Greg McQuade

Anchor/Reporter/Host
gmcquade@wtvr.com

Greetings!

I remember watching newscasts in Boston as a youngster and saying to myself, 'Now THAT is something I want to do.' From very early on, I knew I wanted to land a job as a television reporter in the news biz. Flip through the pages in my high school year book and you will find "News Broadcaster" under my career goals.

My roots stretch back to Somerville, MA. I graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in broadcasting in 1992. During my college days, I gained as much experience in the field as possible. In 1991, I landed a position as a disc jockey at KLHI F.M. 101 on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. I also spent seven months in Dublin, Ireland during an exchange program. I worked as a political intern for a representative in the Irish Parliament while studying at the Institute of Public Administration. The second half of the program took me to Belfast, Northern Ireland to study at Queen's University and work as an intern with the BBC's "Good Morning Ulster" radio program.

During my college days in Boston, I paid for tuition by selling popcorn and ice cream at historic Boston Garden during Celtics and Bruins home games. Following graduation, I landed an entry level position as a video archivist at WBZ-TV in Boston. It was such a treat working with many of the folks I admired and grew up watching.

In 1997, I moved to Bangor, Maine for my first on-air reporting job at WVII-TV. The job prepared me well for a career in broadcasting. In a small market, the size of Bangor, you work long hours, shoot the pictures, write the story, edit the video and go live all while getting paid very little. It was an experience filled with riches I cannot count. I will always cherish.

One of the highlights during my time in Maine was flying on a National Guard tanker over the Atlantic Ocean during a refueling mission involving eight F-16 fighter jets. I also had an opportunity to play a bit part in the film "Storm of the Century." Stephen King, who is a Bangor native, wrote and appeared in the movie as well.

In 1998, I returned to Boston to work at NECN as a weekend reporter. I covered a wide range of New England and national stories including the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. One of the most memorable moments during my tenure at NECN was interviewing former Russian leader Mikail Gorbachev. One of the most heart-wrenching stories I ever had to cover was the deaths of six Worcester firefighters who lost their lives in a cold storage facility during a fire in December of 1999.

In the fall of 2000, I moved to Richmond after landing a job at WTVR as the military/political affairs reporter. I consider myself a history buff and Richmond offers plenty of the past to keep me satisfied. During my time here at WTVR I've had some remarkable experiences including flying with the Blue Angels, covering President Bush's inauguration in 2001 and witnessing countless brave sailors and marines leave for and return from war.

I also traveled across the pond to England in the spring of '05 to explore the historic link between the U.K. and Virginia for the 400th anniversary of Jamestown. One of the most fascinating interviews I conducted during my time spent in England was with Lord Cornwallis, the great-great-great grandson of Lord Cornwallis who surrendered to George Washington in Yorktown, Virginia essentially ending the Revolutionary War. Did you know that Richmond was named after a small English town Richmond-Upon-Thames right outside London? And that Native American Princess Pocahontas from Virginia who married explorer, John Rolfe, is buried in Gravesend, England? My reports from that week were transferred to a DVD and placed in a time capsule at Historic Jamestowne. In 2057, the time capsule will be unearthed and opened for the 450th anniversary commemoration.

In 2007, I had the golden opportunity to once again return to England and work at the BBC in Kent, England. It was part of an exchange with the BBC South East. One of their reporters switched jobs with me. Journalist Mark Norman settled in at CBS6 while I worked as a reporter for the BBC's evening broadcast. It was one of the highlights of my broadcasting career.

In my spare time I like to travel the world, shoot still photos and search my family history. For the last several years, I've been tracking down and interviewing the soldiers who served in the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion during WWII. My late grandfather, William McQuade, was captain of 'A' Company in the 692nd. I've driven and flown to many states across America to meet these aging veterans in their homes and reunions. They've been sharing stories that help me get to know the grandfather I never met. In 2006, I produced an award winning two-part series on my search called, "Soldier In the Photograph".

I have had the pleasure of working with some truly talented photographers here at CBS6. We've produced many award winning stories covering the hot button issue of urban sprawl in central Virginia, the history of Jackson Ward: The Harlem of the South and human smuggling in the United States. I've earned nine Emmy Awards and ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, a National Association of Black Journalists' Salute to Excellence Award and four Virginia Association of Broadcasters Awards.

Recent Articles

  • Ex-prosecutor warns legalizing pot sets dangerous precedent

    Posted on: 6:06 pm, March 13, 2014, by

    As the stigma of pot use softens and more states legalize it, educators and enforcers at a symposium at VCU deliver a stern message: the drug is toxic.
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  • Henrico firefighters extinguish car fire, find human remains

    Posted on: 5:45 pm, March 7, 2014, by and , updated on: 09:55pm, March 7, 2014

    Friday afternoon Henrico firefighters found a body inside a vehicle, outside a home in the East End of the county.
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  • Celebratory gunfire meets harsher penalties as Brendon’s Law passes

    Posted on: 1:09 am, March 7, 2014, by , updated on: 08:25am, March 7, 2014

    Supporters are calling Brendon's Law passage a huge victory.
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  • 2 hurt after Richmond ambulance van runs off road, hits trees

    Posted on: 12:59 pm, March 6, 2014, by and , updated on: 03:59pm, March 6, 2014

    State Police continue to investigate what caused the ambulance to crash.
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    Ambulance photo
  • Police officer saves Valentine’s Day for child hurt in crash

    Posted on: 8:58 am, March 5, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:52am, March 6, 2014

    For little girls like Najah Zarif, Valentines Day is a pretty big deal especially at school. But this year her heart was broken not by a classmate, but a bone.
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  • Group charged with county pizza crimes

    Posted on: 12:41 pm, February 28, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:21pm, February 28, 2014

    Men are charged in connection to the Jan. robbery of a Hull Street Papa John's and Pizza Hut robbery in Glen Allen.
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  • 15 new stores, restaurants coming to Short Pump Town Center

    Posted on: 9:32 am, February 27, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:55pm, February 27, 2014

    In addition to the new stores, the mall announced a multi-million dollar renovation project.
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  • Local residents clean up after damage from Friday’s severe weather

    Posted on: 1:39 pm, February 21, 2014, by , and , updated on: 10:45pm, February 22, 2014

    The heavy storms which pummeled parts of Central Virginia and brought brief tornado warnings also caused serious damage in their wake.
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  • 22-year-old arrested for filming woman in Chesterfield dressing room

    Posted on: 11:53 am, February 20, 2014, by , and , updated on: 08:41pm, February 22, 2014

    Police sources told CBS 6 News that the suspect turned himself in Thursday night.
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  • Largest Civil War prison break is tale of courage and bravery

    Posted on: 5:03 pm, February 18, 2014, by , updated on: 07:57am, February 19, 2014

    It was one of the largest prison breaks in US history and it happened right in our backyard.
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    Libby Prison Collage
  • Grocery chain eyes long-abandoned Northside mall

    Posted on: 8:44 am, February 5, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:19am, February 6, 2014

    It’s a preliminary sign of life for the 49-acre slab of overgrown concrete that housed the mall from its opening in 1963 until its demolition 15 years ago.
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    Azalea Mall was demolished 15 years ago. (PHOTO: Burl Rolett)
  • Richmond Super Bowl celebration of Seahawks’ Wilson and Robinson

    Posted on: 2:19 pm, January 31, 2014, by , updated on: 10:49pm, January 31, 2014

    Teammates Russell Wilson and Michael Robinson, who share Henrico roots, are stepping into the national spotlight.
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