Ann Tripp is the News Director of both WBLS and WLIB Radio. Ann currently provides the twice hourly “news and views” on the nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show on WBLS and the once an hour news update on The Erica Campbell Morning Show on WLIB, which is also heard nationally.
Ann has long been known for her unique, “conversational” news delivery…a style now employed by several other radio and television news announcers.
Ann Tripp is the host of Healthful Solutions (on cable); she’s been a narrator on certain Showtime Television specials and is the executive producer, researcher and “voice” of the nationally-syndicated show Black History Minute (United Stations Radio Network), where she profiles the historic, cultural, political and social milestones of African Americans. Prior to this, Ms. Tripp was the news commentator on The Paul Mooney Show (WBLS) and before that performed as both the co-host of The Global Village on WLIB and newscaster on The Doug Banks Show on WBLS….at the same time!
Ann Tripp began her on-air career at age 14 at WNYC as an announcer, actor and singer on the weekly variety show produced by the Police Athletic League. She graduated from City College, toured Europe for a few years as a singer and then began her adult media career as a street reporter and on-air personality on WHN (now ESPN), a position she held for 6 years. Tripp then worked at WNEW before moving to WKTU as a news announcer and interviewer for the next eight years.
Ann Tripp next served as News and Public Service Director at WXRK (K-Rock) and then enjoyed a 13-year stint at WRKS (KISS-FM) starting in 1987, where she was heard every morning as co-host of the top-rated Isaac Hayes and Friends Morning Show, adding a “woman’s touch” through her bubbly personality, funny antics and “on-target” one-liners. On weekends, she was a co-host of the highly rated political roundtable The Week in Review.
Ann Tripp has taught broadcast journalism at the National Broadcasting Network and conducted media seminars at Jersey City State College. Tripp is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the New York Press Club and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc.
Ann Tripp has received a Congressional Proclamation, three New York City Council Proclamations and has been honored by the New York State Broadcasters Association for her domestic violence series. Ms. Tripp has been awarded the Ida B. Wells Journalism Award, the Lincoln Center Award, Best Female New York City Radio Newscaster, Outstanding Young Woman in America and most recently, The McDonald’s “Faces of Black History” Award (2012) ,and the “Rosa Parks Award” from the Social Studies teachers union of the City of New York.(2015).
She has been honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta Sororities, Bellevue Hospital, the Boy Scouts, the Bedford-Stuyvesant Healthy-Heart Program, the American Kidney Foundation, the Jackie Robinson Center for Physical Culture, The Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Network Journal, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, Legends of Brooklyn, Safe Horizon and by Black Veterans for Social Justice.
Ann Tripp has been quoted in the New York Times, New York Newsday and the New York Daily News.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Harlem Beauty Pageant, the New York Lung Association, Safe Horizon (formerly Victim Services) and The Make the Grade Foundation.
Her television appearances include: Good Day New York, The Maury Povich Show, Geraldo, The Ed Gordon Show, Donahue, the John Walsh Show and the United Negro College Fund Telethon (as a host for four years).