Mark McEwen on CBS' Early Show in 2006 (courtesy CBSNews.com)
As we mentioned earlier this week, former WKMG-Local 6 anchor Mark McEwen returns to television this Saturday when he fills-in as the weatherman on CBS’ Saturday Early Show.
Now, media outlets around the country are picking up the feel-good story — noting McEwen’s miraculous recovery from his massive stroke nearly five years ago. …
- “Mark McEwen is a survivor, who has beat all odds and is returning to his true passion — reporting,” CBS News reports.
- “Mark McEwen will return to ‘The Early Show’ on Saturday. But it’s more than a homecoming — it will be McEwen’s first nationally televised weather forecast since suffering a devastating and debilitating stroke in 2005,” the New York Post reports.
- “Mark McEwen returning to visit ‘The Early Show,’ ” The Associated Press reports.
- “Weatherman Mark McEwen will return to CBS News and The Early Show Saturday for the first time since recovering from a near-fatal stroke,” Broadcasting & Cable reports.
- “Mark McEwen, who worked for CBS from 1987 to 2002, will appear in his first nationally televised weather forecast — and he’ll sit down for an interview — since recovering from a near-fatal stroke in 2005,” USA Today reports.
By the way, this won’t be his first appearance on the CBS morning program since his stroke. He returned in 2006 to discuss it and his recovery.
Good news for former WKMG-Local 6 anchor Mark McEwen. He’s returning to network TV.
However, it’s just for a day — next Saturday when he presents the weather on CBS’ Saturday Early Show.
“It’s very heartening to be back on TV,” McEwen told Orlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker. “I want to show people you can overcome a stroke or anything. I got in touch with them [CBS] about by doing entertainment pieces. They came back and said, ‘How about the weather?’ I said OK. It’s a one-day fill-in.”
As you likely know, McEwen suffered a massive stroke in 2005, just a couple of months after he was named the new morning anchor for Local 6.
Since then has come lots of therapy, public appearances to raise awareness about strokes and a book he wrote about his experience, “After the Stroke: My Journey Back to Life.” He even has a website to promote the publication.
McEwen told Boedeker that while he’s “doing fine,” “I’m still kind of dealing with the aftermath of a massive stroke.”
Read more with McEwen here.
It’s been nearly five years since former Local 6 anchor Mark McEwen’s life took an unexpected turn. Flying back to Orlando from an out-of-town trip, and after being diagnosed with what a doctor thought was stomach flu, McEwen stuffered a debilitating stroke.
“What I’ve been through, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy,” McEwen told WKMG.
McEwen returned recently to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, where he was treated and began his long road to recovery. “This place saved my life, and I’ll never forget that,” he said.
A Maryland doctor will not be held liable for failing to diagnose the pre-stroke symptoms of former CBS and WKMG anchor Mark McEwen.
The Associated Press reports that Monday’s ruling in U.S. District Court in Baltimore is a setback for McEwen, who was diagnosed by the doctor with stomach flu two days before he suffered a massive stroke while flying home to Orlando in November 2005. McEwen and his attorneys claimed the stroke could have been prevented if McEwen had been given drugs including aspirin and anti-coagulates when he was examined by Dr. Michael Bond at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
“I was very disappointed,” McEwen told The AP. “When you’re up against something that’s kind of murky, it tends to throw a person who’s used to knowing the difference between right and wrong.”
McEwen’s stroke and his recovery have been documented by WKMG as well as the networks. Despite an amazing recovery, McEwen was never able to return to the anchor chair.
Read the full AP story here.
A couple of quick notes, the first two courtesy of Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker …
WRDQ-Channel 27 will provide live coverage of the Central Florida speeches by former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tonight. Clinton and Obama will be in Kissimme, making their first joint appearance on the campaign trail. The speeches aren’t expected until 11 p.m.
And, Good Morning America is coming to Orlando on Thursday. The ABC News morning show will broadcast from Church Street Station in downtown Orlando. Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo will be in town for the show, which will air from inside and outside the Cheyenne Saloon on Church Street. The public is invited – coffee and bagels will be available at 6:15 a.m. for early risers.
And finally …. Former WKMG anchor Mark McEwen will be the narrator for Lincoln’s Year, which will be performed Saturday at 8 p.m. by the Orlando Philharomic Orchestra. For more information, click here.
Jacquie Sosa, who was paired with Mark McEwen in one of the earlier (and unsuccessful) attempts to revive WKMG’s morning news, will be back on TV in the mornings starting Thursday — the first day of the November sweeps.
Sosa is the newest co-anchor of the Fox 35 Morning News on WOFL. She’ll join a team that includes Jim Van Fleet, Heidi Hatch, Tom Johnson and Cris Martinez.
”I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend the