Sunday, April 20, 2008

Wrap-Up of Pope's Visit Coverage

CBS 2 News provided several additional hours of coverage, anchored by Chris Wragge and Kristine Johnson, of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York.

The station interrupted programming at around 9:30 Friday morning when "Shepherd One" landed at JFK International Airport about 15 minutes early. The coverage continued covering the pope's journey to the United Nations, where he addressed the General Assembly. Live reports included Hazel Sanchez at the UN (she mentioned at 5:00 that she had been there since 3:00 in the morning), Lou Young interviewing some lucky kids who got to meet the pope, Deborah Garcia at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Pablo Guzman in Yorkville (which has been dubbed "Little Germany"). Magee Hickey also provided a report from Washington with reaction from victims of the sexual abuse. The 5:00 newscast attempted to recap the day in a "regular" format but returned to live coverage when the pope visited Park East Synagogue, continuing until 6:30.

CBS 2's coverage resumed Saturday morning after "The Early Show." Wragge and Johnson's broadcast began just before 9:00 and covered the mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, signing off at 10:12. They would return at around 1:15 to cover the pope's moving from St. Patrick's to the Papal Residence. CBS 2 went back to CBS Sports' LPGA golf coverage at 1:52. Wragge and Johnson anchored CBS 2 News at 6:00.

More coverage this morning began after CBS 2 News Sunday Morning. Wragge and Johnson came on at 9:00 and covered the Pope's visit to Ground Zero. They signed off at 10:14 and joined CBS News Sunday Morning (which was already in progress from a tape-delayed 10:00 start time). Coverage picked up again at 2:00 as the mass at Yankee Stadium got underway and was simulcast in Philadelphia on KYW-TV and in Boston over WSBK (a CBS-owned independent station). Mary Calvi and John Slattery provided live reports from around the field. This coverage lasted until 5:12, when CBS 2 returned to coverage of the Verizon Heritage golf tournament. The 6:30 newscast was also anchored by Wragge and Johnson and provided a wrap-up of the events of the past few days. The final special report aired from 8:00 - 8:42 as a JFK departure ceremony honored the pope.

All of the coverage was streamed live on, where on-demand video from every day of coverage is also available.

Feel free to post additional special report times as it was difficult to keep up with all of the broadcasts!

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