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Friday, November 7, 2014

Westwood One News Names News Anchors


Four news anchors have been added to the Westwood One roster, a new news product launching at the end of the year. Dirk Van, Molly Paige, Evan Haning, and Barbara Kusak will be behind the mic when the service launches. Van will cover morning drive, Hanning is the mid-day host, and Kusak and Paige will anchor PM drive and evenings. Stations have the option to select one- to five-minute newscasts so they can integrate network news with their local operation. Here are more details on the new anchors...

Dirk Van is the host of Westwood One's First Light and The Week in Review and previously anchored newscasts for NBC News Radio. He was also news director at WGCH, Greenwich, CT and WHN in New York and a reporter for WCBS. Van is now in his 25th year at the helm of First Light.

Molly Paige is celebrating her two-year anniversary with Westwood One's news operation in Washington, DC.  For most of her career, Molly has been a news director and/or anchor at multiple stations in L.A, including KCBS, KRLA and KABC. Most recently, Molly has been an anchor/writer and producer for NBC News Radio and regular substitute host for Jim Bohannon on America in the Morning.

Evan Haning has been on the air in Washington, DC for 30 years. For nearly a decade, he was a reporter and anchor for WTOP. Most recently, he anchored afternoon drive for CBS's WNEW-FM since it launched in 2012. 

Barbara Kusak got her start in news in Detroit. She was a reporter and Sunday talk show interviewer and producer at WCSX. She went on to work for the CBS all-news station WWJ as an anchor and reporter. Barbara ventured into TV as a writer at MSNBC in New York City and then served as an anchor and writer for Metro Networks. Later she worked for Fox News Channel as an associate producer and at 1010 WINS as a writer and assignment editor. A family move took her west, where she was a reporter and anchor, helping to launch all news KDWN in Las Vegas.

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