Jacqui Heinrich Joining FOX 25 as Reporter

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Emmy award-winning journalist Jacqui Heinrich will be joining WFXT-TV FOX 25 News as a reporter in early February.

Jacqui comes to her hometown of Boston from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she has been an anchor and reporter for KTNV-TV Channel 13 Action News since September 2013. Jacqui joined the station as a general assignment reporter before being promoted to weekend morning anchor in July.

“It will be bittersweet to leave my KTNV Channel 13 Action News family and all the friends I’ve made in my 2 1/2 years here,” Jacqui said on her Facebook page. “But I’m thrilled to be able to live and work in my hometown. This will be the last year I’ll spend the holidays apart from my family,” she added.

During her time in Las Vegas, Jacqui has reported on a wide variety of stories from deadly flash floods along the Arizona/Utah border to the government shutdown at Lake Mead. Jacqui has also done feature stories on the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Dancing with the Stars, and Judge Judy. Jacqui’s investigation into Nevada’s medical marijuana laws earned her an Emmy nomination.

Prior to working in Las Vegas, Jacqui was a reporter and anchor for KOAA-TV News First 5, the NBC-affiliated station in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jacqui joined the station in 2011 as a nightside reporter before moving to days in early 2012. Jacqui also anchored the weekend editions of the station’s “Happening Now” broadcast.

While in Colorado, Jacqui earned an Emmy award, an Emmy nomination, and two awards from the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association. Jacqui’s reporting on the Colorado wildfires helped KOAA win an Associated Press award. During the 2012 presidential election, Jacqui interviewed Gov. Mitt Romney, Congressman Paul Ryan, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Before making her on-air debut, Jacqui was an intern for WRC-TV NBC 4, MSNBC, and the United States Congress, all in Washington, D.C.

Jacqui graduated from The George Washington University in 2011. She enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, and fishing.

Reid Lamberty Promoted to Weekend Evening Anchor at WCVB

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NewsCenter 5 reporter, Reid Lamberty, has been promoted to weekend evening anchor for WCVB Channel 5, Boston’s News Leader, beginning January 10th as announced today by Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager. 

A highly-regarded New England journalist for many years, and an integral member of the NewsCenter 5 team for over a year, Lamberty will co-anchor Saturday evening newscasts with Pam Cross (6-6:30PM & 11PM) and Sunday evenings with Heather Unruh (5-6PM, 6-6:30PM, & 11PM).  Award-winning sports reporter Bob Halloran, who also served as co-anchor with Pam Cross on Saturday evenings, will now turn his full attention to sports after anchoring both news and sports for many years.

“I am thrilled and honored to have this opportunity at WCVB and am looking forward to continuing my career at a station that has such deep, committed and successful roots in the community,” said Lamberty.

“Reid is an exceptional anchor and reporter who brings great experience and a depth of knowledge gleaned from many years of covering news in New England.  He’s been a strong asset to our NewsCenter 5 reporting team over this past year and will be a great addition to WCVB’s weekend anchor team,” said Fine when making the announcement. 

“This is a very exciting and dynamic time at WCVB having just expanded our weekend evening newscasts and looking forward to the January 11 launch of the weekday 4:30PM and 7PM newscasts,”said Andrew Vrees, WCVB News Director.  “We have an exceptional team, both in front of and behind the cameras, and are very fortunate to be able to make strategic staffing changes, such as promoting Reid to weekend evening anchor, that will further bolster our newscasts and help maintain our leadership position in this competitive market.”

Lamberty joined WCVB in October 2014 as a reporter from Channel 5’s sister station, WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH, where he was a reporter.  Before that, he worked for two years at WHDH-TV in Boston where he was a reporter and weekday evening co-anchor.  Earlier in his career, Lamberty worked as an anchor/reporter at WSVN-TV in Miami, WNYW and WCBS in New York, WFXT in Boston and WKEF-TV in Dayton, OH.  He began his career in journalism at WZBN-TV in Trenton, NJ.  A native of New Jersey, Lamberty graduated from Bowling Green University with a degree in journalism.  He currently resides in the Boston area with his wife and children.

