Ernie Anastos is a distinguished Emmy Award-winning anchor for the FOX flagship station, WNYW-TV in New York.
He is also the creator and host of "Positively Ernie," a program which aims to inform, and entertain viewers with inspirational stories.
A New York Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Ernie has an extraordinary record of achievement. He has won more than 30 Emmy awards and nominations and is the first and only New York TV anchor to receive the coveted Lifetime Emmy Award, the highest honor given by The New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his outstanding and personal accomplishments in the television industry. In 2010, The New York Times described Ernie as "the ubiquitous anchorman," who has captured the love and respect of New Yorkers.
As a seasoned anchor and reporter, Anastos has covered the major news stories that have shaped the last three decades, including the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, and the tragic deaths of Michael Jackson, Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy Jr. Anastos has met with Fidel Castro in Cuba to produce a series of special reports on the anniversary of the Cuban revolution. Earlier in his career, as part of an official pastoral trip, he traveled to the war-torn countries of El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has interviewed past U.S. presidents, including Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Nobel Peace Prize winner and South African Bishop, Desmond Tutu.
Ernie has national experience as a news anchor and substitute host for ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The CBS Morning News." He has created and hosted information programs for CBS, Lifetime and ABC and appeared in major motion pictures and primetime dramas such as "Independence Day," "Summer of Sam" and FOX's "24." Anastos is a celebrated author, most recently introducing a series of children's books titled, Ernie and the Big Newz (proceeds of which are donated to The Make-A-Wish Foundation). Previously, he wrote a historical book on the lifestyle of America's youth entitled Twixt: Teens Yesterday and Today, which was featured at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and applauded in The New York Times. Anastos has also been a regular columnist for leading woman's magazine Family Circle.
As a Phi Kappa Phi honoree, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University, where he is a noted member of the university corporation. His academic credits include postgraduate studies at Columbia University. He holds Honorary Doctorate degrees in Humanities from Manhattanville College in New York and Curry College in Massachusetts. Anastos is profiled in the International Who's Who of Intellectuals.
Emmy Awards and Nominations
- Lifetime Emmy Award: First New York Anchor to Receive the Award
- Outstanding Single Newscast at 10, FOX 5 News
- Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: London Bombings, FOX 5 News
- Reporter Outstanding News Story: Heart Stop Teen, FOX 5 News
- Anchor Outstanding Coverage: The World Trade Center Bombing, WCBS-TV
- Excellence in Writing: 9-11 Firefighters, The Edward R. Murrow Award, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Single Breaking News Story: New York City Blackout, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Outstanding Single Newscasts: City Hall Shooting & Ready for War, CBS 2
- Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast at 11: 9-11-02 Anniversary, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Transit Strike Team Coverage: CBS 2 News
- Anchor Outstanding News Special: The Rodney King Verdict, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: Channel 2 News at 11, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Coverage of a Single Breaking Story: Flight of 5050 Crash, WCBS-TV
- Reporter Outstanding Program: Uptown, Downtown, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: Puff Daddy Not Guilty, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Outstanding News Special: Hurricane Hugo, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: Channel 2 News at 5, WCBS-TV
- Anchor Outstanding Documentary: Alcohol in Best Neighborhoods, WABC-TV
- Anchor Special Coverage: Liberty Weekend, WABC-TV
- Reporter Outstanding News Special: Death of John Lennon, WABC-TV
- Anchor Outstanding News Special: Freedom of the Press, WABC-TV
- Reporter Outstanding Special Report: The Poison Water, WABC-TV
- Reporter-Anchor Outstanding News Special: Hurricane Gloria, WABC-TV
- Anchor Outstanding Newscast: Eyewitness News at 11, WABC-TV
- Reporter Single Breaking News Story: Death of Nelson Rockefeller, WABC-TV
- Reporter-Anchor Outstanding Live Coverage: Women's Games, WABC-TV
- Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: The News at 10, WWOR-TV
- Reporter-Anchor News Special: Presidential Inauguration, WWOR-TV
- Reporter-Anchor Outstanding News Special: Caring for Your Parents, WWOR-TV
- Reporter-An American Journey: WWOR-TV
- Reporter-Celebrating His Life: WWOR-TV
- Reporter-Outstanding Continuing Coverage: Death of JFK, Jr., WWOR-TV
- New York State Broadcaster's Hall of Fame – Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient
- National Father of the Year – Anchorman of the Year, National Broadcasting Society
- New York City Police Journalism Award – U.S. Congress Journalism Citation
- Celebrity Chairman Juvenile Diabetes – March of Dimes – Easter Seals – Variety Children's Charity – The Bowery Mission – St. Francis Food Pantries of New York