Larry Mendte (born January 16, 1957) is an American commentator and American news anchor working at WPIX in New York City. Mendte was the first male host of the American syndicated television show Access Hollywood. His nightly commentaries are aired at TV stations across the country.
Until mid-2008, Mendte was the lead anchor of the 6pm and 11pm newscasts for KYW-TV (Channel 3), the CBS O&O in Philadelphia. After nearly two decades in last place, Mendte led the station to compete with first place WPVI-TV (Channel 6). He left WCAU-TV (Channel 10), where he had anchored the 4, 6 and 11 pm newscasts.
In February 2010 Mendte returned to television with a nightly commentary on current events, originating from Tribune Broadcasting’s WPIX in New York. The position was made available with the assistance of Bill Carey, a WPIX executive and friend of Mendte’s. This segment is also seen on WPHL-TV’s 10pm newscast (which is produced by NBC’s WCAU, a former employer of Mendte), WGN-TV in Chicago and several other Tribune and Local TV-owned stations across the country.
In June 2010 Mendte aired the first of several commentaries urging Congress to pass the 9/11 First Responders Health and Compensation Bill. Six months later when the bill was passed, Mendte was given an award by the 9/11 First Responders for his efforts.
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Smack dab in the middle of the most volatile section of the world an explosion of violence. Soldiers in Egypt open fire and kill those protesting the military coup that removed a democratically elected leader. The president has seen enough. “The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt`s interim government and security forces. We deplore violence against civilians.” said President Barack Obama. Uh oh, he not only condemns what`s going […]
NEW YORK, NY (WPIX) – We watch what is happening on the streets of Egypt and we shake our heads. But America has no moral authority to shake our heads in disapproval at the killing in the streets of Egypt, since we are paying for the bullets. It is the latest chapter in a voluminous book called American hypocrisy. We like democracy and so we backed protestors when they demanded the ouster of our ally Dictator Hosni Mubarak. But, when […]
NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – The president is enjoying a little “R” and “R”. While some question if it’s the right time to take a break, Larry Mendte looks at just how connected he is. It`s summer time and everyone deserves a vacation from their job, except apparently the President of the United States. He is vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard for a week and that has incurred the wrath of conservatives. They are upset about three things: One: That he […]
NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – Kid rock has a bad boy reputation. But one move he’s made when it comes to his concerts, is winning over fans in a big way! Larry Mendte explains. If you are a fan of the hip hop southern rock and country styling’s of Kid Rock, you are in luck. If not, you may want to become a fan. The entertainer has lowered the ticket prices for all of his concerts to 20 dollars. And […]
NEW YORK, NY (WPIX) – As Major League Baseball fans arrive at ballparks across the country this week, many of their favorite players are not on the field. They have been banned from baseball for the rest of the season for taking performance enhancing drugs. So, the fans are left to cheer for those who play clean and those who didn’t get caught. Of course the man who has been villainized the most, Alex Rodriguez, is still playing for the […]
NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – The U.S. is extending its shut down of nearly two dozen diplomatic posts while assessing the threat of a possible attack. Larry Mendte gives a shout out to the silent members of our national security team, trying to protect our borders.
NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – The wife of Anthony Wiener, being compared to former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Both stayed with their men amid sex scandals. But as Larry Mendte explains the Clintons aren’t too happy with the comparison.
NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – Americans are getting larger and this summer the American Medical Association took steps to address it, but Larry Mendte says they did it the wrong way. Something awful happened this summer 30% of Americans, over 100 million people, were diagnosed with a disease And it happened like that. When the American Medical Association made the absurd decision to label obesity as a disease Their bleeding hearts are in the right place, they want to call […]
NEW YORK, NY (WPIX) – IT has become the modern day Punch and Judy show. Political wives standing, humiliated, in front of the world as their office-holding husbands admit publicly to a wide array of philandering. Every word of admission hits the loyal wife like a punch to the gut. The list is as long as the array of sexual exploits. Former Idaho senator Larry Craig and his wife Suzanne. Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his wife Silda. […]
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – It’s officially not funny anymore. I No longer get to do an Anthony Weiner commentary with a smirk on my face and double entendres in my script. I no longer laugh at the tabloid headlines. Anthony Weiner has a problem and should not be mayor of New York City. Like many New Yorkers, I was willing to forgive and forget the initial Weiner tweets. he resigned, he learned his lesson, he hurt no one but […]