Now in his 25th year at WJAR, “Rhode Island’s Anchorman” Gene Valicenti continues to co-anchor Southern New England’s top-rated newscast, NBC 10 News at 6.
Gene also hosts the region’s top-rated morning radio news and information show, "The News with Gene Valicenti" weekdays on News/Talk 630 WPRO and 99.7 FM
This year readers of Rhode Island Monthly honored Gene with an unprecedented three Best of Rhode Island awards, including Best Male TV Anchor, Best Talk Show Host, and Best Morning Radio Show.
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 nine years in a row. Before that, they voted him "Best Reporter" for six years in a row.
In 2016, Gene was named grand marshal of the Gaspee Days Parade, a top honor reserved for Rhode Islanders held in high regard by organizers of an annual celebration of America’s first armed blow for independence.
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.