Published on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:01
WBBM-TV/CBS 2 announced today that a pair of new general assignment reporters have been hired and will both be starting at the station on this coming Monday, March 19th. The new hires are Brad Edwards from Indianapolis and Marissa Bailey from Buffalo.
Brad Edwards, a native of nearby Grand Rapids, MI, most recently worked at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, IN, exiting recently after under two years with the station (May 2010-December 2011). As an investigative reporter for WISH-TV, Edwards was named by the Associated Press as Indiana Reporter of the Year last year. Prior to his year at WISH-TV, Edwards worked as a reporter/fill-in anchor for WJBK-TV in Detroit, and was a reporter/weekend anchor for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and WLNS-TV in Lansing before that.
Edwards graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI with a degree in Telecommunications in 2001. In his decade of being a news reporter, Edwards has won over 50 awards for his reporting and writing skills, including 10 local Emmy Awards and two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Marissa Bailey, a native of Syracuse, NY, has worked for the NBC affiliate in Buffalo, NY, WGRZ-TV, from September 2006 until she voluntarily exited two months ago. There she worked as a general assignment reporter, mainly for the 11:00pm newscast. She also worked for a while as Sunday morning newscast anchor and as a fill-in anchor. At the same time, she also worked as the 10:00pm news anchor at WNYO-TV (MyTV), WGRZ-TV's sister-station in Buffalo .
Bailey chose to not renew her contract at the station and move to Chicago at the start of this year to be with her longtime boyfriend Michael Gellar, who had accepted a job offer here. Gellar is a former producer at WGRZ-TV, who recently received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and was offered a job as an attorney in Chicago. Not wanting to have the relationship be a long distance one, Marissa Bailey hired a Chicago-based agent Joel Weisman and began looking for opportunities in TV news inside the Chicago market. WBBM-TV was quickly interested in this young star from Buffalo.
She graduated from Niagara University in Lewiston, NY in 2003 with a degree in Communications. In 2006, Bailey graduated magna cum laude with a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. Last year, she was nominated for a local Emmy Award.