Tom Ellis Boston TV News talent dead at 86

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    Tom Ellis, called the ‘face of Boston TV news,’ dies at 86

    Prior to being a TV talent in Boston, Tom Ellis was an anchor in San Antonio.


    He was called “the face of Boston TV news,” according to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

    “He is the only person in Massachusetts broadcast history to have anchored newscasts that were number one on each of the city’s primary network television affiliates,” his bio on the hall of fame page states.

    He was a native of Texas and began his broadcasting career on the radio in 1950s.

    He joined KONO-TV in San Antonio where he began his TV news career in 1958, the hall of fame site states.

    “From there, he came to Boston and it wasn’t long before he made his mark. His early ratings in Boston set all-time records,” the site states.

    He worked for channels 4, 5 and 7, but his longest tenure was at New England Cable News (1994-2009) where he continued to dominate with his rock-steady professionalism.

    Ellis was also in three movies: “Marathon Man” (1976) as a television anchor; “29th Street” (1991), again as a newscaster; and “True Color” (1991) as an FBI agent.

    PR guru George Regan, press secretary for former Boston Mayor Kevin White, said Ellis became a friend.


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