Tom Ellis, Legendary Boston Television Anchor, Dead At 86

Tom Ellis (Credit: WBZ-TV)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — He was from Texas but made his name in Boston during the golden age of television news.

Legendary, television anchor, Tom Ellis died Monday at the age of 86. According to his wife, he was battling cancer.

For four decades, Ellis was the only person who have anchored top-rated television newscasts at each of Boston’s network affiliates and according to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Broadcasters when he was inducted in 2010.

According to WBZ-TV he was the solo anchor of 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at WBZ-TV from 1968 to 1974, when he was then paired with Tony Pepper for what was called the “Ellis-Pepper Bandwagon.”

He retired from New England Cable News in 2009.

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