Larry Mendte is the host of Jersey Matters as well as the Public Affairs Director for WJLP-TV, New Jersey/New York. Mendte is well known in both Philadelphia and New York.
He hosts The Larry Mendte Show on 77 WABC Radio. New Yorkers also know Larry Mendte for the honest, no holds barred, award-winning commentaries that he wrote, produced and delivered nightly at WPIX-TV; and for his time as an anchor and reporter at WABC-TV. His commentaries at WPIX are credited with helping get a 9/11 First Responders Health and Compensation bill through Congress. Mendte now writes and produces the commentaries for Jersey Matters.
One of the nation’s most honored broadcasters, Mendte won seven New York Emmy awards for his PIX commentaries, giving him a total of 90 regional Emmy awards for his 30 years in broadcasting. He also has 8 Edward R. Murrow Awards and a National Sigma Delta Chi Award.
In Philadelphia, Mendte was the 6 and 11 PM anchor at KYW, the CBS television station in Philadelphia. He is a member of The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hall of Fame and was named one of Greatest Living Philadelphians by the Daily News in 2007. Mendte earned 40 of his regional Emmy Awards in Philly, a record four of them in the “Best Anchor” category
In 2005, Mendte received several awards from Veterans groups for a series of reports that prompted the city to re-light Philadelphia’s Eternal Flame in honor of the nation’s war dead. It had been extinguished for more than a decade. His work on behalf of the Eternal Flame was honored on the floor of the United States Senate that year and is now part of the Congressional Record.
Mendte is also an accomplished documentary film maker. His documentary Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope, about the little girl who started the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation before she died at the age of 8, won over 20 film festivals across the country and was the inspiration for a yearly telethon. Larry hosted the telethon and produced several touching stories about children with cancer. The telethons have raised over ten million dollars to fight pediatric cancer.
Before joining CBS 3 in July 2003, Mendte was evening news anchor for WCAU-TV, the NBC station in Philadelphia. Mendte returned to Philadelphia in 1997 to anchor at NBC10. Previously, he co-hosted Access Hollywood, the daily half-hour entertainment news magazine produced by NBC in Los Angeles and was weekday anchor and investigative reporter at Chicago’s WBBM-TV. While at WBBM, Mendte earned a record 27 Emmy Awards and was twice named “Best Reporter” in Illinois by the Associated Press. His series of reports on school bus safety in Chicago led to two new state laws. Prior to WBBM, Mendte was a main anchor for KFMB-TV in San Diego and a reporter and anchor at WABC-TV in New York.
Raised in Lansdowne, Pa., Mendte graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School and has been inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from West Chester University and has been awarded the school’s distinguished alumni award and the President’s medal for community service. Mendte has also earned a Master’s degree from Quinnipiac University in Interactive Media with an emphasis on social media.
Mendte and his wife, former CBS Saturday Morning Anchor Dawn Stensland-Mendte, who also works at WJLP, have four children and reside in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.
Larry won a Mid Atlantic Emmy for Outstanding Writer for News Commentary or Short Form for his commentaries in 2015. In 2017 Larry won another Mid Atlantic Emmy for his work on Jersey Matters Town Hall: The Heroin Crisis.