Sara Lee Kessler Biography
Sara Lee Kessler is the former anchor for New York City’s Channel 9 nightly local broadcast news program in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She was formerly a health reporter for New Jersey Network’s nightly half-hour NJN News broadcast. She currently reports for WOR radio in New York and NBC News Radio.
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Sara Lee Kessler the former anchor for New York City’s Channel 9 nightly local broadcast news program in the late 1980s and early 1990sm was born in 1951-01-01 (age 68 years).
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She was hired by WWOR-TV in 1976 as a reporter and became co-anchor of “News at Noon,” with anchorman Tom Dunn later that year. She also co-anchored the station’s “News 9 PrimeTime,” which was an 8 PM newscast, from 1983-1987. When WWOR-TV switched to a 10 PM newscast in late 1987, Kessler became the solo anchor of the “News at Noon.” She also co-hosted “9 Broadcast Plaza,” a 3-hour live daily news/chat program from 1989–1991, joined by future Today Show co-host Matt Lauer. She continued as the anchor of “News at Noon” until the newscast was canceled and then became a weekend news anchor and reporter for “News at Ten.” Kessler won an Emmy Award for anchoring WWOR-TV’s coverage of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
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In 1994, Kessler was fired by WWOR. She subsequently sued the television station for religious discrimination, among other charges. Kessler, who is an Orthodox Jewish woman, claimed that she was forced to work on Saturdays, which is forbidden by the Jewish religion. She was later able to successfully sue the station for $7.3 million. Kessler was among the first journalists to interview John Lennon when he received a green card after years of fighting U.S. government efforts to deport him.
She has been a resident of Englewood, New Jersey for more than 20 years
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”I really feel vindicated,” Ms. Kessler said today from her home in Englewood. The lawyer for WWOR-TV, John D. Arsenault, called the size of the award ”ludicrous” and said the station would appeal.Ms. Kessler was hired by the Secaucus station in 1976 and became anchor of the ”News Noon” program in 1989. She won an Emmy Award for her work as an anchor covering the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.Ms. Kessler testified last month that after the station was sold in 1992, new managers replaced older reporters and anchors to reach a younger audience and told her that her on-air look was ”inconsistent” and that she came across as a ”New Jersey matron.” Her noon program was soon canceled and she became a weekend anchor and a reporter three days a week in 1993.
The jury award concerns Ms. Kessler’s treatment after she broke her tailbone while riding in a news van in June 1993. She produced a doctor’s note saying that she could not spend long hours in cars, but her reporting assignments soon increased to five days a week, giving her back spasms, she said. After returning as an anchor, she asked the station to provide her a special pillow to ease her injury, and the station told her instead to go on disability leave, her lawyer, Neil Mullin, said. When she returned, she was demoted to a full-time reporter and, in March 1994, was fired days after filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mr. Arsenault said the station did not renew Ms. Kessler’s contract because she wanted to be only a prime-time anchor, and ”we did not believe that she fits that job.”Mr. Arsenault denied the charges of handicap discrimination and said that WWOR-TV is the only television station in the New York area to employ an on-air reporter in a wheelchair, Chris O’Donoghue. The jury also found that the station demoted Ms. Kessler in retaliation for her complaints about discrimination against other employees, and posted a sign in its lobby banning her from the premises after firing her, Mr. Mullin said.
The award includes more than $2.8 million in lost wages. Ms. Kessler now works as a reporter at New Jersey Network, where her lawyers said she makes about $50,000 a year, compared with $300,000 at WWOR. The award is similar to an $8.3 million discrimination verdict awarded in January to a Connecticut newscaster, Janet Peckinpaugh, who said she was fired because of her sex and age. A Federal judge reduced Ms. Peckinpaugh’s award to $3.79 million last month.”I hope that it sends a wake-up call to television stations around the country who believe that they may be omnipotent, who believe that they’re above the law,” Ms. Kessler said. ”It does not serve communities for television stations to practice corporate discrimination and retaliation