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Gay News Anchor Randy Price to Return to Boston Airwaves

Randy Price, credited as America's first openly gay news anchor and formerly with WHDH in Boston, will be returning as morning anchor and reporter at WCVB-TV/DT Channel 5 and TheBostonChannel.com.

Price WCVB reports: "One of the most respected journalists in broadcast television, Price will begin co-anchoring the EyeOpener newscast with Bianca de la Garza Monday, June 8. He will also contribute to breaking news and major event coverage for WCVB, the market’s news leader...Price’s distinguished career has included stints as an anchor and reporter at WHDH-TV and WBZ-TV. In his twenty plus years on Boston television, Price has won numerous awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast, the broadcast industry’s highest honor. He is also well-known in New England’s civic and philanthropic communities, regularly volunteering his time to raise funds and awareness for a variety of causes."

Price parted ways for unclear reasons with WHDH last February. He married his longtime partner Mark Steffen on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in January 2007. They live in Maine.


Randy Price, America's First Openly Gay News Anchor, Resigns

Boston news anchor Randy Price, the nation's first openly gay news anchor, gave his last newscast with WHDH last Wednesday after a "very civil" split with the network. Price apparently left because of irreconcilable differences with management.

PriceThe station said Price retired: "This is what he wanted to do. It was his decision. He’s been a terrific newscaster and he’s a good friend of mine and all I can do is wish him well."

Price offers some insight into the split in an interview with the Boston Herald: I’m gone. I’ve reached the point where I really can’t contribute in the way that they probably want me to contribute...Obviously, it’s their decision. While I was certainly a little stunned, I understood it very well. Am I disappointed? Yeah...They may have wanted me to stay a little bit longer, but in light of everything you really can’t be a contributor when you’re not considered to be much of a contributor... Have I been happy with the way things have been going? Absolutely not...It’s not a retirement. I respect their right to do business the way they want to do business. If it doesn’t include me, I certainly accept that. By summer, I’m going to be on to my next chapter."

Price has been with the station for 12 years. The Boston Globe reports: "WHDH employees were saddened by Price's news and said he helped WHDH establish its news legacy. One staffer who didn't want to be named, said, 'We are devastated. Everyone is really sad.'"

Price married his longtime partner Mark Steffen on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in January 2007. They live in Maine.

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