When last we reported on Larry Mendte he had been sentenced to six months of house arrest after a federal conviction for hacking into the email of a former colleague at KYW-TV (CBS) Philadelphia. But now he is returning to the air – in a different market.
Tribune’s WPIX-TV (CW) confirmed to RBR-TVBR Friday that Mendte has been hired to provide commentary segments on the station’s newscasts. The new gig was first reported by the Philadelphia Daily News.
Mendte will continue to live in Pennsylvania, where his wife, Dawn Stensland, also a former TV news anchor (WTXF-TV, Fox, Philadelphia), is rumored to be considering a run for the state’s 7th District Congressional seat as a Republican. Rep. Joe Stesak (D-PA) is vacating the seat to challenge Sen. Arlen Spector (D-PA) for the Democratic Party’s senate nomination.
The commentaries that Mendte writes, produces and reports for WPIX will also be available to other Tribune stations.