CBS 3/CW PHILLY ANCHOR UKEE WASHINGTON
CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH EYEWITNESS NEWS
Philadelphia, May 18, 2011 – CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 Anchor Ukee Washington will celebrate his 25th anniversary with Eyewitness News on-air next Wednesday, May 25th. The station will air a retrospective of Washington’s television career in its newscasts that day and celebrate his milestone with some special surprises on Talk Philly.
Washington, anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning on CBS 3 and The CW Philly with Erika von Tiehl and host with Pat Ciarrocchi of Talk Philly, CBS 3’s noon lifestyle program, is one of Philadelphia’s most versatile news personalities.
“Ukee is one of those rare newscasters that does everything well,” says Vice President and News Director Susan Schiller. Whether it’s hosting a town hall meeting on the future of public education or joining a top chef for an in-studio cooking segment, Ukee brings the totality of his experience as the ultimate hometown anchor to the table.”
Washington first distinguished himself as an anchor on the sports desk when he joined the Channel 3 news team in 1986. He moved seamlessly to the news desk as early morning and noon anchor in 1996. Since that time, Washington has been front and center anchoring some of the region’s most memorable stories including the President’s Summit for America’s Future held in Philadelphia in 1997, the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and the Phillies World Series Celebration Parade in 2008. His assignments have run the gamut from hosting the Camden, New Jersey Mayoral debates to going behind bars to interview a high school classmate on death row.
Washington’s work has been honored with the industry’s most prestigious award, the Emmy. In 2008, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted Washington into its Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to broadcasting.
Washington, a longtime film buff, has also continued as the stations’ in-house movie reporter, covering blockbuster premieres and even spending a little time in front of the camera on the TV series Hack and the feature film The Manchurian Candidate among other credits. He’s also that’s unmistakable newscaster voice you’ll hear in M. Night Shymalan’s Unbreakable and Signs.
Washington (born Ulysses Samuel Washington III) was raised in West Philadelphia and attended Dover High School in Delaware where he was a celebrated athlete. In basketball, he was both first team all-state and Delaware co-player of the year in 1976. He was the seventh leading scorer in Delaware history with 1,305 points when he graduated. He also made his mark in track, breaking the state record in the 110-meter high hurdles.
As a youngster, his other love was music. As a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir’s “elite,” he traveled to Russia, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Denmark and Mexico to perform. He has stayed involved with the Boys Choir ever since, supporting their fundraising efforts, showcasing them on-air and occasionally joining them in concert.
Prior to coming home to the Philadelphia area, Washington was a sports anchor at WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida and at WSB-TV in Atlanta. Washington is a graduate of the University of Richmond. Today, he makes his home in Wilmington, Delaware.