CBS 2 newsroom adds reporters from Buffalo, Indianapolis

Marissa Bailey, a former news anchor and reporter from Buffalo, New York, and Brad Edwards, a former investigative reporter from Indianapolis, are joining CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 next week as general assignment reporters.

Jeff Kiernan, vice president and news director at CBS 2, announced both hirings Wednesday.

Bailey, who was regarded as “a major and versatile talent” at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, left the NBC affiliate last December after more than five years as an anchor and reporter to follow her boyfriend to Chicago, where he recently landed a job as an attorney.

“I was at a crossroads,” she told Buffalo critic Alan Pergament at the time. “I decided to look for new challenges and new opportunities. This is a risk because I’m leaving a job and a city I love.” Through her Chicago agent, Joel Weisman, she fielded offers from several local stations before accepting the CBS 2 position.

Bailey, who grew up in Syracuse, New York, received a bachelor’s degree in communication from Niagara University and a master’s in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University.

Edwards was dismissed last December after one year as an investigative reporter at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, although the circumstances of his departure from the CBS affiliate were unclear.

 “My dismissal is as mundane as money,” Edwards told TV Spy’s Merrill Knox at the time. Although he'd been fired in the middle of a three-year contract, he declined to reveal details because, he said, “there are many at an ever-leaner WISH-TV I hold dear.”

But his former boss, WISH general manager Jeff White, publicly disputed Edwards’ version, telling the Indianapolis Business Journal: “I can confirm that Brad was let go, but it wasn’t done for financial reasons . . .  We feel the move we’ve made will be best for our station and our viewers.” He declined to elaborate.

Edwards previously worked as a reporter at Fox-owned WJBK-TV in Detroit, and as a reporter and weekend anchor at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan.

A native of Grand Rapids, he received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University.

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