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[ # ] NY anchor fired for sleeping on the job
March 14th, 2007 under Odd

Steve Bartelstein has run out of second chances at WABC/Ch. 7. The anchor, who has messed up several times on the job only to get another shot, was fired after sleeping through a newsbreak he was to anchor last Thursday morning on the horrific Bronx house fire. He was in his Ch. 7 office at the time. "He is no longer with the station, and no longer with 'Eyewitness News,'" a station spokesman said yesterday. It was a stunning move, considering that Bartelstein has been a major player on the station's top-rated early-morning newscast alongside Lori Stokes and weathercaster Bill Evans. One indiscretion on Bartelstein's part might have been overlooked, but there were others. In November, he was suspended for several days after showing up for work 20 minutes after the morning news began. A year before that, Bartelstein was sidelined for two weeks after showing up late for work and for missing a newsbreak, reportedly so that he could meet Samuel L. Jackson, who was appearing on "Live With Regis & Kelly." And there was an ugly sexual-harassment suit that was withdrawn. Despite the issues, management gave Bartelstein a new contract last June that spelled out the consequences if he slipped up again. Station insiders said Bartelstein's latest goof put Plotnik and general manager Dave Davis in a tough spot. Giving him another chance would have made it look like there was a double standard at the station. Still, the firing is troubling for many at Ch. 7 – one labeled it a "bombshell" – because outside of a proclivity for missing deadlines, Bartelstein was generally well liked.

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 I am shocked that WABC kept him as long as they did with all that he did. 


  • Kathleen

    My sister said she heard Ken Rosato doing an interview, and he said he lost 200 punds! Is this true?

  • I jut want to say that being an Anchor is a dufficult job. You can’t even imagine the work that is involved in what they do. I think that Ken, Lori, Bill and Joe Nolan are all excellent at thier craft. Lori is beautiful and professional.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see Lori on Naked News, she is HOT!
    Awesome body!

  • Terence

    I was a big Fan of Steve during his time with WABC-TV, and I do miss him. However, it does seem as if he has some “Demons” that follow him; he was hired at WCBS-TV as Sunday Morning Anchor, and the same thing happened there as well. I met Mr. Rosato while he was doing a remote in my neighborhood a few years back, I found him to be a cordial and decent person, and I enjoy him on the show. as for Ms. Stokes, all I can say is, there are much WORSE faces a man can wake up to; I am very pleased to see hers on the air. I met her also a few years ago at a Black history event at the Apollo theater in harlem; she is very personable and easy to be around. Bill and Joe should take their act on the ROAD, they are HILARIOUS!!!

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  • dengypsy

    I think that Lori Stokes dresses extremly unprofessionally. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of her jeans and her tops look like something that should be worn to the park. The guys wear suits why not her? her makeup is bad and she has an odd way of speaking. I can do without her.

  • dengypsy

    she also looks oily at times and she sometimes speaks as though she has no energy and is unenthused.

  • I think Lori stokes is very beautiful,profesional and
    smart. I also like the clothes she wears ,and let’s
    not forget her great personality. I look forward to
    seeing Lori, Ken, Bill and Joe Nolan every morning!!
    What a great team

  • Denyse

    You must be related to her because she is horrible and full of herself.

  • Kevin

    Lori Stokes is a pretty woman. Not just a black “barbie” doll but a looker with a killer smile and genuine feminity. She will alway have a place to sit as long as I have a face



  • Shon

    I think Lori Stokes is a beautiful woman, you don’t know what some of the male anchors wear, you cannot always see their pants. The reason you always see what Lori is wearing is because most of the Female anchors sit on Pillows for more height.

  • nan

    i have been watching lori stokes, since her early days … so very true she is nice looking..but her professional attire is a little unprofessional..her weaves are hideous.and who ever does her hair does not like her she wears the big wigs and you see untouched ends, and they fit awful..same as the low budget weaves she was wearing. sorry. you should be able to pay for the best hair styler, quite a few in the city. you are representing all women of color. when i did wear weaves you could not tell if it was mine or i’ve let it grow out. Ken Rosato and Bill evans ..are professional perfection. as well as joe Nolan… the other female anchors and reporters are dressed professionally.get it together Lori, please some of us really like you….but some of your outfits..are not for the job… the flirting has to go too…just be you. look nice from head to toe..change your hairdresser. get someone to plan out your wardrobe.looking to see the professioal Lori we know you can be..

  • Tom

    I use to watch Lori Stokes in Washington, D.C. and now here in New York; so for almost 20 years. She is an outstanding, beautiful, intelligent news anchor.

  • A.C.

    Lori Stokes from Channel 7 is the worst. She does not exude the ultimate professional in television journalism. Her appearance many days is unprofessional and just plain tacky. Why is she wearing jeans on air and Bill Evans is wearing a suit before. She is clearly not a native new yorker. Those horrible weaves have go to go. There are even times when she takes the weave out and wears her regular hair. Even worse. You get $500 fine (that’s for every day of the week) for your hair not being up to par. What’s with the ashy makeup?

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  • Brandy

    Lori Stokes can’t speak English! She mumbles and fumbles and stalls over just about every word, and can’t read to save her life. She pronounces words that end in LD as OD. She also can’t pronounce the T or G sounds. For example; “the man was howdine on for dear life”. She’s just terrible as an anchor. Just a pretty face, but news in NY should be presented the best way possible, and Lori Stokes just doesn’t cut it. She must have a hook to keep that job!


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