Born and raised in Massachusetts, Gene Lavanchy is one of the most recognizable anchors in Boston. He was a vital part of the Boston 25 Morning News launch in 2003. The “all local, all morning long” blend of news, traffic, and weather started as an alternative to national morning shows and has grown into the “go-to” newscast for busy morning people. Gene takes great pride in preparing New Englanders for their day. Anchoring most of a six-hour local morning newscast allows him to alert viewers to breaking news, provide context and perspective on the big stories of the day, and hone one of his finest skills, floating Dad Jokes.
Gene has also field-anchored Boston 25 Morning News’ popular Zip Trips for the past 14 seasons. He has broadcast live and met thousands of amazing people from more than 230 cities and towns across the state. Gene has interviewed countless newsmakers, celebrities and everyday citizens who do extraordinary things.
Before joining Boston 25 Morning News, Gene spent ten years as a sports director and lead sports anchor at WHDH-TV in Boston. He also hosted the popular Sunday night Sports Xtra show.
Previously, Gene held sport anchor positions at WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island and WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. He formerly served as host of WSBK-TV’s Boston Bruins telecasts. Gene is an Emerson College graduate and grew up in Walpole, Massachusetts where he currently lives with his wife, Anne Marie, and their four children.
Gene is a proud citizen of Walpole and active member of the community. He is a board member of the Friends of Walpole Community Athletic Complex, a group that has worked tirelessly to raise funds and build new fields at Walpole High School and make improvements at recreational sports fields throughout the city.
Gene has served as a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, The Buddy Walk and The Independence 5k Walk and Run which supports programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities in more than 110 communities across the Bay State.
Gene was named “Person of the Year” in 2012 by the Friends of St. Patrick organization for his community work in Walpole.
The town of Plymouth steps into the spotlight each Thanksgiving. The concept of sitting down with family and friends to give thanks for life’s blessings started with the Pilgrims in Plymouth 400 years ago.