Award-winning journalist Gary LaPierre was co-anchor of The WBZ Morning News on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 for nearly four decades. After joining the radio station as a general assignment reporter in 1964, LaPierre has anchored the morning news each weekday on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 from 1966 until his retirement in 2006. He handled television anchor duties for various newscasts at WBZ-TV 4 since the early 1960s including anchoring the Channel 4 Noon Newscasts for several years.
In addition to his anchor duties at WBZ NewsRadio, LaPierre did radio commentary called “LaPierre on the Loose,” a regularly scheduled segment on WBZ NewsRadio that received the Associated Press Award for Best Radio Feature.
During his tenure with WBZ NewsRadio, LaPierre spent fifteen years as the radio station’s chief investigative reporter. One of his first major assignments for the radio station included spending two days traveling with The Beatles on their first American tour in the early 60’s. He was assigned to Germany twice to cover the American hostage releases from Iran in the early 80’s.
Gary anchored the station’s coverage of the Blizzard of ‘78 which required five consecutive days in the studio. He covered almost all national political conventions since the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and the subsequent riots, and has interviewed nearly every American president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
In the community, Gary was a fund-raiser and on the board of directors with the YMCA. He has raised tens of thousands of dollars in recent years as Chair of the Annual Walk on the Charles River Esplanade for the Lupus Foundation. He presently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. Gary regularly addresses various community, governmental and social groups on the coming and goings of the news business. In 1998 for community and professional achievement, Gary was awarded and received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Emerson College in Boston.
Just this past summer, Gary LaPierre was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Throughout his distinguished career LaPierre received numerous local and national awards for his reporting, documentary and investigative work, including on several occasions in recent years, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio Newscast presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and the lifetime Achievement Award from the March of Dimes Achievement in Radio Organization. He also received a National Associated Press Award for Documentary of the Year on several occasions, and the San Francisco State Award for Best Investigative Journalism. Among the other credentials he was presented with the Gold Award for Best Radio Newscaster of the Year at the International Radio Festival in New York City.
Gary (in retirement) is currently doing freelance voice work for WBZ, in addition to commercial and industrial narration assignments. He’s also writing a “stream of consciousness” blog for CBSBoston.com
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A native of New England, LaPierre was born in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Graham Junior College and attended the University of New Hampshire and Boston University. Gary and his wife Peg currently share their time at homes on the North Shore of Massachusetts and the Northeast Coast of Florida. Their two sons, Michael and Dean live with their families in Greater Boston.
The Medford City Council will consider a no confidence vote against Mayor Michael McGlynn Tuesday night.