John Del Giorno
When Metro Traffic partnered with WABC-TV and Eyewitness News to launch News Copter 7, John was chosen to lead the effort. Already an airborne reporter, studio announcer, and producer with Metro, he has been on board ever since.
John specializes in live coverage of breaking news. As both airborne reporter and camera operator, he has been at the scene of countless news events in the region including the Long Island Wildfires of 1995, TWA Flight 800, Egypt Air 990, the search for JFK Jr., flooding from Tropical Storm Floyd, and the Blackout of 2003.
On September 11, 2001, News Copter 7 was airborne as the tragic events at the World Trade Center unfolded. John's coverage began as the second plane flew past his helicopter over New York Harbor and ended more than five hours later, his reports and images seen worldwide.
Parts of this work are featured within the September 11 gallery at the Newseum in Washington DC.
His recollections of September 11 have been included with the country's leading journalists in two books, Running Toward Danger (Rowan and Littlefield, 2002) and Covering Catastrophe (Bonus Books, 2002).
In 2008, John received an Emmy Award for best On-Camera Talent: Live Reporter. He is the first helicopter reporter ever to be recognized in this category.
When not flying in News Copter 7, John can sometimes be found cruising above major sporting events nationwide, serving as a blimp camera operator.
John serves on the Board of Directors for the National ENG Helicopter Association, a group dedicated to safety awareness within the news helicopter industry nationwide.
John is a graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Television-Radio. He is lifelong resident of New Jersey and resides there with his wife, traffic reporter Cristina Lang, and their three children.
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