February 25, 2008, when a New York judge dropped the felony assault charges against her and reduced Lane's charges to misdemeanors. The case was then adjourned, with an additional provision that the charges against Lane would be dropped on the condition that she is not arrested, at any time, over the next six months.[15] A New York City Police Association expressed "outrage" over the reduction and dismissal of charges against Lane.[16]

Dismissal from KYW-TV[edit]

On January 7, 2008, KYW-TV announced that Lane had been released from her contract. In a statement, the station explained that the decision to terminate Lane, stating:

After assessing the overall impact of a series of incidents resulting from judgments she has made...we have concluded that it would be impossible for Alycia to continue to report the news as she, herself, has become the focus of so many news stories.[17]

Lane's legal counsel, Paul Rosen, subsequently released a statement which challenged the station's reasoning:

The termination comes at a time when there has been absolutely no determination that Alycia is guilty of any wrongful conduct, and after KYW-TV has aired her categorical denial of the alleged charge that is pending against her. The termination is unfair because Alycia has never had an opportunity to defend against this charge, and tell her side of the story publicly, before KYW-TV has taken this unusual and unwarranted step to terminate her employment.[18]

On January 30, 2008, Lane's lawyers filed a writ of summons on her behalf, a preemptive move towards a lawsuit against KYW-TV in connection with her dismissal.[19][20] On February 19, 2008, lawyers for CBS, KYW-TV's parent company, sought to move Lane's state court writ to the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, though a provision in Lane's contract which stated that employment disputes were to be handled in New York, where the network is headquartered.[21]

On June 19, 2008, Lane filed suit against KYW-TV and station manager Michael Colleran alleging that she was exploited and defamed. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. A spokeswoman for KYW-TV had no comment on the pending litigation.[22]

E-mail incident[edit]

On May 31, 2008, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Larry Mendte, Alycia Lane's former co-anchor, was under investigation by the FBI for allegedly reading Lane's private e-mail, and for feeding her private information to gossip columnists over the years including Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Daily News. [23] On July 21, 2008, Mendte was charged with one felony count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization. In August 2008 Mendte pleaded guilty and in November 2008 he was sentenced to three years probation, six months home confinement.[24] Alycia Lane sued Larry Mendte, CBS, and the former General Manager of KYW-TV over the incident. In December of 2012 the suit was thrown out after it was found that Alycia Lane destroyed evidence and then lied under oath about it. [25]

Preceded by
Marc Howard
CBS 3 6pm & 11pm Eyewitness news anchor
2003 – 2008 (with Larry Mendte)
Succeeded by
Larry Mendte & Susan Barnett

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Alycia Lane Biography". Philly.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  2. ^ Steve McClellan (2004-05-04). "CBS Stations Soar in Sweeps: New talent, vision transform losers into winners". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  3. ^ "2005 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award Winners". NatasMid-Atlantic.org. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  4. ^ Greg Braxton (2009-08-19). "Alycia Lane to join KNBC-TV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  5. ^ Victor Fiorillo (2013-10-16). "Alycia Lane fired by KNBC". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ Richard Johnson (2007-05-01). "Bikini-e-mails Rattle TV Wife". New York Post. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  7. ^ Staff Report. "Report: Wife not amused by Alycia Lane's email come-on". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  8. ^ Michael Klein. "Alycia Lane defends "saucy" e-mails". Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  9. ^ TMZ Staff. "Bikini-Clad News Babe: Sexy Pix "Purely Platonic"". TMZ.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  10. ^ G. W. Miller 3rd In Philadelphia and Corky Siemaszko (2010-06-04). "Flirty e-mails released between naughty newscaster Alycia Lane and married NFL Network sportscaster". nydailynews.com (New York). Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  11. ^ Criminal Court of the City of New York (2007-12-17). "NYC Police Complaint" (PDF). philly.com. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  12. ^ Dan Gross (2007-12-16). "Alycia Lane Arrested in New York for allegedly assaulting an NYPD officer". Philly.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  13. ^ Dan Gross (2007-12-16). "Ugly new details on Alycia's arrest". Philly.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  14. ^ Associated Press (2007-12-17). "Anchorwoman Arrested". nytimes.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  15. ^ Samuel Maull (2008-02-25). "Ex-Philly News Anchor's Charges Reduced". ap.google.com. Retrieved 2008-02-21. [dead link]
  16. ^ name="New York Newsday"Andy Towle (2008-04-19). "Gay Officers Group Outraged at News Anchor's Charge Downgrade". Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  17. ^ CBS 3 announses Alycia Lane termination on YouTube
  18. ^ Paul Rosen (2008-01-08). "Spector Gadon & Rosen P.C. press release". Reuters. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  19. ^ Lane v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
  20. ^ Michael Klein (2008-01-30). "Alycia’s lawyer: We want facts". Philly.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  21. ^ Dan Gross (2008-02-20). "CBS makes federal case of Alycia". Philly.com. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  22. ^ Alycia Lane sues CBS3 | Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/20/2008
  23. ^ "PhillyBurbs.com: Philadelphia gossip columnist dropped from lawsuit". phillyburbs.com. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Larry Mendte Sentenced To 3 Years Probation - cbs3.com". cbs3.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2010. [dead link]
  25. ^ "Newsreader who 'had affair with her married co-anchor' and punched a cop loses legal battle against CBS after judge says she LIED in court". Daily Mail. Retrieved December 13, 2012.