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Mary Richardson

Mary Richardson is co-anchor of WCVB-TV's *Chronicle*, the nation's longest running locally produced nightly newsmagazine. She co-anchors the acclaimed program with Anthony Everett. She had previously co-hosted with Peter Mehegan since October 1984. Richardson's work on *Chronicle*, which has been syndicated nationally on the Arts and Entertainment Cable Network and on other cable stations, has taken her from the main streets and back roads of New England to her ancestral Ireland, the Great Wall of China and Castro's Cuba. Richardson joined WCVB in 1980 as a news reporter and anchor. She also served as host for four years of *Five on Five*, a former WCVB weekly public affairs series. For a decade Richardson co-hosted the annual Holiday at Pops! concert from Symphony Hall and the popular Pops Goes the Fourth! celebration from the Hatch Shell on the banks of the Charles River. The concerts were broadcast locally on WCVB-TV and were also enjoyed by millions nationwide on the A&E Network. Richardson came to New England in 1978 to become the first female in Boston to co-anchor an 11 o'clock newscast, on the former WNAC-TV. She quickly established herself as one of Boston's most popular local television personalities. She began her broadcasting career in 1973 at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, CA. By 1975, she was the station's co-anchor for the 5PM and 11PM newscasts. Richardson was raised and educated in California where she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Santa Clara and graduate degrees at the University of California, Davis and at California State University.