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Harry McKenna

(1916-1995) ~ Inducted 1984

Harry McKenna, 1916-1995, was News and Public Affairs Director of WEAN radio, and as "Dean" of R.I. news correspondents he had a distinguished thirty-nine year carer as a broadcast journalist. Over nearly four decades he became a news reporting legend in Rhode island, initiating the popular, award-winning, "Radio Press Conference," which ran continuously for thirty-six years, featuring top-name interviews. He initiated live coverage of the R.I. General Assembly and is the founder and first President of the R.I. Press Club. He received many awards and citations, and was quite active in civic and community organizations.


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