LOS ANGELES (WCCO) – WCCO-TV, Twin Cities anchor Amelia Santaniello will guest co-host on ‘The Talk’, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT), joining co-hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler at the table. Throughout the week, news anchors and weathercasters from five CBS-owned stations around the country will be in Los Angeles to serve as guest co-hosts, filling in for Julie Chen who returns Monday, July 9.
In addition, KCBS-TV, Los Angeles news anchor, Paul Magers, who began his broadcasting career at KSTP-TV in St. Paul and returned to the Twin Cities for a 20-year career with KARE, will also serve as guest co-host on THE TALK. He is set to appear on Friday, June 29, 2012 (1:00-2:00 PM, CT).
During the week of June 25– June 29, THE TALK will feature the following guest co-hosts:
Mon., June 25: John Elliott, Weathercaster, WCBS-TV, New York
Tues., June 26: Susan Koeppen, News Anchor, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh
Wed., June 27: Amelia Santaniello, News Anchor, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis
Thurs., June 28: Kate Bilo, Meteorologist, KYW-TV, Philadelphia
Fri., June 29: Paul Magers, News Anchor, KCBS-TV, Los Angeles
Amelia Santaniello co-anchors WCCO-TV’s weekday 5PM, 6PM and 10PM newscasts. She joined WCCO-TV in 1996. Ten years later, her husband, Frank Vascellaro, joined her as co-anchor. They are the first married couple to co-anchor newscasts in the Twin Cities.
Before coming to Minnesota, Santaniello anchored the weekend news at WTIC-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. She started her career in Washington, D.C., at WUSA-TV, where she was a reporter trainee. From there, she went to WETM-TV in Elmira, New York, where she anchored the weekend newscasts. Then she moved on to WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. as a reporter and anchor.
Santaniello was born in Alexandria, Virgina. She grew up in a career military family and lived in Virginia, Japan and Texas. She attended Marywood University in Dunmore, Pennslyvania.
Amelia and Frank are deeply involved with the community and frequently serve as the emcees of charity events in the Twin Cities. They live in Minneapolis with their three children and puppy.
CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated talk show THE TALK features a panel of well-known news and entertainment personalities discussing current events, pop culture, contemporary issues, family, celebrity and the trending topics of the day. The daily one-hour series is co-hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler. The hosts swap stories, challenge each other on issues and engage the studio audience and viewers at home about events in the headlines and their own homes.
Show segments include guest interviews with entertainers and newsmakers, musical performances, appearances from extraordinary people with stories that engage and inform as well as how-to demos, real-world advice and tips from the leading experts in fitness, diet, health, home, relationships, finance and fashion. John Redmann serves as executive producer along with Sara Gilbert, who developed the show.