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Colleagues Remember Chet Curtis: ‘The Ultimate Professional, a Great Friend’

chet curtis necnColleagues and friends of Chet Curtis, who died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer, remember the longtime Boston anchor as “magnetic” and “an amazing guy.” WCVB, where Curtis worked for nearly 30 years, has a collection of tributes from current and former staffers:

“I was out with a couple of former photographers at WCVB recently. And the one comment that seemed to resurface was nobody ever had a bad word to say about him,” former WCVB anchor Jim Boyd said. “I mean, he was just the ultimate professional, a great friend, a very giving and loving person.”

“Chet was the kind of person who always made you feel good, no matter whether you were in a tense newsroom or just chatting in the hallway. He had that gift to envelop you with a kind of cloud of happiness,” recalled former WCVB medical editor Tim Johnson. “But I have to say almost in the same breath he was an excellent news man. He had great news instincts. He never acted like some of the caricatures of news men we see on the TV or in the movies. He had very good instincts, and you could always trust what he was trying to do with whatever news was at hand.”

WGBH host Emily Rooney, the daughter of the late Andy Rooney, told The Boston Globe “there is no single human being in the world, Peter Jennings included, who was better at the ad lib than Chet.” Rooney, who is a former WCVB news director, shared a famous Curtis story: Read more

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Retired Boston Anchor Jim Boyd Honored

Jim Boyd, former anchor for Boston’s WCVB will be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Friday.

Boyd, who retired from the business in 2008, worked for the ABC affiliate as a reporter and anchor for 36 years.  He told Needham’s WickedLocal.com he’s uncomfortable with his recent reappearance in the spotlight,

“If you’re a journalist, my perception is that you’re involved in a service. You’re a conduit. You take the info and you make the darndest effort to be truthful, reliable, responsible to your news consumers,” he said at a poolside table behind his Needham home. “But it’s not really about you.”

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