Congrats John Stone

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

February 21, 2014 2:28:28 PM PST
Sometimes, what happens behind the scenes here at Eyewitness News is worthy of news. And it can often give our wonderful and loyal viewers of this storied television station some insight into what makes us tick, and how we roll.

So tonight, a behind the scenes note. A short time ago, our news director Camille Edwards named John Stone as our assistant news director.

John has been with us for more than 10 years, beginning as the producer of our 11 p.m. newscast. In fact, John joined our team about the same time as Liz Cho, and that started a string of dominance for our 11 p.m. newscast that continues today. He later became our executive producer, and then managing editor for the news department.

He's smart and dry-witted, big-brained and big-hearted, a father of two great young boys, a respected colleague, a good friend, and now, my boss.

When the note went out about John this afternoon, as we all opened the email, the applause began, rising in volume.

There were other internal candidates as well ? we are blessed with so many smart and talented managers at Eyewitness News, any and of all them could be great news directors on their own. They too were thrilled for John, and that speaks volumes about him, about them, and about this wonderful organization called Channel 7 Eyewitness News.

There's not a tremendous turnover here ? it's a great place to work, and when people get hired, they tend to stay for a long while.

And tonight, this place says mazel tov to John Stone.


That's our back story as we prep tonight's 11 p.m. newscast. We'll have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, Laura Behnke (in for Rob Powers) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, after 20/20.

And if you tire of the slippery slopes - why wait for your news? @abc7ny has your news at 11 p.m. with @billritter7 and @sadeabc


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