Alycia Lane: ‘Latina bombshell’ to broadcasting tragedy

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    Former KYW-TV newscaster Alycia Lane exits the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    At the height of her broadcasting career in Philadelphia, Alycia Lane was known by some as the “Latina Bombshell.”

    That’s not exactly what any rising star in the news media wants to be known as, but Alycia Lane came to be called much worse during her time over the past decade in the city of brotherly love.

    She eventually was fired by the CBS station there, apparently over an increasing negative public image involving a tryst with a co-anchor, sending photos of herself to a married NFL network broadcaster – and his wife, accidentally — and slugging a New York City cop whom she called a “dyke.”

    “The Very Public Self-Destruction of Alycia Lane” is how Philadelphia magazine depicted her time there in a profile that would have seemed to put a final dagger in her career.

    Lane, though, was more than a bombshell, when you met her in person it could be difficult to immediately look beyond how how beautiful and gorgeous she appeared to be.

    And in those undoubtedly difficult final days for her in Philadelphia, she believed strongly in herself and that she could salvage something out of her personal and career debacle. She filed lawsuits against her former station, a onetime co-anchor and the station manager.

    If to some, she sounded like some imaginary out-of-control Ronda Burgundy created by Hollywood, then Lane’s next job would have seemed perfect.

    Alycia Lane leaves Philadelphia for L.A.

    Alycia Lane scandal, broadcasting

    KNBC broadcaster Alycia Lane. (Photo NBC)

    Since 2009, Lane had been an anchor on weekends and mornings for the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles where she maintained a considerably lower public profile as she showed the talent that had gotten her into journalism in the first place.

    Lane, 41, won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for writing on a special story about the mysterious disorder known as “Angelman Syndrome” and also received multiple Emmy Golden Mic awards.

    Los Angeles also would have seemed to be the ideal place for a major career comeback for Alycia Lane. She is of Puerto Rican descent on her mother’s side, and Tinseltown has never truly had a superstar Latina anchor.

    Lane’s time now might have seemed perfect, given that the city is about half Hispanic and getting increasingly more Latino. But this week, almost as quietly as she arrived in Los Angeles, Lane was let go by KNBC, which in a statement publicly wished her well in her future endeavors.

    This apparently comes as no surprise in Philadelphia where there has been a chorus of cheering coming from the news galleries there.

    Lane’s lawsuits in Philadelphia have been dismissed as well, though not before CBS, as part of a pre-trial motion in her wrongful termination suit released the embarrassing bikini emails between Lane and NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, suggesting something more than a friendly relationship.

    Lane has long maintained the relationship was a 10-year platonic friendship.

    As for the charges of hitting the cop, a New York judge in 2008 dropped the felony assault charges against Lane and reduced her charges to misdemeanors – that were to be dropped if she was not arrested over the next six months, which she wasn’t.

    Some of Lane’s headaches stemmed from former boyfriend and Philadelphia co-anchor Larry Mendte hacking into her computer and stealing her emails that he fed to gossip columnists.

    In August 2008 Mendte pleaded guilty to charges related to intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization and was sentenced to three years probation, six months home confinement.Meanwhile, Lane’s lawsuit against Mendte and a CBS general manager have been dismissed.

    In Los Angeles, this was all but a footnote. In an ever-changing news media, there have been local anchor firings and station shuffles that few can keep up with.

    There also have been no rumors of anything negative Lane might have done to cause her firing. Instead, the bottom line here may just be that TV news station celebrities in Los Angeles, a city full of big-time stars, don’t occupy people’s minds the way they seem to in Philadelphia.

    Local historian and blogger Kevin Roderick may have put it best in summing up Lane’s time in Los Angeles.

    “I’m not sure that I ever saw Lane on the morning news,” he wrote, “but here’s what I remember about her as the weekend anchor on Channel 4: She was good.”

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