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February 05, 2004

Eyewitness News Co-Anchors Mendte and Lane to Address YLD Annual Meeting March 8

Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane, anchors of CBS 3 Eyewitness News at 6 and 11 p.m., will be the guest speakers at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting on Monday, March 8. They will speak on the topic "Celebrity Showtrials: An Inside Glimpse from the Television media." Kim R. Jessum, chair of the YLD executive committee, will also address the meeting outlining her plans for 2004. The event begins at noon at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St., in Center City Philadelphia.

Mendte, a "hometown guy" whose first job in the news business was delivering the Evening Bulletin as a boy, takes special pleasure in the fact that, as an adult, he is still delivering the evening news in Philadelphia. Mendte has earned 16 regional Emmy Awards since returning to the Delaware Valley, three of which were in the "Best Anchor" category. 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. Prior to WBBM, Mendte was a main anchor for KFMB-TV in San Diego and a weekend anchor at WABC-TV in New York. Raised in Lansdowne, Delaware County, Mendte graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School and West Chester University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Mendte and his wife, Fox 29 Anchor Dawn Stensland, make their home in Philadelphia with his son and daughter.
Lane joined CBS 3 in September 2003. Before coming to Philadelphia, she had been weekend anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WTVJ-TV in Miami. She joined that station in September 2001, quickly distinguishing herself with her coverage of the impact of Sept. 11 on the region, from the hunt for suspected terrorists to her in-depth reports on the backlash felt by Florida's Muslim community. Her major assignments there also included Hurricanes Michelle and Isadore and the investigation into the anthrax attack on the National Enquirer tabloid publisher American Media. Previously, Lane was a reporter for WSVN, the FOX affiliate in Miami where she covered the Elian Gonzalez story. Lane was also an anchor/reporter for cable news station News 12 in New York, covering the shooting death of Amadou Diallo by New York City police among other stories. As a result of one of her investigative pieces there, she is credited with helping to free a wrongly accused man from prison. She began her career as a Washington-based reporter for KSNT-TV in Topeka, KS, while completing her Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany in Spanish Language and Literature, graduating with honors. Lane, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. A native of Long Island, NY, she now resides in Center City.
Also at the meeting, the YLD will present three awards: The Vision Award to the law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP for its financial support and encouragement of associate involvement with the YLD; the Craig M. Perry Service Award to Philadelphia Bar Foundation President Edward F. Chacker, Esq. for his commitment to pro bono and fundraising for charitable organizations and his involvement in YLD activities; and the F. Sean Peretta Service Award to Christopher W. Ritchie, Senior Vice President of Citizens Bank, for contribution of ideas and financial resources to the YLD.
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