- WCVB NewsCenter 5Reporter, present
John Atwater is a general assignment reporter for WCVB-TV Channel 5. Atwater began his time with WCVB as a part-time freelance reporter in November 2009 and joined “NewsCenter 5” full-time in September 2010. Atwater previously worked at WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, Pa.
At WTXF, Atwater served as a general assignment reporter and anchor for the weekend newscasts. While in Philadelphia, Atwater reported from the scene of many stories that generated intense national attention, including the Amish school shooting in Lancaster County and the US Airways flight that landed in the Hudson River. Since his arrival in Boston, Atwater has covered major events such as the spring 2010 major water main break in Weston and the MBTA fire at Downtown Crossing. He also covered the race to fill Ted Kennedy’s senate seat.
Atwater is a five-time regional Emmy Award winner and has been recognized by both the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press.
Previously, Atwater worked at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisc., another Hearst television station, as an anchor and reporter. He began his broadcast career at WKYT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky.
A native of Milwaukee, Atwater graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a dual degree in journalism and economics.
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