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.[3]

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.


Recent Articles
  • Are music stars boycotting Florida over Trayvon Martin verdict?

    NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – The case has also renewed discussion about stand your ground laws.  Larry Mendte explains how one celebrity taking a stand on the issue, may be standing alone . The Stevie Wonder boycott is growing into a full fledged movement, so says Stevie Wonder. You`ll remember that the music legend announced that he won`t play a concert in Florida until the state repeals its stand your ground law.   He made the announcement right after George […]

  • President’s Obama’s message to the nation on Trayvon Martin

    NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – President Obama opened up about Travyon Martin’s death, putting it in personal terms last week. Larry Mendte wonders if his emotional words are enough to heal the nation and put this case in the past. President Obama tells the world that Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. Even though the prosecution didn`t bring up race in the case, the president did and said that being profiled and followed is part of being […]

  • News Stations Need to Adapt To Smartphones

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– We are in the middle of a seismic shift in what is certain to be studied by future generations as the digital age. A few things happened in the past week that are worth noting as old institutions are devoured by the insatiable appetite of the still growing monster called the internet. When an Asiana 777 crash landed in San Francisco the first eyewitness accounts were on twitter. David Eun, an executive at Samsung wrote, “Just […]

  • Mendte: National Media & Stand Your Ground Law

    NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – The attorney general is one of many calling to do away with the stand your ground, self-defense law.  But Larry Mendte points out; it didn’t play a role in the George Zimmerman trial. In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, Stevie Wonder announces that he will not perform concerts in Florida until they repeal the stand your ground law. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a news conference claiming the Zimmerman trial proves that […]

  • Mendte: Media Coverage of Zimmerman post verdict

    NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – Larry Mendte takes a look at the national media coverage and says it seems like they were just waiting for the protests to happen. When the jury handed up a not guilty verdict clearing George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin The cable news stations immediately cut to a split screen in expectation of riots And all they got were passionate but peaceful protests outside the Sanford, Florida courtroom Reporters kept saying things like […]

  • Mendte: Immigration Reform

    (KPLR) – Under the cover of tragedies that dominated the news – a plane crash, a train crash, a military coup and a murder trial – comprehensive immigration reform was slowly dying in the US House of Representatives. Larry Mendte explains why.

  • Mendte: Zimmerman Trial Verdict

    NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – After the jury delivers its verdict, Larry Mendte is concerned about how race could play a role in the nation’s reaction. As the Trayvon Martin murder trial winds to a close, the possibility of a full acquittal for George Zimmerman is causing concern among police departments around the country and especially in Florida. Concern that we could see the same type of race riots as we did in Los Angeles in 1992 after police officers […]

  • Mendte: Democracy

    (KPLR)– Freedom and modern democracy, it’s a common way of life in the US.  But as Larry Mendte explains it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

  • Larry Mendte: Egypt Coup

    (KPLR)– Celebration Thursday night in Egypt after their current president steps down. What does it possibly mean for America? Larry Mendte takes a look.

  • Mendte: U.S. to send Syrian Rebels Military Aid

    NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – Do you feel that? The stiff winds of the cold war have started blowing once again. The winds picked up when President Obama made the decision to step up military support of the rebels in Syria. The move was prompted by confirmation that government troops have been using chemical weapons against its own people.  As President Obama puts it a red line has been crossed. It was the right move to make; I think he […]

  • Mendte: Bill Clinton Criticizes Obama For Lack Of Action

    (KTVI) – Republican Senator John McCain is blasting the president for not acting sooner. So is a former democratic president, and Larry Mendte wonders if Bill Clinton would be so vocal if his wife was still working for the White House.

  • Mendte – The NSA’s Surveillance Sounds Like What Totalitarian Governments Do

    NEW YORK, NY (WPIX) – Sometimes I am stunned by Americans and today is one of those days.  In the wake of the NSA scandal a new poll shows the majority of Americans don`t have a problem with the government secretly compiling their phone records. Many don`t have a problem with the government looking at their emails either.  I think maybe a lesson in our constitution is in order. There was a time in this land, before we were the […]

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