NBC10'S LU ANN CAHN is leaving the station after 27 years. While NBC brass titled her departure a retirement, Cahn told me she's simply leaving to do something new.
Cahn has had a storied career at WCAU. She got personal in the early '90s by sharing her story of fighting breast cancer and netted a national Emmy nomination for her 2005 story "Dirty Little Secret," about an illegal bar run by officials in Delco, among other accomplishments.
"Lu Ann is a woman who strikes fear in the hearts of scammers and evil-doers, hope in the hearts of breast-cancer patients and confidence in the hearts of those longing to reboot their lives," Anzio Williams, NBC10's vice president of news, said in a prepared statement.
Last year, Cahn released I Dare Me, an inspirational memoir about trying something new every day. She'll continue that path when she goes on a 30-day, 30-dare book tour, driving cross-country beginning next month to bring her message to the masses.
As the Wizard World turns . . .
Wizard World Philadelphia, the city's annual comic con, announced that tickets are on sale for next year's event, taking place May 7 to 10. Stars on the roster to appear include Robin Lord Taylor ("Gotham" and "The Walking Dead"), Penn Badgley ("Gossip Girl"), Kelly Frye ("The Flash") and Katie Cassidy ("Arrow").
To get tix, visit wizd.me/PhiladelphiaPRAdmissions.
OUT AND ABOUT
I hear pop star and co-star of the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" flick Rita Ora dined at Continental Mid-town (1801 Chestnut St.) yesterday before her performance at the Q102 Jingle Ball, at the Wells Fargo Center. My tipster told me that the glamorous Ora donned full fur for her bite at the Stephen Starr mainstay.
Chickie's & Pete's (1526 Packer Ave.) had a couple of celebs chowing down Sunday after the Eagles game. Comedian Carrot Top, who has been all over town this week, came after watching his bud Jon Dorenbos play, while former reality star, current trainwreck Jon Gosselin also got his crab fries on.
Meet the People Paper people
Daily News sports writers (and office Secret Santa superstars) Ed Barkowitz and Mike Kern will guest bartend tonight in South Philly as part of a holiday toy drive. The boys will be at the Shamrock Pub (1400 S. 2nd St.)from 7 p.m. until whenever. Give 'em a toy and a hard time by ordering a couple of mojitos.
LEAP to action
NBC10's Christine Maddela and Jesse Gary are emceeing LEAP Academy University Charter School's annual scholarship gala, at the Curtis Center tomorrow. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, the chairwoman of the Camden school, was honored by Queen Latifah on her talk show earlier this year.
Local organization Emily's Entourage, which funds research to fight cystic fibrosis, will hold its third annual gala on Saturday at the Baldwin School (701 Montgomery Ave.) from 7 to 10 p.m. Food personality Hope Cohen will emcee the event, but the true guest of honor is Emily's Entourage founder, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff.
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