Boston broadcast legend Gary LaPierre dies
BOSTON (AP) — Gary LaPierre, a longtime Boston broadcast news anchor and reporter, has died after a battle with leukemia.
WBZ-AM, where LaPierre worked for more than four decades before his retirement in 2006, announced that he died at his home surrounded by family. He was 76.
The Shelburne Falls native started at WBZ as a college intern in the early 1960s and was named a news reporter in 1964.
One of his first assignments was to travel with the Beatles on their first U.S. tour. He spent five consecutive days stuck at the station broadcasting, sometimes by candlelight, through the Blizzard of 1978. He reported from every national political convention from 1968 until 2004, and interviewed every president from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush.
He’s survived by his wife and two sons.