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Liz Claman comes back to familiar turf

Liz Claman signs portraits at the Fox Business booth at the Boston Convention Center on Tuesday.
Liz Claman signs portraits at the Fox Business booth at the Boston Convention Center on Tuesday.JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Liz Claman knows where to get a good breakfast in Boston. The Fox Business Network anchor - who's been in town for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's conference "The Cable Show'' at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center - spent Tuesday morning at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe in the South End where she ordered cranberry pancakes without having to look twice at the menu. Claman used to live in Boston. She spent the mid-'90s at Channel 7, where she met her husband, Jeff Kepnes, who's now executive producer of special events for CNN. Kepnes is from Canton, so Claman comes back to the Bay State often. She admitted to us over breakfast that back in the day, when she was ready to leave her post in Cleveland, her agent told her to pursue a job in Boston because of her red hair. "He said, 'You look Irish. Let's try Boston.' '' The Los Angeles native, who went to Phillips Andover, went one step further and on the recommendation of her mother, bought a kelly green suit for her interview. Then she researched Boston so much that she sounded like a native. "My head was exploding with how you pronounce Peabody and how you say 'Quinzy' instead of Quincy.'' Claman said that as much as she hoped to have time to see her Canton in-laws during this trip, she was just as happy to reconnect with the city before she left town. "Getting back here means the South Shore. I want to be in the South End,'' she said, grinning. Claman spent Tuesday afternoon signing autographs at the cable event. Other names at the expo on Tuesday included director-writer Edward Burns, who was spotted at Cafe Fleuri at the Langham during his Boston stay. On Tuesday night, cable celebs such as Bruce and Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian Odom, and Willie Garson of "White Collar'' (and the Boston movie "Fever Pitch'') were expected to attend an NBCUniversal party at Gypsy Bar. Wednesday's expo guests include Brookliner guy Conan O'Brien.