After Flurry of Personnel Moves, WLNE Names New News Director

By Andrew Gauthier 

Irene Mahoney-Paige has been named news director of Providence’s WLNE. She is set to join the ABC-affiliate on July 15th.

“Irene brings years of experience along with fresh, innovative ideas,” said WLNE vice president and general manager Chris Tzianabos, who joined the station himself just two months ago. “We are thrilled to have her lead the team during this critical time.”

The hiring of Mahoney-Paige, who comes to WLNE after three years as executive producer at WTIC in Hartford, is seemingly the last piece of a dramatic overhaul at WLNE by the station’s new owner Citadel Communications. In addition to bringing Tzianabos on-board, WLNE introduced a new weekday evening anchor team and hired a new weekend evening anchor. The station also issued a significant round of layoffs in April.

In a press release, Mahoney-Paige said that she is “extremely excited” to be joining the WLNE news team.

“I am a native New Englander, my family is here, I grew up here,” she said. “We live in such an amazing place with so many interesting people and stories! I look forward bringing our southern New England viewers, these stories.”

Beyond leading a newsroom full of fresh faces, Mahoney-Paige will help oversee WLNE’s current transition to HD.