PHILADELPHIA, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmy Award-winning Philadelphia news anchor Larry Mendte will join CBS 3's Eyewitness News team in September, CBS 3 (KYW-TV) Vice President and General Manager Peter Dunn has announced. Mendte, most recently evening news anchor for WCAU-TV, the NBC station in Philadelphia, will join CBS 3's lineup of some of the market's best known and most respected newscasters, including veteran broadcaster Marc Howard and award-winning meteorologist Kathy Orr, both of whom joined CBS 3 earlier this year. "Larry is recognized as one of the industry's most talented, hardest- working and dynamic news personalities," says Peter Dunn, Vice President and General Manager of CBS 3. "We're excited to have him join a team that is poised to take our news product to the next level." Mendte, also one of the market's most honored broadcasters, has garnered 15 regional Emmy Awards since coming home to Philadelphia, three of which were in the "Best Anchor" category. "I am very pleased to join Eyewitness News at a time when the station is gaining a lot of momentum in the market," Mendte says. "It's a first-rate news organization with a long tradition of breaking stories and serving the community. I'm looking forward to working with such a talented team." In recent months, the station has been upgrading every aspect of its news operation to bring viewers the best newscast possible. Improvements have included a state-of-the-art news set and new graphics; the opening of several mobile news bureaus in the Philadelphia suburbs; the market's first full- screen, in-studio traffic reports, and the launch of live MEGA DOPPLER 3, the most powerful television weather radar available anywhere. "The addition of Mendte to CBS 3's talent lineup gives the station even greater versatility and strength as we prepare for an important fall season launch," says News Director Susan Schiller. "He's a broadcaster's broadcaster - a great addition to any team - and a hometown guy to boot." Mendte returned to Philadelphia in 1997 to anchor at NBC10. Previously, he co-hosted Access Hollywood, the daily half-hour entertainment news magazine produced by NBC in Los Angeles and was weekday anchor and investigative reporter at Chicago's WBBM-TV. While at WBBM, Mendte earned a record 27 Emmy Awards and was twice named "Best Reporter" in Illinois by the Associated Press. Prior to WBBM, Mendte was a main anchor for KFMB-TV in San Diego and a weekend anchor at WABC-TV in New York. Raised in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania (Delaware County) Mendte graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School and West Chester University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He and his wife, Fox Anchor Dawn Stensland, make their home in Philadelphia with his son and daughter.
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