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Steve Bartelstein says he's happy to be home


We heard today from Steve Bartelstein, the 46-year-old TV anchor who is set to front CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2's new, yet-to-be-titled early morning newscast that will debut Aug. 30. The native Chicagoan told us "it's great to be home, and with all my family still here (in Chicago), it means a lot more dinners at mom's house." Until he resigned from CBS' flagship WCBS-TV in New York early last year, Bartelstein had worked in the New York market in recent years.

The new job at WBBM will mark his debut as a TV news man in his hometown. WBBM is now counting on Bartelstein to help make up the ground the station lost in the ratings during the seven-month run of "Monsters & Money in the Morning," a round-table show with talk about sports, finance and other news of the day. "Monsters" never clicked with audiences, and its ratings were about half of the small number WBBM was pulling with the more traditional early news show that "Monsters" replaced.


I just wanted to say good luck to Steve. I watched ABC 7 in NY because of you and followed you to CBS.

I think you are a talented and enjoyable newsperson that I will truly miss.

I sincerely hope the best for you both in your career and with your health.

Thank you for helping me ease into becoming a NYer.

Yours Truly,
Cris DAlessandro

I wanted to say that you did a great job at both
New York Stations and I wish you the best in your
new opportunities.

Good luck in everything you do in both your profesional and private life. I have followed your career with both NBC and CBS. You made the news more interesting.
Thank you for making the mornings more enjoyable.


The best of everything to you. We missed you on ABC and stopped watching the morning news after what they did to you. Was happy to see you on CBS, and sorry that did not work out, but you deserve to be happy, you are talented, and deserve the respect that goes along with it.

May you continue to be healthy and only the best to you.

Best regards,
Tina Barnathan

Lucky Chicago!! The best of luck and good fortune to you! You started my day with a smile on eyewitness news!! To this day I still miss you! You are the best!!! I followed you to CBS and was so disappointed when you left. I am glad to see that you have a new position but you are very much missed!!!!

What a great surprise! I'm in Chicago visiting my son at second city. I turn on the news and there you are. How great it was to watch the news. We enjoyed you everyday on abc it's just NOT the same without you. We are glad your doing well : )

The Gale family

Steve I am so glad to hear that you are doing well. I, too only watched ABC News because you were on it and the same is said for CBS. When one door closes God will always open another. You stay blessed and enjoy your family!



Miss you in N. Y. and i am glad to hear you are doing well. Good Luck!

Mom and I miss u on ABC. I love the team of you and Lori Stokes what a chemtry you both have reporting the news, It was great waking up with u and lori and watching u before I left for work. I am glad you are home in ur own town and everything will work out. Take care and good luck with ur health and ur new station. Tricia

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