The New 97.7 Woman Of The Week - Week Of August 20, 2018
Name: Rhondella Richardson
From: South Of Boston
About Woman Of The Week: Rhondella grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and frequented Broadway in NYC regularly carrying her autograph book trying to get to the stars coming out of the stage doors. She has come a long way since those days, and today Rhondella Richardson is an Emmy-nominated journalist, and co-anchor of NewsCenter 5's weekend morning newscasts, and is also a contributing reporter during the week.
Rhondella has been part of WCVB’s award-winning news team for more than two decades having joined the station in 1996 as a general assignment reporter. Over the course of her distinguished career, she has covered both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama during their Martha’s Vineyard vacations; and she helped lead coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and Boston archdiocese’s sex abuse scandal. In addition, Rhondella has covered every blizzard and rare tornado to hit New England even if it means getting blown around in the wind as you'll see below.
Rhondella is one of the few journalists to personally speak to Market Basket CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, during a six-week supermarket strike across the region. Rhondella has a knack for getting the exclusives, whether it be the teen lottery winner accessible only by snowmobile on the side of Mt. Wachusett or the non-English speaking injured victim dragged for miles by a hit and run driver.
During her tenure at WCVB, Rhondella has held several roles including serving as an original co-anchor of the weekend EyeOpener when it launched. Then, her numerous sources and ability to break news stories led her from the anchor desk to the “5 Investigates” team for several years before transitioning to general assignment reporter and fill in anchor for WCVB’s various newscasts.
Boston Magazine previously named Rhondella one of “The 50 Most Intriguing Women in Boston.” She has also graced the cover of Northeastern University Alumni Magazine and was the first honoree of the University’s “Medallion Award.” The award recognizes alumni committed to the community while also making great professional strides. Rhondella remains an active member of the University’s Board.
In an effort to continuously serve the community on and off camera, Rhondella has emceed the tribute day honoring tennis commentator Bud Collins, at the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, prior to his passing. For over a decade, she has emceed Boston’s annual "Duckling Day" Mother’s Day festivities and parade, sponsored by the Friends of the Public Garden and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department. Rhondella is on the board of UNICEF and a passionate supporter of The Home For Little Wanderers, Catholic Charities, The Ellie Fund and local Elementary, Middle & High Schools. Rhondella calls herself a mentor in motion and loves how her job constantly introduces her to new people.
Rhondella graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Northeastern University, School of Journalism in 1990. A major highlight of college was playing on the Northeastern University Division One Tennis Team. She has been married for 20 years to her Northeastern University sweetheart, has a 15 year old daughter, and currently lives south of Boston.
Most vacations for Rhondella mean beach time...that’s where she is happiest, having fun in the sun! In the winter, her 15 year old daughter Rhylee loves snowboarding but Rhondella has yet to indulge. She says that she has all the fun she needs waiting in the lodge in between snapping photos of her daughter coming downhill! "I feel like we are at Wachusett Mountain all winter and it’s a great day trip." says Rhondella.
She loves to garden and has flowers, veggies, and tons of herbs planted. As a matter of fact she actually just deadheaded the rose bushes in her yard! Because of the way she walks around the yard tasting all the greenery, her husband says she's worse than the deer and rabbits!
Favorite 97.7 Artists: Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston
Rhondella's Song Pick: "Bruno Mars - That's What I Like"
She also loves "This Is Me", a song from The Greatest Showman Cast.
And when she's having a rough day she loves to listen to "The Piano Guys - It's Gonna Be Okay"
Congratulations to Rhondella Richardson, our New 97.7 Woman Of The Week!
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