Talking to the Competition

Lisa Thomas-Laury was a prime Anchor at WPVI in Philly for years.

In 1978, she beat Oprah Winfrey for a coveted position at WPVI where she anchored the 5 p.m. broadcast for decades. 

Behind the camera, Thomas-Laury was privately battling demons on two fronts.

She suffered from a rare condition called POEMS syndrome that paralyzed her vocal cords, bound her to a wheelchair and required two bone marrow transplants. Then, she became addicted to the opioids prescribed to treat her chronic pain.

And now, she's talking to only one station. 




Why is the longtime WPVI Anchor telling her story to the station across the street, during the November book? 

If we didn't know better, we might believe there are some scars that still have not healed. 

Here's the story that the NBC O&O did about the former ABC O&O Anchor.