WPRI, Channel 12 in Providence, has named Danielle North to be the permanent anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning. North, who had been anchoring the weekend edition of Eyewitness News, joined the station in 1999. Her co-anchor will be Patrick Little, who has been anchoring the station’s morning newscast since mid-2010. He had previously served as sports director.
North was hailed by station management as a wise selection and a competent reporter. “Danielle brings a great combination of credibility, experience and enthusiasm to mornings,” remarks WPRI/WNAC News Director Joe Abouzeid.
In addition to anchoring the morning news on WPRI and its sister station WNAC, North will also co-host The Rhode Show on Fox Providence. Incidentally, btvn founder Shawn Tempesta was the original host of the hourlong program. He departed the program in late 2009 after a one-year stint. Hit the jump for a press release from channel 12.
It should be worth noting that North and Little were co-workers at Manchester ABC-affil WMUR until North’s departure in 1999. Little jumped ship shortly afterward.
North named new Ch. 12 morning anchor
Will share anchor desk with Patrick Little
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Eyewitness News has officially named Danielle North as a permanent member of its very talented morning team on WPRI 12 and Fox Providence.
North will co-anchor Eyewitness News This Morning, which airs weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on WPRI and from 7a.m. to 8 a.m. on Fox Providence, with Patrick Little and Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello. The team also then hosts The Rhode Show on Fox Providence from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Eyewitness News at Noon.
Danielle brings a great combination of credibility, experience and enthusiasm to mornings,” said News Director Joe Abouzeid. North, who previously anchored Eyewitness News This Morning on the weekends, said she is thrilled to be waking up Southern New England every morning.
North has been with Eyewitness News since making the trek south from New Hampshire back in 1999. She has covered many of the big stories in New England over the years, including several presidential primaries dating back to 1996. Her personal favorite was reporting from the red carpet in Los Angeles for the very first season of Survivor, when a Rhode Islander took home the big prize.
North, a graduate of Lyndon State College in Vermont, began her journalism career at WVNY-TV in Burlington and also worked for WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H. In fact, she worked with Little before he also made the move to Rhode Island.
When she’s not in studio, North said you can probably find her running around all over the West Bay with her three young children or husband.