DiNicola plans to leave WRGB after 27 years

Staff report
Section: TV-Radio,  Page: D4

Date: Friday, November 3, 2006

Veteran Capital Region reporter and critic Dan DiNicola will leave WRGB Ch. 6 at the end of the year, the station announced Thursday.

DiNicola, who joined the local CBS affiliate in 1979, interviewed thousands of stars and filmmakers for his reports, which were distributed nationally to other CBS stations. DiNicola will continue to write reviews and columns for the Daily Gazette. It's the third significant departure from WRGB since June, when veteran reporter Judy Sanders - who joined the station the same year as DiNicola - announced her retirement. In August, anchor Sue Nigra departed; at that time, DiNicola was engaged in contract negotiations with the station that reportedly would have redefined his duties.

DiNicola, a dapper and avuncular fixture on the local media scene, is the first Capital Region reporter to earn three Emmys - for documentary, commentary and half-hour feature - and has received numerous other professional awards. He was also instrumental in the early career of Rachael Ray, collaborating with her on WRGB's "30-Minute Meal" segments.

Before turning to journalism, DiNicola taught high school literature, film and creative writing. In his statement, DiNicola said it's a field he might return to. "I have been with CBS 6 for a long time, and my work here has been enjoyable and fulfilling," DiNicola said. "Now it's time to write the next chapter."