The New England Music Hall of Fame will honor 2022 Journalist of the Year Patrice Wood


October 30, 2022 at the Knickerbocker Music Center at 35 Railroad Ave, Westerly, RI the New England Music Hall of Fame will induct Matthias Steele of Westerly; former longtime president of the CT Blues Society Ed Stack; Roomful of Blues co-founder/Rhode Island native Greg Piccolo; Connecticut Blues duo Marci and Jim Hooper; and Connecticut soul singer Bob Orsi. Additionally, the rich cultural history of the Knickerbocker Music Center will be highlighted with its induction as a historical landmark.

The Oct. 30 inductees will join New England music legends like Grammy-winning former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau. Paula ColeEmmy Award-winning composer Brian Keanblues legend James Montgomerymember of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Pitney Geneand much more.

The event will be hosted by blues master and multiple New Haven Hall of Fame inductee Paul Gabriel. . Organizing this event is drummer Kathy Steahle, co-founder of NEMHOF, originally from Guilford. and international award-winning Groton native filmmaker Christopher Annino “It will be an honor to finally be able to meet the incredible Patrice Wood of WJAR, she truly deserves this award”

The very first NEMHOF Media Awards ( will be presented to Rhode Island’s Emmy Award-winning Patrice Wood of WJAR, which will receive the first NEMHOF journalist of the year,

Patrice is the main news anchor for WJAR, the NBC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also an educational journalist and host of the Tuesday´s Child segment. She was inducted into Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame Women Inductees. She was also inducted into the Rhode Island Radio and Television Hall of Fame.

Born in Rockford, Ohio, Wood earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bowling Green State University. She began her career in reporting and presenting at WDHO-TV in Toledo, Ohio, and did internships with ABC News, United States House of Representatives and Time magazine.

Wood joined WJAR in February 1980, first as a reporter and weekend newsreader, and was promoted to weekday 11 p.m. newscasts in 1982. In 1988, she became the newscaster of 5:30 p.m. edition, the new 5:00 p.m. newscast in 1995 and added the 6:00 p.m. newscast to her duties in 1997. She worked most of her tenure with longtime anchor Doug White, with meteorologist Gary Ley and sports commentator Frank Carpano. She interviewed many personalities, such as Oprah Winfrey and Mark Wahlberg. Wood is the longest-serving female news anchor in Providence television history, with 40 years on the air. According to her, 60% of the children featured in her long-running Tuesday Child segment have found new homes.

Also honored that evening was Thomas Horan of Connecticut, who will receive the Bruce Rieder Prize for Photography. Earlier this year, the former WFSB New London office chief Kevin Hogan received the Denise Award, the New England Music Hall of Fames Life Achievement Award for Media, named in memoriam after longtime WFSB presenter Denise D’Ascenzo.

The evening will include a sold-out concert hosted by NEMHOF Hall of Fame inductee and lead singer of NBC Beehive Queen’s Saturday Night Live Band Christine Ohlman will perform with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, including NEMHOF Inductee and former Joe Cocker Guitarist Cliff Goodwin.

The mission of the New England Music Hall of Fame is “to educate, unite, promote and preserve the integrity of the New England music scene and those who represent it.” The purpose of this evening is not only to celebrate the careers of these musicians and media stars, but also to highlight the close ties between the arts of Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Please come for this historic celebration of the power of music throughout New England. tickets are available®id=79& utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1


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