Gene Lavanchy, weeknight sports anchor for 7 NEWS at 5:30, 6, and 11PM, and host of weekly program 7 SPORTS EXTRA, originally joined WHDH-TV in January 1993 as weekend sports anchor. He was named weeknight anchor in June of 1994. The half-hour, weekly program 7 SPORTS EXTRA premiered in January 1995 and airs on Sunday nights at 11:30PM.
Previously, Lavanchy was a sports anchor at WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, and a sports anchor at WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. He formerly served as host of WSBK-TV's Boston Bruins telecasts. Lavanchy began his broadcast career in 1983 at WJCC-AM radio in Norfolk, MA as a sports writer and producer.
Lavanchy won the UPI award for overall sports coverage in 1988, and was also the recipient of the 1991 AP award for best sports feature. In 1994, Lavanchy was named "Best Sports Anchor" by Boston Magazine's annual "Best of Boston" Awards.
Lavanchy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication/Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College.
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