Mike Beaudet Joins WCVB’s 5 Investigates as Investigative Reporter

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Investigative reporter Mike Beaudet will bring years of groundbreaking reporting to Boston’s most experienced investigative unit, 5 Investigates.  The  Emmy award-winning investigative journalist starts today at  WCVB’s NewsCenter 5.

“Mike is a talented journalist whose investigative reporting and skill for uncovering stories of waste and mismanagement has really impacted the lives of those in the Boston community,” said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager.  “He will be a great asset to our NewsCenter 5 team as part of our newly expanded, award winning investigative unit.”

As a multi-media investigative journalist, Beaudet will join reporters Kathy Curran and Karen Anderson in the market leading investigative unit.

“This trio, all Massachusetts natives, presents the strongest lineup of investigative reporters anywhere,” said Andrew Vrees, WCVB News Director.   “Mike’s return to television will have an immediate and positive impact on our viewers and in our newsroom.”

Mike’s success of breaking impactful stories, holding the powerful accountable and helping protect the vulnerable has influenced public policies and made an impact on the communities we serve.

“WCVB is Boston’s news leader for a reason,” Beaudet said.  “WCVB recognizes what it takes to produce quality investigative journalism.  It takes guts, instinct, and a commitment to uncovering the truth, and I look forward to joining a team that exemplifies those attributes.”

With nearly twenty years of experience as an investigative journalist, Mike left his last position at WFXT in September to become a Journalism Professor at Northeastern University.  Beaudet will continue to teach at Northeastern and will tap the talents of his students to assist in the in-depth investigations that will dually serve as case studies for the students.

“This new partnership with WCVB allows our students to take their work even further,” said Jonathan Kaufman, director of Northeastern’s School of Journalism.  “Northeastern students have a proven track record of working alongside professional journalists to produce hard-hitting investigations.”

Before joining WCVB, Mike spent 19 years at WFXT and also worked as an anchor/reporter for WCVB’s sister station WMUR-TV.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Beaudet received 15 New England Emmy awards.  His most recent award came in 2014 following a series of reports exposing government dysfunction.  In 2011, Beaudet and his team were awarded an Associated Press Award as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigation they conducted into a state worker who ran marathons while claiming to be too injured to work.  Beaudet and his investigative unit were awarded the Award of Excellence by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for coverage of drunk driving and underage drinking issues.

A Massachusetts native, Mike graduated from Emerson College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. In 2008, Mike received his Masters in Journalism from Northeastern.

Eric Rasmussen Joining FOX 25 as Investigative Reporter

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Eric Rasmussen will be joining WFXT-TV FOX 25 News as an investigative reporter for the station’s investigative unit “FOX 25 Investigates.”

Eric previously worked as an investigative reporter for KTVU-TV FOX 2 in San Francisco, California for nearly five years. KTVU was involved in the ownership changed that switched FOX 25 to a Cox Media Group station, sending KTVU’s station management to FOX 25. Kevin will be “reuniting” with News Director Lee Rosenthal and General Manager Tom Raponi.

Eric’s most rewarding stories while working at KTVU included uncovering questionable spending of public money by a former Port of Oakland official and exposing unsafe and unsanitary conditions at a large hotel, prompting changes to help long-term residents.

Prior to his work at KTVU, Eric was a reporter for WFTV-TV ABC 9 in Orlando, Florida. WFTV is also owned by Cox Media Group.

Eric has also worked as an anchor and reporter for KFSN ABC 30 in Fresno and for WCIA-TV CBS 3 in Champaign, Illinois. He got his on-air start at KHSL-TV CBS 12 in Redding, California.

When not behind the camera, Eric enjoys being a DJ. According to his KTVU bio, he fell in love with hip-hop music as a kid in the 80’s and has collected hundreds of records since then.

Eric graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

Eric starts at FOX 25 next Monday.

Vanessa Welch Joining FOX25 as Evening Anchor

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Vanessa Welch will be joining WFXT-TV FOX 25 News as co-anchor of the station’s evening newscasts, anchoring the 5, 6, 10, and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Mark Ockerbloom, beginning December 1st. Vanessa comes to FOX 25 after nearly nine years as an anchor and reporter at Cox Media Group’s WFTV ABC 9 in Orlando, Florida.

