ABC6 Sports Director Retires After 35 Years

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

After 35 years, WLNE ABC 6 sports director, Ken Bell, is retiring.

“Not only is he an award-winning sportscaster, having won the Silver Circle from NATAS and Sportscaster of the Year four times, but he is also mentor to many young reporters.  Ken is a compassionate human-being who has dedicated his life to helping others,” said Chris Tzianabos, vice president and general manager.

Bell has covered some of southern New England’s most memorable sports stories for the ABC-affiliate including the Friars’ Final Four appearance to the Celtics championship years in the 80s, the Red Sox winning the World Series and the Patriots in the Superbowl.

“I am grateful to so many for encouraging me and supporting me through the years. My thanks to all who have made this journey so meaningful” said Bell.

Ken got his start in radio as a freshman at the University of Colorado.  He landed his first TV job as a weekend sportscaster in Denver.  Ken first moved to Providence to work as a weekend sports anchor/reporter for WJAR, did a short stint in Milwaukee and then returned to Providence to become sports director at ABC6.