Roma Torre (born April 20, 1958) is an American TV journalist and theater critic. She joined NY1 in 1992 and is currently the anchor for "Your News Live at Noon", a one-hour live news broadcast every weekday. In addition to "Live at Noon," she is also the mid-day anchor every weekday.
Torre is also a Theater Critic for NY1. She previously anchored NY1’s morning news as well as the station’s political news program, “Inside City Hall”. She has also co-anchored the inaugural ceremonies at City Hall Plaza and co-hosted the Tony Awards.
Torre began her career at WCBS-TV as a news writer and producer. She also spent 5 years at News 12 Long Island. In 1992, NY1 was founded and she became the news anchor for "News All Day", appearing in the daytime newscasts. Over 25 years with NY1, Torre had taken up different roles at the station, including hosting "Inside City Hall" and theater show "On Stage". Currently, Torre anchors "Your News Live at Noon" and is the station's mid-day anchor.
Torre has received over 30 broadcasting awards including a 2019 Emmy and a 1991 Emmy for her coverage of the Avianca plane crash disaster. She was also a recipient of the Newswomen’s Club of New York's 2003 Peggy Award for Broadcasting for her review of the Broadway show, Big River.
In November 2019, "Torre was awarded entry into National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in recognition of 25 years of distinguished contribution to New York television."
Torre is the daughter of Marie Torre, a well-known journalist who was the first to gain national attention for serving 10 days in jail after refusing to identify a news source in a dispute involving CBS and Judy Garland in Garland v. Torre.
Born in New York City, Torre grew up in Pittsburgh and aspired to be an actress. She graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude with a degree in English and History. After graduation, she founded a theater company with her now husband, Ed Lopez.
They are married and have 2 children, Alejandro and Alegra.
Torre is a colon cancer survivor and has been an outspoken patient advocate urging early screening as the best prevention for the disease.
Lawsuit against Charter Communications
In 2019, along with four other anchorwomen, Amanda Farinacci, Vivian Lee, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy, Torre filed an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against the station's parent company, Charter Communications. Torre and the other four plaintiffs claimed that the new parent company marginalized them, reducing their airtime and paying them less money than male counterparts. They also accused the company of hiring younger "literal replacements" based on their race and skin color.
Charter Communications refuted the claims, stating “We take these allegations seriously, and as we complete our thorough review, we have not found any merit to them.”
In July, 2019, Torre again criticized NY1 for allegedly retaliating her and her lawsuit by refusing her to cover the USWNT 2019 ticker-tape parade. “In contrast to 2015, this year NY1 has excluded me from live coverage of the celebration. This year, only weeks after we filed our lawsuit, NY1 has informed me that I will not be involved in the live parade coverage despite my request to continue in this role,” she wrote.