“Vanessa is a strong journalist who has a track record of making a difference in the community,” said FOX25 Vice President and General Manager Tom Raponi. “We are looking forward to her joining the FOX25 News Team and being a trusted source for Boston viewers.”

“Vanessa’s success, both anchoring newscasts and affecting change through impactful investigative reporting, speaks for itself,” said News Director Lee Rosenthal. “She is a caring individual whose genuineness shines through on the air.”

While at WFTV, Welch anchored the market’s #1 rated 5 p.m. newscast. She covered national stories of interest, including the Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman trials.

Her investigative work included uncovering problems with Florida’s toll payment system that led to innocent people going to jail. Her reporting led to changes at the state and local levels that helped fix the problems.

Welch also has been a watchdog for taxpayers. She broke stories about rampant abuse in food stamp and unemployment programs that caused changes to better protect taxpayer money.

With a strong track record of making a difference, Welch became a champion for viewers in need of help. That help included a single mother’s desperate attempt to get Medicaid coverage for a lifesaving surgery. Welch brought the case to state leaders, who changed Florida’s policy so that this type of surgery would be covered for all Medicaid patients in Florida.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of New England and join the talented team of journalists at FOX25,” said Welch. “My husband and I are excited to become part of the Boston community, living and working in one of America’s greatest cities.”

Before working at WFTV, Vanessa worked at WTVD-TV ABC 11 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, where she reported on numerous stories including a suspected terrorist who ran over students on the University of North Carolina campus. Vanessa also interviewed former First Lady Laura Bush and covered Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.

Vanessa started her career in West Texas where she met her husband, Jason Brewer. Jason works as a meteorologist for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH-TV. He told Boston Media Watch in a statement that while he will be moving to Boston in the near future, he still has no plans as to what he will be doing.

As a mom of three young boys, Welch has a special place in her heart for helping children. After being introduced to a little girl with cancer six years ago, she helped start a 5k run for kids with cancer that has grown to 5,000 runners. The Vanessa Welch Reindeer Run at SeaWorld became an annual tradition that continues to raise funds to fight pediatric cancer. In addition, Welch volunteers with several organizations that are working to break the cycle of poverty. She is also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Karen Holmes Ward To Be Honored At 23rd Annual Silver Circle Gala


Karen Holmes Ward, WCVB’s Director of Public Affairs and Community Services as well as host and executive producer ofCityLine, will be inducted into The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter Silver Circle on Thursday, November 19th.  Holmes Ward is one of six broadcast legends with more than 25 years of distinguished service to broadcasting and the community that will be recognized at this year’s awards gala. 

Holmes Ward, along with her fellow New England television pioneers, will be honored for their lasting contributions to the industry at a gala celebration at the Seaport Boston Hotel-Lighthouse Ballroom (One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA) with a reception and dinner at 6 PM and the Awards Ceremony at 7:30 PM.  Fellow 2015 inductees include: Gold Circle Inductee George Hale, WABI-TV, Bangor, ME; Silver Circle Inductees Mike Gorman & Tommy Heinsohn, Comcast SportsNet New England; Carol Greenwald, WGBH-TV, Boston, MA; Jim Madigan, WGBY-TV Springfield, MA; and Ann Nyberg, WTNH-TV, New Haven, CT. 

“I can’t think of a more worthy individual than Karen to receive a Silver Circle award.  She has been a valued member of WCVB for over thirty years and has earned the respect and friendship of so many in the broadcast, corporate and non-profit communities,” said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager. “Karen has skillfully applied her many talents, as an award-winning journalist, community leader and public personality, to enrich the lives of others and to truly make a difference.”


Karen Holmes Ward is WCVB’s Director of Public Affairs and Community Services as well as host and executive producer of CityLine, the station’s award-winning weekly magazine program which addresses the accomplishments, concerns and issues facing people of color living in Boston and its suburbs.  Her career as an award winning journalist has spanned nearly four decades and has brought her to far reaching places across the globe including Israel, the Soviet Union, and South Africa.  

