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Jim Taricani to Retire After 32 Years at WJAR

jim taricaniLongtime WJAR investigative reporter Jim Taricani will retire in April after 32 years at the Providence NBC affiliate, the Providence Journal reports.

In 2004, a federal judge sentenced Taricani to four months in home confinement for refusing to name a source who had provided him with video of a mayoral aide taking a cash bribe. The tape was part of a widespread corruption investigation that ultimately ended with former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci being sent to jail. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for a federal shield law for journalists.

Taricani, 64, received a heart transplant in 1996. He said he plans to work part-time with former WJAR colleague Dyana Koelsch at her communications company.

Julie Tremmel Files Grievance Against WJAR

julie tremmel_wjarJulie Tremmel, the WJAR reporter who was let go last week, has filed a grievance against the Providence, RI, NBC affiliate, a spokesperson for IBEW Local 1228 has confirmed with TVSpy.

“I was terminated without cause from WJAR and my Union and I are fighting it through the grievance and arbitration process in our Contract with the Station,” Tremmel told GoLocal Prov. “That is all I’m prepared to say at this time.”

Tremmel is best known for her report on “how to avoid a bear attack” which went viral and for doing a standup while walking on her hands.

There is a “Bring Julie Tremmel Back to NBC 10” petition online. Currently it has 146 signatures out of a goal of 1000.

TVSpy has asked Media General for comment. We will update when we hear back.

A Week After Handstand Standup, Julie Tremmel Out at WJAR


Julie Tremmel, the Providence, RI, reporter who brought us the dramatized “how to survive a bear attack” video and most recently did a standup while walking on her hands is no longer with WJAR.

A Media General spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy Tremmel no longer works at the NBC affiliate.

 The Newport Buzz wrote on its facebook page, “Sad news for Rhode Island journalism. Julie Tremmel has been let go from WJAR NBC10.”

Reporter Who Acted out ‘Bear Safety Tips’ Attempts Reverse Standup


Julie Tremmel, reporter for Providence, RI, NBC affiliate WJAR has found another way to draw our attention.

Friday night, while reporting on local auditions for the NBC show America’s Got Talent, Tremmel attempted to walk on her hands in her stand up and ended up in a back bend.

In July Tremmel showed viewers what to do in case they came into contact with a bear.

GoLocalProv reported Tremmel’s colleague, investigative reporter Jim Taricani, said at the time the report was a “smudge” on the station’s reputation and added, “…some tv reporters like to draw attention to themselves…its an insult to most of us trying to be professional.”

Matt Blanchette Moves From Sports to News at WLNE

matt blanchetteMatt Blanchette is making the move from sports to news at WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence. Beginning Monday, Blanchette will anchor the station’s morning newscasts alongside Doreen Scanlon.

“Matt and Doreen will be a terrific anchor team. Matt has done an excellent job with station Sports Director Ken Bell in creating a powerful sports department for us,” WLNE news director Nic Moye said in a statement. “His local knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for telling stories about local people will add a lot of value in the morning.”

Blanchette joined WLNE in 2012 as a sports anchor and reporter.

Susan Roberts Out at WPRI

wpri_roberts_croppedSusan Roberts, anchor for WPRI is no longer with the Providence CBS affiliate.

WPRI news director Karen Rezendes told TVSpy, “The station wishes her the best in her future endeavors.”

Before coming to WPRI in January 2011, Roberts worked for CBS Newspath. She has also worked at WJLA in Washington, D.C., KATV in Little Rock, AR, WWL and WDSU in New Orleans.

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WPRI Launches 6:30 p.m. Newscast for Providence FOX station

wpriProvidence, RI, CBS affiliate WPRI is adding a half-hour local newscast to sister station FOX affiliate WNAC on Monday, January 27.

We’re expanding our early evening news coverage to help fit the busy lifestyles of our viewers in Southern New England,” said WPRI news director Karen Rezendes. “Our news team is committed to providing them more local news and weather content when they want it.”

The 6:30 p.m. show will be anchored by Shannon Hegy, Steve Nielsen, and chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca.

Shannon Hegy Joins WPRI From WGGB

After six years at WGGB in Springfield, Shannon Hegy is set to join WPRI in Providence.

Hegy begin at the WGGB assignment desk and eventually became the station’s main anchor, helming the evening newscasts alongside Dave Madsen. She anchored her last WGGB newscasts Friday night, saying she has taken an anchor position at the Providence CBS affiliate (video above).

Meteorologist Kelly Love Makes WJAR Debut

Kelly Love made her debut as morning and noon meteorologist for Providence NBC affiliate WJAR.

She told viewers on facebook to look out for her Monday saying, “My debut on WJAR is tonight at 5:30pm! Wish me luck!” Love was welcomed on set by anchor Gene Valicenti before her first weather hit on the 5:30 news.

But during the 7:00 p.m. show, Love was joined at the weather wall by anchors Dan Jaehnig and Alison Bologna who handed her a WJAR hat and a stuffed NBC peacock as a welcome gift. “Just so you know, she’s not replacing anyone,” Jaehnig told viewers. “She’s just adding to the biggest meteorology team in town.”

Love came to WJAR from WTVM in Columbus, GA, where she was known as Kelly Bryant.

WLNE Names Nicole Moye News Director

Nicole Moye has been named news director at WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence. Her appointment is effective August 21.

Moye comes from WPMT in Harrisburg, Penn., where she was the assistant news director. She has previously worked at KOLD in Bend, Ore., KCOY-KKFX in Santa Barbara, KRON in San Francisco and KPTV in Portland, Ore.

“Nicole has over 20 years of experience in local broadcast news as a producer and news director.  I am confident that she is the ideal person to continue to build on WLNE’s recent success and bring us to the next level in making this station a competitor in the TV market,” vice president and general manager Chris Tzianabos said in a statement.

Moye replaces Robert Rockstroh, who resigned earlier this summer.

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