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Sneak Peak: National Tree Lighting

Oh.. my favorite story of the morning… the National Tree Lighting! It’s happening this evening and we have a look at the show preps with News4’s Tracee Wilkins.

Christmas at the White House

Roads Closed: Many roads will close. 15th Street with be closed to traffic between E Street-Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue… starting at around 4:15PM. There will also be no traffic allowed on 17th between Constitution and New York Avenue. All roads should be open again at around 7:00. Check out the report below…
[Blouse and trousers by Elie Tahari]

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Screech invades traffic report

Happy Nationals Opening Day! Let’s play ball. This week our favorite eagle Screech paid a visit to our studios and helped out with the traffic.

Morning Team in Green

Wishing you a happy and SAFE St. Paddy’s to our people! Thanks for waking up with our team!


Forget breaking news.. we’re breaking naan! What a grand time was had by a gaggle of Channel 9ers at Bombay Tandoor.Afternoon traffic maven MonikaSamtani hosted the hungry news team to a fantastic brunch at her family’s restaurant in McLean.The authentic Indian food and fanfare had us all saying holy sweet samosas in the end.

Go ahead.. feast your eyes on what you missed…

Newsbabes Bash 'New Site'

Check out the Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer’s new website . We’ve got video, pictures and event updates galore up. Be sure to stay tuned for details for the annual event coming this May. It’s gonna be bigger and better than ever!

Back with THE BOYS!

HILARIOUS! Click to Listen to Kirk & Mike Make the Annoucement On Air

Let the reunion begin– EVERYDAY! I’m thrilled to announce that I will be joining Mike O’Meara and Kirk McEwen every morning on their radio show from 5-8:30 AM.

I’ll pop in about 3 times an hour for some chit chat and a traffic update!

Hope you’ll tune in too to 105.9 FM The EDGE’s The Kirk and Mike Show during your AM drive!

VIDEO: Mike O’Meara Returns to DC Radio

MORE: “Weather man gets some stones!”

LIKE: Kirk & Mike Show on Facebook

Mike Hydeck Debuts on Morning Show

The day has come to complete the 9NEWS NOW Morning show! Please join me in officially welcoming Mike Hydeck to the team. He hails from Hartford Connecticut but the lover of politics is ecstatic to call Washington home! We had a great first day with the father of two who share pics of his beautiful family on-air with us! Mike, we’re glad you’re here and looking forward to many great shows together ahead.

Local Anchors Take It All Off

Oh I hate to say it Hoda and Kathie Lee but OMG was so ahead of the bare-face game! Check out one of my early blog posts from June 2008— nearly 2 years ago! I asked three local news anchors I know to show us their make-upless faces… I did it too! See you for yourself. A blast and gasp from the past:

disclaimer: it’s a cut and paste from old blog so excuse the inconsistent fonts.


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Their MAKE-UP that is!

Today three TV newswomen and myself fearlessly reveal our bare faces to show how makeup, the right lighting and a great photographer DOES make a difference. Talk about some REAL face time.

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A photographer took our promo pics last year.  As soon I got mine back, I said to our creative director, “Wow, look at what a little makeup can do!”  His response:  “It’s not the makeup, Heather, it’s the lighting and composition.”  Ouch. But, he’s right.  The right lighting and depth can make wrinkles disappear.   A little photoshop can do wonders too!



1998.  The last time a make-up artist helped me with my on-camera make-up.  I was an intern at WTSP,  ready to start anchoring for “Florida Focus”, the student run, PTV broadcast. The in-house artist instructed me, “Get some (MAC Studio Fix) C3.  Put that around your eyes.  And some C4 for the rest of your face.”  There weren’t any MAC counters around at the time.  I had to hunt down a  department store carrying it and called, I think someplace in Chicago.  Someone also introduced me to Lipglass.  From there I figured it out on my own.A lot of anchorwoman are models, former models, perhaps pageant winners.  Instructed at the start of age six about how to wear make-up.  The closest I ever came to modeling was a gig in college for Hawaiian Tropic.  Outfitted in a swimsuit, with a bucket of tanning lotion samples, I trekked up and down Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches.  My hair pulled up and twisted on top of my head.  My make-up consisted of Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30 lip balm and Faces SPF 30.  After cutting my hair for the coveted Florida Focus newscast, I met my boss in a Tampa Palms parking lot to retrieve some frisbees.  Dismayed she goes, “You cut your hair.” I will never cut my hair that short again.  Variations of the pony-tail, when not at work, RULE!  Thank you women of CNN for bringing back long hair!  Still, even though I only put make-up on if I’m heading out Saturday night, people here, not really used to seeing me without make-up.  An exception the ladies who work the gym desk. And they still rave, “You look so different!”  Any other random encounter, out of my work clothes, sans the make-up, hair in a pony-tail, prompts a reaction similar toblog post photo spotting a spaceship.  Monday I intercepted this e-mail.
I don’t mean to be inappropriate in saying this and I hope you don’t take it any other way than as a simple compliment. I saw you at the coffee shop Wednesday dressed in your workout clothes.  Your conversation with Matt made me think I should recognize you.  I didn’t. I just wanted to say that I like your casual look from yesterday.  I much prefer beauty in it’s most basic form and yours impressed me enough to do something stupid and highschool-ish like send you an email about it.  Sheesh. Have a great day,

