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WJAR's Estepa taking job in Atlanta

WJAR-TV's Larry Estepa, a 30-year veteran of the news business and a familiar face in Rhode Island, is leaving to take a job in Atlanta.

The veteran reporter and anchor at Channel 10, who was feted with a going-away party this week, will work his last shifts over the weekend. Estepa has the day off and couldn't be reached for comment. He is reportedly taking a gig involving a family-owned radio network based in Atlanta.

His WJAR bio describes him this way:

Larry Estepa returned to NBC 10 in 1999. You may remember him from his days as an anchor and reporter at WJAR in the 1980s.

 

Larry started co-anchoring with Meredith Vieira in 1979. He also helped debut the 7:00 NewsWatch in 1980 and eventually co-anchored the 6:00 NewsWatch with Doug White in the mid-80s. He now covers southeastern Massachusetts for NBC 10 News.

 

Larry has spent 30 years in television news as a reporter, anchor, news director, managing editor and assistant news director in cities as small as Binghamton, N.Y., and as large as Dallas.

 

After anchoring and reporting in Dallas for eight years, Larry was lured back to Southern New England as the main anchor at WLNE from 1994-1998 prior to his eventual return to NBC 10.

 

During his career, Larry has won three Emmy awards, the most recent as "Best Anchor in New England" in 1995. He also was honored with two Katie Awards (the Texas equivalent of the Emmy), the Tom Phillips/UPI Award for reporting and the Radio Television News Director's Award for reporting.

 

Larry has covered some of the world's most fascinating people and events during his career: the pope's two visits to America, the Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter presidential campaigns, the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 1992 and 1996, the Claus von Bulow trials, the Northridge, Calif., earthquake, the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, the Branch Davidians standoff in Waco, Texas, and the first launch of the space shuttle after the Challenger disaster.

 

Larry serves on the President's Council for the San Miguel School and on the National Conference for Community and Justice's Board of Advisers. He helps raise funds for the Women's Resource Center and he chairs the station's diversity council.

While other factors may well be involved in Estepa's decision to leave Rhode Island, he has  seemingly run into something of a ceiling at Channel 10, with Gene Valicenti having claimed the anchor role formerly held by Doug White, and with the return of Dan Jaehnig, to work with Patrice Wood in anchoring the 5 o'clock newscast.

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