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Longtime WBZ Radio Reporter Lana Jones Dies

WBZ radio reporter Lana Jones died Wednesday morning, according to the station. She was 62.

Jones was a familiar and distinctive voice to radio listeners in the Boston area. She came to Boston’s largest news radio station, WBZ AM-1030, in 1991.

“Lana died suddenly this morning at UMass Medical Center in Worcester,” the station said in a statement.

The statement does not give a cause of death.

Jones served as a news writer, editor, fill-in anchor, and reporter for WBZ. She covered the Boston Marathon bombings, the Whitey Bulger trial, the priest sex abuse scandal, the crash of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane, and the Worcester warehouse fire, among other things.

One of her last assignments was covering the wake of her former colleague Gil Santos, a retired longtime sports reporter and broadcaster for WBZ, who died recently at age 80.

Jones previously worked for WAAF in Worcester, WMJX in Boston, and the former WHDH radio in Boston.

Jones was originally from Ohio.

 

A native of Warren, Ohio, Jones moved to Worcester in 1981 to join the staff of WAAF. There she anchored the news and hosted a weekly talk show on local teen issues. From 1983 to 1988, Jones was a news anchor and reporter for WMJX in Boston. She worked as a reporter for the former WHDH radio from 1989 to 1991.

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