CBS news anchor arrested for choking wife in Darien

Police say Rob Morrison, anchor for CBS 2 News, also threatened his wife at police station

Robert Scott Morrison, CBS 2 News anchor

Rob Morrison, CBS 2 News anchor, seen here in his mugshot taken by Darien Police.

UPDATE 5:42 PM — Calling the allegations “greatly exaggerated,” Rob and Ashley Morrison issued a joint statement through their lawyer that they are “cooperating fully with the authorities to insure that all of the information necessary to properly evaluate this unfortunate incident is made available.”

The Morrisons also asked that their privacy is respected while the matter is being investigated.

4 p.m.: CBS has declined to comment on the case involving a CBS morning news anchor who is charged with choking his wife. The company has deferred comment to the anchor’s lawyer.


Rob Morrison, a morning news anchor for CBS 2 News in New York City, was arrested for choking his wife after police say he “became increasingly belligerent” toward her during an argument. While he was processed by Darien Police, officers claim to have heard Morrison threaten to harm his wife further.

Rob Morrison, a morning news anchor for CBS 2 News in New York City, was arrested for choking and threatening his wife early morning Sunday, Feb. 17.

His wife, Ashley Morrison, is also a news anchor for CBS, co-hosting the company’s MoneyWatch program. Rob Morrison was released from custody after posting a $100,000 bond. He faces felony strangulation and misdemeanor threatening and disorderly conduct charges.

Darien Police received a phone call from Ashley’s mother, who told them a fight was happening at her daughter’s home at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Police arrived and saw red marks on Ashley’s neck, and reported Rob used both hands to choke her. It’s unclear if Ashley required medical attention.

Rob Morrison has court on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Morrison presided over the Darien YMCA grand reopening as master of ceremonies at the ribbon cutting event last September. He has 20 years of experience in broadcast news, and for a decade worked at WNBC-TV. He has anchored the Emmy Award-winning morning show Today in New York and he also appeared regularly on NBC’s Weekend Today and MSNBC.

Morrison and his family moved to Darien in 2011.

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  • Wow! Stuff like this only happens in Bridgeport!

  • skywasyellow

    It happens everywhere! It is not usually reported in Darien!

    As she slams the door in his drunken face
    And now he stands outside
    And all the neighbors start to gossip and drool
    He cries oh, girl you must be mad,
    What happened to the sweet love you and me had?
    Against the door he leans and starts a scene,
    And his tears fall and burn the garden green

    And so castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually

    Jimi Hendrix Castles Made Of Sand Lyrics

  • Teri

    1) $100k bond for a domestic dispute where the wife show no real injury bond is way to high

    2) The couple are reporters they know there is no privacy once it’s been through the DPD system which the mother in law should have thought of if that’s there main issue

    3) We know based on the Jennings case the Darien PD make things up or leave our info in warrant reports. I can’t even believe Rob was still threatening her unless the wife says it

    4) This case will get dropped – reads like another one filed by board Darien police

  • Hope he enjoys his next gig in Spartenburg, SC.

  • cs.bachtler

    The police telling the lie that ‘ he threatened to kill her, if he is released today/tonight ‘ is typical of standard police procedure in many juristictions. They apparently tell the lie to ensure that a high bail is set so that there is a cooling off time that is intended to prevent an immediate vengefull act. However it is not only an act of abuse, it is also a crime commited by an official agency under ‘ the color of law ‘.

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