Columbus News Anchors of Yesteryear: Where Are They Now?

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Columbus has beenthe training ground for many successful news anchors. Where are they now? Tonight at 10: We uncover their whereabouts! Just kidding. We caught up with a few familiar faces.

Columbus news stats:Although she was raised in Columbus (she's a graduate of Hartley High School and a two-time Miss Ohio), Murphy never worked as a newscaster in the capital city. The journalist is nationally recognized as the former host of "Hard Copy," which she helmed for nine years. For the past 13, she's worked as a senior writer and producer for "Extra," starring Mario Lopez.

Where is she now?Following an October retirement, Murphy returned to Columbus, "bringing with me my British-born husband, our Wheaten terrier and a Daytime Emmy awardI won last year, which rests on a table in my entrywayin ourbeautiful home in Reynoldsburg," Murphy says. "What I love most about being back is how genuine people are here. Although I must admit I had forgotten how much snow we get!"

Columbus news stats:WBNS-10TV, 1978 to 1985 and 1988 to 1993. Orr was the only journalist whom rioting prisoners allowed into the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville during their 1993 revolt.

Where is he now?Orr retired in February after 43 years in the news business. He spent the last 22 years as the justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News, covering subjects such as domestic terrorism and organized crime.

So what's he doing with his retirement? "I'm going to not answer the telephone," he says, laughing. "I can now look at the front page of the newspaper with both eyes opened." He also plans to spend quality time with his family in their new Florida residence, and work on his long-neglected golf game.

Columbus news stats:Worked for WBNS-10TV from 1980 to 1990, anchored 1988 to 1990

Where is she now?Tyler has spent nearly 25 years at New York's CBS 2, where she currently anchors the 6 p.m. news. Last fall, she won a lifetime achievement award from the New York Association of Black Journalists. She's also the longtime companion of musician Phil Collins.

When in Columbus visiting family, Tyler likes to drive around and see what's changed. "I see my father in Green Lawn Cemetery; I go there every time," she says. "I go through Worthington, where I grew up. I go to the East Side, where my father had a pharmacy on Mount Vernon Avenue. I love to go to Wendy's. I go to Easton every time." Tyler continues, "It's always good to go home."

Columbus news stats:1977 WNCI radio anchor, WTVN-TV Channel 6 anchor from 1980to 1984

Where is she now?The backup host for "Nancy Grace" on HLN, LaLama lives in LA with her husband, criminal defense lawyer Anthony Brooklier. In September, Warner Brothers Television is launching LaLama's "Crime Watch Daily," a one-hour nationally syndicated TV show.

LaLama often comes back to Columbus to visit family. "My first stop right out of Port Columbus is White Castle," she says. "I love Mirror Lake on the Ohio State campus. It's a reflection of allthose years working my way through college as a cocktail waitress at The Wine Cellar on [Route] 161."

Columbus news stats:Anchored WBNS-10TV nightly news from 1990 to 1992

Where is she now?CNN-watching early birds know Costello well; she anchors the 9 to 11 a.m. CNN Newsroom each weekday. She previously worked on "The Situation Room" and anchored "CNN Daybreak." She joined the international news powerhouse in 2001.

Columbus news stats:Joined WBNS-10TV in 1991, anchored from 2007 to 2012

Where is she now?Long the darling of Columbus, Cambern left for the sunnier shores of California in 2012. She and husband Brett live in Santa Barbara in their third home in three years-they're renovation junkies, having previously restored a number of German Village houses before moving west.

In lieu of retiring, Cambern says she "relaunched" and has taken to print. She now writes for theSanta Barbara News-Press; her column "Houseaholic" focuses on design and architecture. She also produces and hosts a new show on the News-Press website called "Open House TV."

She loves her new chapter, but her heart's in Ohio. "I miss the people something terrible and their amazing commitment to community," Cambern says. "It may be sunny and 70 year-round here, but I'll take the warmth of the people in Central Ohio any day."