Award-winning journalist Vanessa Welch is co-anchor of Boston 25 News at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. with Mark Ockerbloom, Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz and Sports Anchor Tom Leyden.
Vanessa joined the Boston 25 News team in 2015 covering important and impactful news stories across Massachusetts. Vanessa traveled with local lawmakers to Colorado as they studied the ramifications of legalizing marijuana, reported live from Orlando following the 2016 Pulse Night Club Shooting and has reported at length on the state’s opioid crisis and the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions. She’s also had the good fortune of covering Patriots and Red Sox World Championships and victory parades since coming to Boston.
Before joining Boston 25 News, Vanessa was an anchor and reporter at WFTV in Orlando, Florida for nine years. Prior to that, Vanessa was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WTVD in Raleigh, North Carolina. She began her on-air career as a reporter at KOSA in West Texas.
One of Vanessa’s favorite parts of the job is giving back to the communities she covers. She has a heart for service and is actively involved with Boston Partners in Education, Veterans Inc., the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, Make-A-Wish, the New England Chapter of JDRF, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and serves on the board of BUILD Greater Boston, a youth entrepreneurship program serving under-resourced communities.
Vanessa has received two Boston/New England Emmy Awards for Best Anchor. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is humbled by the opportunity to serve New Englanders and be a trusted news source. Vanessa is married to Boston 25 News Meteorologist Jason Brewer. They have three young boys and are thrilled to call Boston home.
In a one-on-one interview with Boston 25 News Anchor Vanessa Welch Cox says crime statistics reflect Boston is a safe city despite that recent uptick in violence, “It just emphasizes the need that we continue to need to partner and we need to be vigilant about making sure our community stays safe by us coming together.”
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