THE HOMETOWN GIRL—WPXI’s Michele Newell to host Courier Fab 40 Reception, July 19


by Christian Morrow, Courier Staff Writer

Though she’s covered heinous murders and investigated the heroin epidemic as a reporter in Ohio, and the humanitarian crisis following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, WPXI-TV reporter Michele Newell is still a hometown gal, having grown up in Homestead and Verona.

And as pleased as she was to be able to return home last year to work at Channel 11, the New Pittsburgh Courier is even more pleased to announce that she will serve as the celebrity host for its 2019 Fab 40 Awards Reception and Dinner, July 19, at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Newell said. “I’ve heard about it before and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Newell graduated from Penn Hills High School in 2002 and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006. From there she went to work as a television host and producer at the Cornerstone Television Network, then as a producer at NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, and as a writer at KDKA-TV. She followed that up with stints at WTOV-TV News in Steubenville, Ohio and at WSYX in Columbus.

Newell is the lead reporter for Channel 11’s 11 p.m. newscast, along with the 10 p.m. news that airs on Fox 53. You’ll also see Newell on the anchor desk on select weekends.

Newell, a member of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, recently co-hosted the PBMF Vann Media Awards with DK Pittsburgh Sports contributor Chris Carter.

She’ll show off her hosting talents at the Courier’s Fab 40 reception, which will honor 40 young African Americans who are making—often unsung—contributions to their families, communities and the region. In addition to Newell, the program will feature a slideshow of the honorees by Pittsburgh Black Media Federation President Brian Cook Sr., and congratulatory remarks by New Pittsburgh Courier Editor and Publisher Rod Doss.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the event and will remain on sale until July 12. Call Allison Palm at 412-481-8302, ext. 136.


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