STEVE BARNES Staff writer
Section: MAIN,  Page: A9

Date: Friday, May 29, 1998

On Thursday, colleagues and competitors reminisced about NewsChannel 13 anchor Chris Kapostasy: John Gray, WNYT reporter and anchor, who covered the 1996 Democratic National Convention with Kapostasy: ``We saw George Stephanopoulos, and I thought he wouldn't talk to us, but she said, `Who is he not to talk to us,' and she made a beeline for him, told him we were from the NBC affiliate in Albany, and he talked to her. She got an interview that very few other people got.'' Paul Conti, news director, WNYT: ``When the (Olympic) bomb went off, she called me at home. She'd just come off a 14-hour shift and had gotten back on the bus to go back to (the hotel) and they literally turned right around and went back. By the time she called me she was ready to file updates for our `Today' show cut-ins, she had special reports that afternoon and she had stories (edited) for that night. I think she went almost 27 to 28 hours without any sleep. ``In the middle of all that, she was still compassionate. She ran into a woman who was searching for her family, and she helped her -- not because it was news, but because she wanted to help her find them.'' Steve Baboulis, general manager, WNYT: ``She's the world's greatest baker. Once, when we had a party to celebrate becoming No. 1, she made the world's greatest multitiered chocolate-raspberry cakes. Although I was on a diet at the time, I think I ate a whole tier by myself.'' Greg Floyd, anchor and managing editor, WXXA, Ch. 23: ``This goes way, way back. We were both in radio at the time (Kapostasy at WTRY, Floyd at WENT in Gloversville), and she did a live report from a plane that had been threatened. . . . I remember thinking right then, what kind of luck is that, doing on-the-scene reports from this breaking story? I knew then that she led a charmed journalistic life.'' Chris Kapostasy finished the story: ``I was flying to New Orleans to meet the parents of my now-husband for the first time. The plane literally dropped right out of the sky. . . . It turned out to be a bomb threat, and there wasn't a bomb.

``We were bringing lobsters with us, and the bomb-sniffing dogs went nuts when they smelled the lobsters. When the lobsters finally came off the plane, the Styrofoam cooler they were in had claw and bite holes in it, and the claws were sticking out.

``When we got there, I phoned (the station) and did the report live. I interviewed (her future husband) and all these other people from Albany who had gone through this scary experience.''

Ed Dague, co-anchor, WNYT: ``We have a camaraderie that's genuine, and continues off-camera, which is where we have the most fun. . . . Just the other night, as she was (reading the prompter) I heard her throat start to close up, and I finished the sentence for her. She's done the same thing for me many times.''