the (local) newshound
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Every day up to 280,000 households, or about 81 percent of Westchester residents, could tune into News 12 Westchester, the No. 1 local news outlet in the county, to find out what is going on in their communities. The woman behind the team responsible for letting them know, for breaking down the news each day, for being their watchdog, is Janine Rose, News 12 Westchester news director, anchorwoman, and self-confessed local news junkie. Every weekday, she anchors the Evening, Yonkers, and Hudson Valley editions of the station’s newscast, and regularly on weekends she hosts Newsmakers, a program that focuses on the people and events making headlines throughout the area.
Rose, who was born and raised in Yonkers, has led News 12 Westchester to 16 New York Emmy Awards, and has won two Emmys of her own.
Rose started with Cablevision, News 12’s parent company, in 1979 as a customer-service rep before there even was a News 12. She became news director in 1991, and, in 1995, she turned News 12 into a 24-hour format; she did the same for News 12 Hudson Valley in 2005. From the get-go, Rose pushed and expanded the limits of the station’s local news coverage. It began with a six-minute news brief, increasing to 15 and then to 30 as the demand for local news grew. Such demand is matched by Rose’s interest. “I may not be able to speak eloquently on international issues, but I can always tell you about the local impact,” she says.