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McShane and his wife live on Long Island with their three children.

Megan Meany

Megan Meany joined WNBC’s Today in New York weekday morning team in June 2008 as traffic reporter from 4:30-7:00 a.m.  Meany is a member of the Shadow Traffic organization and brings with her their extensive resources and in-depth expertise in covering traffic in the tri-state area.

Meany also brings a new look to the broadcast by reporting live each morning from WNBC’s Studio 7E, instead of from the Shadow Traffic headquarters located across the Hudson River in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Meany has worked in many different capacities within local, cable and network television.  Most recently she worked with E! News as a freelance entertainment reporter interviewing A-List celebrities, and at the Style Network covering the New York fashion scene.

Previously, Meany was the host of Help Wanted, a prime time reality show on TLC. She got her on-air start at CBS's Saturday Early Show covering trends.

In addition to her on air work, Meany has 10-plus years experience producing network and local programming. 

Meany's interest in journalism started in print as an editorial assistant and reporter for the Boston Herald newspaper.  Her bylines included front-page news, the real estate section's "Home of the Week" feature, and a bi-monthly piece on street fashions.

A Connecticut native, Meany attended Trinity College in Hartford where she earned a degree in English along with a minor in women’s studies.

Meany is a fourth generation Irish American and traces her roots back to Co. Clare and Co. Mayo. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and son.

Erin Moriarty

Erin Moriarty has been a correspondent for 48 HOURS on CBS since 1990.  She has covered the death of Princess Diana, the JonBenet Ramsey investigation, the murder of financier Edmund Safra, and the war in Iraq.

Before that, Moriarty was the consumer correspondent for CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.

Drawing on her training as a lawyer, Moriarty has examined some of the most important social and legal issues of the day, including DNA testing of evidence in death-row cases, the abortion controversy and battered woman's syndrome.

Moriarty has received numerous honors, including nine national Emmy Awards, a 2001 Overseas Press Club Award for her work on 48 HOURS and three Association of Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Awards for the weekly talk show that she co-hosted with Nancy Giles on WPHT Radio in Philadelphia (2003-04).

In both 2000 and 2003, she was honored with a Top 100 Award from Irish America magazine. In 1988, Moriarty received the Outstanding Consumer Media Service Award presented by the Consumer Federation of America for "her many contributions of both local and national significance as a consumer reporter."

Prior to joining CBS News in 1986, she was an award‑winning consumer reporter for the NBC owned and operated WMAQ-TV Chicago (1983‑86).  She was also a reporter in Columbus (Ohio) at the NBC affiliate WCMH-TV (1979-80), Baltimore at the ABC affiliate WJZ-TV (1980-82) and Cleveland at CBS affiliate WJKW-TV (1982-83).

Born in Cincinnati and raised in Columbus, Moriarty graduated from Ohio State University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in behavioral sciences, and received a law degree from the university in 1977.

A third generation Irish American, Moriarty’s great-grandfather came to the U.S. after the Civil War from Cork. He came through Boston and then worked on the railroad, which took him to Ohio.

Moriarty lives in New York with her husband, who is also an attorney, and their son.

 
Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Emmy Award winning, chief correspondent for the PIX Investigates unit on the PIX News at Ten in New York.

While a student at Queens College in Flushing, Murphy interned in the WCBS-TV newsroom, and after graduating magna cum laude, she was hired by WPIX-TV Channel 11 as a production assistant, working her way up the ladder to staff reporter.

In 1986, WCBS-TV hired Murphy as a general assignment reporter and later, as a breaking news correspondent. Her coverage of the Joel Steinberg and John Gotti trials garnered two Emmy Award wins by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

In 1993, Murphy returned to WPIX-TV as a special correspondent, where she was assigned to major stories, with hosting duties on 11 News Close-up, plus anchor work.

At WPIX, Murphy has continued to win numerous awards, including 14 Emmys (for a total of 16). In 1995, she was honored by the American Women in Radio and Television for a documentary called Schindler: The Real Story, a report on Holocaust survivors living in New York and New Jersey who were the inspiration for the Steven Spielberg film. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for writing.

Murphy’s work has been nominated for four Emmy Awards this year, one for anchoring a 10 p.m. newscast, and several of them for investigative reporting.

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