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Gary LaPierre (April 14, 1942 – February 4, 2019)[1] was a radio and television journalist, who spent most of his career with WBZ, an all-news radio station in Boston, Massachusetts. He also made appearances on WBZ-TV's news broadcasts, often filling in as a substitute anchor. LaPierre retired in 2006 after 40 years at the anchor desk.[2] He had started at WBZ in 1964 as a general news reporter.

Gary LaPierre
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Born(1942-04-14)April 14, 1942[1]
DiedFebruary 4, 2019(2019-02-04) (aged 76)
ResidenceIpswich, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
Alma materGrahm Junior College
OccupationRadio broadcaster
Years active1961–2006
Known forWBZ (AM) radio news anchor

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Early life and careerEdit

Born in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, LaPierre graduated from Grahm Junior College and attended the University of New Hampshire and Boston University.[3] His first job in radio was with WHAV in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1961.[4] He then worked briefly in New Hampshire before joining WBZ, where he would work for a total of 43 years.[4]

LaPierre was heard on WBZ for a number of years giving a daily commentary, "LaPierre on the Loose". He was also heard doing commercials for various advertisers. In 1999, he played Ebenezer Scrooge in WBZ's adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. This version has been played every Christmas Eve since then.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

LaPierre was married, and had two sons.[5] He underwent heart bypass surgery in 2005.[6] He died at his home in Ipswich, Massachusetts, on February 4, 2019, from leukemia at age 76.[7]

Honors and awardsEdit

In 1998, LaPierre received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Emerson College.[3] He was also inducted in the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame,[8] in 2010.[9] Other awards include:[3]

  • Gold Award for Best Newsman of the Year, at the International Radio Festival in New York City (1986)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, from the March of Dimes Achievement in Radio Organization (1997)
  • Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio Newscast, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (1998)
  • Associated Press Award for Documentary of the Year
  • San Francisco Award for Best Investigative Journalism

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Obituary for Mr. Gary J. LaPierre". tributes.com. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Gary LaPierre gives his final broadcast on WBZ". Boston.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "WBZ Biography". wbz.com. Archived from the original on January 4, 2008 – via Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Seaman, Larry (June 10, 2016). "Interview with Gary LaPierre Around Town Sneak Peek WHAV radio Stars". Retrieved February 5, 2019 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Interview". The Boston Globe. March 2, 1986. Retrieved February 5, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Good news at WBZ radio". The Boston Globe. November 9, 2005. p. E2. Retrieved February 5, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Retired longtime Boston radio, television journalist Gary LaPierre dies at 76". WCVB. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  8. ^ "CBS Boston Biography". boston.cbslocal.com. Archived from the original on January 13, 2016 – via Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Brown, Joel (January 6, 2011). "Broadcasters Hall of Fame inducts local luminaries". The Boston Globe. p. NO1. Retrieved February 5, 2019 – via newspapers.com.

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