NYC traffic reporter broadcasts busy reports from Tifton’s home
TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) – New York City is known to be one of the busiest cities when it comes to traffic. Experts even say that drivers are encouraged to use other means of transport, such as walking, cycling or public transport. Morning traffic reporter Karen Stewart-Matzo has been helping New Yorkers navigate traffic for over 20 years.
Stewart-Matzo is originally from Brooklyn. She moved to Tifton in April 2021 and says she is still trying to adjust to a much slower lifestyle.
Now you’re probably wondering how does she handle traffic from Georgia? She uses two computer screens in her home office, which show live, real-time New York traffic on the freeways.
She is on air from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. She does her traffic reports every 10 minutes on the WINS news radio. During her traffic report, she points out accidents, traffic jams and road closures to help New York commuters get to their destination safely.
She also reports for the Boomer Esiasonsports radio show on WFANS and for WCBS as well.
“It’s so fast up there and I grew up in New York. I grew up in Brooklyn, so it’s in my blood that everything has to go fast and fast and go go go, and you come here and nobody’s go go go, you know?” Stewart-Matzo said.
She says she reads all of her traffic reports by ad-libbing, without a script. She told WALB she’s been doing it long enough to just look at a paper map and tell travelers where to go.
She moved to Tifton with her husband and their two children.
She says she is happy to be in the friendly town and plans to adjust to her new normal.
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