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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.

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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.”

‘I Feel Like a Bag of Poop’: Woman Who Sicced Dogs on WLNE Crew Speaks Up

The Providence Phoenix recently went looking for the story behind the now viral video of Melisa Lawrence throwing a rock at WLNE reporter Abbey Niezgoda and photographer Marc Jackson, then grabbing a baseball bat to drive the local ABC affiliate crew away before eventually siccing her dogs on them.

Everybody’s like, “Oh, you’re a star now!” I don’t feel like a star. If this is what they call “being a star” then guess what? Let me be the dirt. I’d rather be . . . just a pile of dirt. Because that’s how I feel. I feel like a bag of poop. I feel like nothing. I feel like the scum of the earth.

The Phoenix spoke to local reporters, community leaders and Lawrence herself to hear what happened before the incident, what might have prevented it from happening and give Lawrence more dimension than the video suggests.

Lawrence, who is now facing two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, told the Phoenix the story was ruining her life and went on to offer some advice to TV crews, “When you’re dealing with the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or whoever — just dealing with victims of a shooting, period — have some compassion. Put yourself in their shoes. You know? Try to get a better understanding of what they’re going through and, like, approach them a different way. If they say ‘No,’ just understand: ‘No’ means ‘No.’”

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