Some Pittsburghers seem to follow shifts in local news lineups with an interest only slightly below that of the latest Steelers, Pens or Pirates trades. So when the news broke that CNN anchor Lisa Sylvester would be joining the WPXI team, there were two immediate reactions.
First: wow, good for WPXI. Second: she's leaving a network? Why?
"When I looked at my career trajectory and what I really wanted, what I always thought, was once I had a family, I wanted to settle into a community and really become part of that community," said Ms. Sylvester, who has finished her stint in Atlanta.
"And Pittsburgh checks off all of those boxes. It's a great American city ... I could not have asked for more."
She replaces longtime anchor Darieth Chisholm, a local business owner who left July 25 to spend more time with her family. Ms. Sylvester's duties will include anchoring the WPXI newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m., as well as 10 p.m. on WPGH.
Ms. Sylvester, her husband and their two young children were in town last week, house-hunting in Hampton. They're also parents to two older children from her husband's previous marriage.
"What is most important to you?" Ms. Sylvester said. "You know, when you're working for a network, it's expected that you will drop everything and fly to Boston for the Boston Marathon bombing or to Oklahoma City for the tornados.
"I wanted a life where I come home at the end of the day and see my children, and I get to go to the parent-teacher conferences and all that."
Ms. Sylvester was at CNN for nine years, ABC before that, and smaller-market jobs in Peoria, Ill., Nashville and St. Louis. She graduated with a degree in international economics from Georgetown University in 1992 and received her master's in journalism from Northwestern.
Experienced in processing both hard news coverage and stories that touch viewers for their economic or social impact, Ms. Sylvester said she appreciates the relevance of local coverage.
Having just faxed an offer for a house, taken the kids to the local library, and begun studying up on Western Pennsylvania geography, she said she's in a "mad rush" to finalize plans.
"We are talking Oct. 7 [as a WPXI start date] but that goes back to the mad rush.
"I'm one of these sort of 'all-in' personalities. I want to be moved in, have the kids registered in school ...
"If everything lines up the way it should, then maybe Oct. 7."
WQED to rebroadcast 'Silk'
WQED viewers expecting to see Part 2 of "Silk" last weekend will be able to watch a rebroadcast Saturday from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. A satellite receiver failure interrupted the feed and a "Downton Abbey" episode was shown instead.
Online, "Silk" can be viewed at www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch-online/.
Point Park radio station reaches out
The Point Park News Service, part of the university's school of communication, has partnered with the Allegheny Front to produce content and conduct research for that organization. The reports will be aired on WESA as part of the Saturday morning Allegheny Front report.
Also, Point Park radio station WPPJ will be partnering with Pacifica radio, the oldest public radio news/information provider in the country, to provide WPPJ staff members the opportunity to broadcast their news reports on Pacifica Internet and broadcast member stations.
WPPJ can be found at wppjradio.pointparkjournalism.com.
'Forgotten Giants' at Buhl
Buhl Planetarium will be screening "Undaunted: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory" on the first Saturday of each month. Narrated by Pittsburgh native David Conrad, the hourlong documentary by Dan Handley debuts at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $2 and includes access to the Observatory Skywatch, when weather permits.
CBS, Time Warner reach accord
As predicted by industry experts, CBS and Time Warner Cable reached a content carriage agreement just before the start of the NFL season. After a monthlong blackout involving 3 million cable subscribers in eight markets -- including New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas -- TWC was able to return CBS programming as of 6 p.m. Monday.
Terms of the retransmission agreement were not disclosed.
Correction, posted Sept. 4, 2013: A clarification was made to the Point Park News Service item. Also, Dan Handley's first name was corrected in the "Forgotten Giants" item.
Maria Sciullo: email@example.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG. First Published September 4, 2013 4:00 AM