LOS ANGELES (WCCO) — WCCO-TV Twin Cities husband and wife anchor team, Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello, will guest co-host on THE TALK, Tuesday, October 16 (1:00-2:00 PM, CT), joining co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler at the table. Vascellaro and Santaniello will be the first-ever married couple to guest co-host together on THE TALK. This is Vascellaro’s first time serving as guest co-host and Santaniello’s second. Her first appearance was on June 27, 2012.
Throughout the week, news anchors from five CBS-owned stations around the country will be in Los Angeles to serve as guest co-hosts. During the week of October 15, THE TALK will feature the following guest co-hosts:
• Monday, October 15: Kristine Johnson, News Anchor, WCBS-TV, New York
• Tuesday, October 16: Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro, News Anchors WCCO-TV, Minneapolis/St. Paul
• Wednesday, October 17: Susan Barnett, News Anchor, KYW-TV, Philadelphia
• Thursday, October 18: Lisa Hughes, News Anchor, WBZ-TV, Boston
• Friday, October 19: Pat Harvey, News Anchor, KCBS-TV, Los Angeles
Vascellaro and Santaniello co-anchor the 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM news Monday through Friday. They are the first married couple to co-anchor a news program in the Twin Cities. They were recently named as one of the power couples of the Twin Cities in Mpls/St. Paul magazine’s 40th anniversary issue.
Frank has been an anchor in the Twin Cities since 1996. Before coming to Minnesota, Frank worked at WAND-TV in Decatur, Ill. and at WHOI-TV in Peoria, Ill. as an anchor/reporter.
Growing up in Denver, Co., Frank attended the United States Air Force Academy before transferring to the University of Colorado at Boulder. He later studied broadcasting at Columbia College in Chicago.
The Society of Professional Journalists recognized Frank with its broadcast award for Investigative Reporting in 2008. He was awarded the 2011 Regional Emmy Award for Best Anchor and again in 2012. Frank and Amelia are deeply involved with their community and frequently serve as the masters of ceremonies at some of the Twin Cities premier charity events.
Frank married Amelia in 1999 in Florence, Italy.
Amelia has been with the station since 1996. Ten years later, her husband, Frank, joined her as co-anchor.
Before coming to Minnesota, Amelia anchored the weekend news at WTIC-TV in Hartford, Conn. She started her career in Washington, D.C., at WUSA where she was a reporter trainee. From there, she went to WETM-TV in Elmira, N.Y. where she anchored the weekend newscasts. Then she moved on to WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. as a reporter and anchor.
Amelia was born in Alexandria, Va. She grew up in a career military family and lived in Virginia, Japan and Texas. She attended Marywood University in Dunmore, Pa.
City Pages editors named her Best Newscaster in the Twin Cities in 2000. Readers of The Minnesota Women’s Press picked her as their favorite local female television personality.
CBS’s daytime talk show features a panel of well-known news and entertainment personalities who examine 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, how-to demos and appearances from extraordinary people with stories that engage and inform. The show was developed by Gilbert, who also serves as executive producer.
CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 26 consecutive years, featuring a lineup that is a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. In addition to THE TALK, the Network’s daytime line-up includes the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, as well as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, television’s longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.