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      Gene Valicenti

      Gene Valicenti, a trusted name in Southern New England for more than two decades, continues WJAR's "News Leader" tradition as the longtime co-anchor of NBC 10 News at 5{}and 6 p.m.

      Building on his popular weekend radio program, Gene was asked to host the flagship "WPRO Morning News with Gene Valicenti," making him one of the rare newscasters in the country to anchor top rated radio and TV broadcasts in the same market.

      In assuming the helm of that iconic broadcast, Gene follows in the footsteps of the legendary Salty Brine, and other great broadcasters, who've been waking up Southern New Englanders for decades.

      A four-time Emmy Winner, including two awards for anchoring, Gene has been a comforting presence on many of the biggest stories, including the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, several papal visits, and multiple gubernatorial and presidential elections.

      Gene reported from New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and later that week was one of the first reporters to gain access to the "Ground Zero" perimeter, having been assigned to report for WJAR, WNBC in New York, and other network affiliates.

      Gene's live reporting continued from Washington and Guantanamo, Cuba, and in return visits to the World Trade Center site.

      In addition to his multiple Emmy wins and nominations, Gene has also received a host of other industry awards and citations, and co-anchored the NBC 10 Newscast that won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.

      Readers of Rhode Island Monthly have voted Gene "Best Male Anchor" for eight years in a row. Before that, they voted him "Best Reporter" for six years in a row.

      He has received the prestigious Rhode Island Red Cross Humanitarian Award for his outstanding service to the non-profit community and continues to work with a variety of charities on a host of events. He also serves on the Board of Incorporators for Kent County Hospital.

      A 30-year veteran of broadcasting, Gene started as a desk assistant for WPIX in New York City while still in college. Stops at stations in New Jersey and Connecticut followed.

      A New Jersey native, Gene holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

      He lives in Kent County with his wife and three children.