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Peter Mehegan

 

was a familiar presence on Boston television for nearly 40 years. He came on the scene in 1967 as a writer and news producer at Boston’s WBZ-TV.  He went on to on-air reporting and anchoring in a tumultuous 14-year period in Boston. Highlights of his reporting career included Martin Luther King’s march through Boston; the prosecutions of Daniel Ellsberg and Dr. Benjamin Spock for anti-Vietnam War protests; the 1974
school busing and desegration crisis; numerous New Hampshire primaries; and Pope John Paul II’s first visit. He was awarded an Emmy for outstanding news reporting for his coverage of protests at the Seabrook, New Hampshire nuclear power plant.      
In 1981, Mehegan moved to WCVB-TV where he spent 23 years as co-anchor of the Chronicle news magazine, which included assignments around the globe. His best-known Chronicle feature was “On the Road Again” in which, for two decades, he traveled the back roads of Maine in his restored 1969 Chevrolet Impala profiling colorful rural personalities -- “anyone with a story to tell.”
Dorchester born and bred, Peter spent his later youth in Scituate.  He and Julianne, his wife of 53 years, raised four daughters here.  He retired in 2005 for a new assignment as a grandfather of six.