Since joining WHDH-TV, Channel 7 in March 1977, John Dennis has worn a variety of hats in the sports department. He has served as a weekend and weekday sports anchor, sports producer, and has developed numerous sports features and investigative reports. Currently, Dennis serves as full-time sports reporter in the field for 7 NEWS. He recently traveled to Lillehammer, Norway to report live from the 1994 Winter Olympic games.
Before joining Channel 7, Dennis was sports director and weekday anchor for three years at WDAF-TV, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri. A native of Pittsburgh, he began his broadcasting career there in 1970 as a general assignment reporter. He later became a studio anchorman at WPSL radio.
The recipient of many awards, Dennis won the 1987 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Sports Program within a Newscast." Together with the WHDH-TV sports team, he also was honored with a United Press International (UPI) 1986 National Broadcast Award in the "Division OneóSports Reporting" category. Previously, for three consecutive years from 1983-1985, he won the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter Emmy award for "Best Sports Coverage within a Newscast." In the same years he also won UPI Best Sports Coverage awards. In 1984 and 1983, Dennis received the Associated Press (AP) Best Sports Coverage awards. He was honored with a regional Emmy for specialized reporting in 1981, and in 1978, he was nominated for a regional Emmy for his feature, "Cowboys, Creole and Orange Crush."
A 1974 magna cum laude graduate of Kent State University, Dennis earned his bachelor's degree in telecommunications and journalism.
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