CityLine has been a recipient of the Associated Press Massachusetts/Rhode Island ‘Best’ Public Affairs Program and numerous Emmy nominations.  Many notables including Minister Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, documentarian Davis Guggenheim, crisis expert Judy Smith, and Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, have been interviewed by Holmes Ward for CityLine.  In addition, from the world of stage and screen, Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o, Octavia Spencer, Lou Gossett and Denzel Washington, as well as Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey and Quvenzhane Wallis have been interviewed as well. 

Holmes Ward also oversees WCVB’s public service and community outreach efforts that have included the station’s work on Extreme Makeover: My Hometown, raising awareness about the need for affordable housing in the Greater Boston area, and WCVB’s first-of-its-kind web-based initiative, Commonwealth 5. This on-line project promoted philanthropy by matching viewer-donors with non-profits via the Internet.  CommonWealth 5 was nominated for a National Emmy Award.  WCVB’s community service efforts during and following the Boston Marathon attack was honored with a National Association of Broadcasters ‘Service to Community in Television’ award.

Earlier in her career, Holmes Ward worked at WEEI as a news writer and at WILD Radio as news director before coming to WCVB.

Over the years, Holmes Ward has served on the Board of Advisors for the Greater Boston Food Bank, Pine Street Inn, MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and the YWCA of Boston Aswalos House Transitional Housing Program.  She is currently on the Board of Tenacity, a local organization that provides a Pathway to Post Secondary Success for under-served urban youth.

A graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communications (now COM) , Holmes Ward has received numerous awards for her work in the community including the Boston Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award; National Association of Black Journalists Region I  Journalist of the Year; Big Sister of Greater Boston Achievement Award; Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts President’s Award; Women of Courage and Conviction Award from the Greater Boston Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc. among others.

Doug Meehan Returning To Boston, Joining WCVB

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Veteran anchor and Cape Cod native, Doug Meehan will join WCVB Channel 5, Boston’s News Leader, as Weekend Morning Anchor and General Assignment Reporter beginning Saturday, December 19 as announced today by Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager.  Meehan is an established local-favorite journalist having previously worked at five television stations in New England, as well as hosting his own Boston radio program.  Meehan will co-anchor Saturday morning (5-7AM & 8-9AM) and Sunday morning (5-7AM & 8-10AM) newscasts with Antoinette Antonio.

“We are delighted to have Doug join WCVB’s winning team of journalists, and we know his local roots, as well as his experience covering the region, will be great assets to our news organization,” said Fine when making the announcement.  “I’m sure viewers will be happy to see Doug back on Boston television.”

“No other station in Boston has more local journalists who are dedicated to serving our community than WCVB, and the addition of Doug bolsters that expertise and commitment,” said Andrew Vrees, News Director.  “We think our viewers recognize and appreciate that, and we thank them for making us ‘Boston’s News Leader.'”

“I am thrilled to be joining WCVB NewsCenter5 and to be coming home to Boston which is where my heart is,” said Meehan.  “Having grown up in West Yarmouth, and having worked in broadcasting in Boston for nearly twenty years, I have always recognized WCVB as the gold standard, the quintessential local news, and my long-time favorite…it’s an honor to be a part of the outstanding team.”

Meehan returns to Boston from KPNX-TV in Phoenix, AZ where he served for nearly three years as a news anchor.  For nearly two years prior to that, he was host of “The Doug Meehan Show” on Boston’s WTKK 96.9 FM as well as a contributor on The Wall Street Journal Radio Network in New York.  For more than six and a half years before that, Meehan was a highly-acclaimed reporter and anchor at Boston’s WFXT-TV where he was the market’s first full-time helicopter reporter covering traffic as well as breaking news.

Prior to that, Meehan worked at Boston’s WHDH-TV as a reporter and relief anchor.  For six years before that, Meehan worked as an anchor at KTVT-TV in Dallas, TX; WFAA-TV also in Dallas; WTSP-TV, Tampa, FL; and KEYE-TV in Austin, TX.  Before leaving New England, Meehan was a news, weather, and sports anchor at WPRI-TV in Providence, RI, and prior to that he was a reporter at New England Cable News.  He began his news career as an anchor and reporter at Cape 11 News in South Yarmouth, MA.

Honored in 2006 by Boston Magazine as one of Boston’s “The Fabulous 40,” Meehan grew up in West Yarmouth and attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.  He graduated from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with concentrated study in Broadcasting.

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