So, don’t think our jobs are glamorous.  We do our own make-up; in small
markets, after lugging 40 pounds of camera equipment around a city. Adventures that sometimes take us, as Angie can attest to, the county landfill. The most delightful part is, we share a dressing room. co-ed. So, during the daily, daunting task, there’s also a lot of tooth paste flying, gossiping, venting … around a sports guy shaving… all before you get kicked out because the weather guy needs to change his pants. It’s the only position, acceptable to show up, on a daily basis for work@ 2p.m. without it.  Then, take 10 minutes out of company time, to put it on!

ALICIblog post photoA ROMAN, WEATHERCASTER WISH-TV, Indianapolis

Ok…. so here is the deal. When Angie asked me to send her a picture of me, one with makeup one without… I was like, “ok I can do this, I don’t think I look THAT bad al natur-el” But, I was wrong…. more like al natur-shiney-el. Haha. (as you can see).I was the girl in high school whose best friends were my compact and lipstick!  It went as far as this, whenever I forgot either at home, I would (I am almost embarrassed to say) call my mother to bring it in for me!!! Yes, I had done that quite a few times. I understand we are on television and have to look as close to perfect as possible, but not everybody has a PERECT day….  I have had my share of these days. (That’s when I tell the floor camera operators to zoom way out!) I have two semi-funny stories about my make-up mishaps and they both include…. LIPSTICK on TEETH! Ha. The first was when I was working at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, OH; at the time I was trying to get my current job at WIS-TV. The News Director at WIS asked me to record one of my shows at WHIZ-TV so she could see my interaction with the co-anchor and of course my personality and presentation. So, I wore my best suit and did my hair and make-up as best as I could but I went a little crazy with this ooey-gooey lipstick. I told my co-anchor to let me interact with her as much as possible so that I could show my personality for the tape I was about to make. Somehow I managed to get this gross brownish red lipstick all over my front teeth. While I was talking (remember this is live TV) I kept seeing her try so hard not to laugh at my teeth and started to write something down for me to read. (she was writing a note to let me know about my teeth) Since I am the reining giggle queen, I would blog post photoNOT look at her or what she wrote.  I wanted to do my best and not laugh so I could use this show to send to my potential employer. Finally, during a commercial, she told me what happened and after the show I reviewed the tape and it was not that noticeable. Not so bad…right? The second story happened just a few months ago at WIS-TV, during the Holidays. We have this segment called “Sounds of the Seasons” where many different church organizations as well as schools, come play or sing Christmas music. On this particular day, an elementary school came by to play and while I was standing in front of the Chroma wall to have my camera shot adjusted for the 5 o’clock show, the director popped me up on our large screen television that we have in our studio. When the camera operators adjust you they have to zoom in on your face, to focus I guess, and then they zoom back out.  I was talking to the children in the studio during this “adjustment” and my face popped up on the large TV screen magnifying the lipstick that was over my teeth. They all started laughing and I did as well.  Thankfully, I don’t get embarrassed too easily.


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This is me EVERY morning before I paint my head as I like to often say. My husband likes to call me “clown face” when I meet him in public right after work. In this world of HD you have almost no choice but to try to cover every nook and cranny. You try your best and you finally have to realize you can’t please them all. When I worked at ET I was on a shoot with Jamie Lee Curtis and I remember she told me in TV and film she learned from her folks early on that lighting is everything. You hear it all the time about models and celebrities- oh she’s airbrushed- or they have “Oprah” lighting on the set to make them look so fabulous and you know what 99% of the time IT’S TRUE. So, I hope you don’t believe everything you see ladies. A lot of work goes into what turns up in mags and on the tube. For a little motivation here’s a read I enjoyed in O! that calls on women to start Beauty Revolution. I found it inspiring when needing a hand in fending off those insecure feelings we’ve all come across when it comes to our looks.

Me, shot in the studio and touched up with a little help from adobe PS ha!


Oops.. a Morning Show Blooper & Payback

During one of weatherman’s Howard Bernstein’s weather teases I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to walk up on HIS set and in to his shot. Watch the first clip and then see the second for how the news team got me back!

Howard’s Report

Payback during Angie’s Report

Ex-CIA Agent's Cook Book, Daffodil Show

Watch the story as aired on WUSA9 Morning Show

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)– Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports on Ex-CIA officer Kay Shaw Nelson’s new book ‘Cloak and Dagger Cook: A CIA Memoir’ Also, the Upperville Garden Club’s Daffodil Show awards a winner and Metromix  list FREE shows at the Kennedy Center this week and how to help troops through Operation Sand Flea.

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