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NEW: ABC6 Sports Anchor Ken Bell Announces Retirement

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Ken Bell announces his retirement PHOTO: John Methia, Facebook

Long time ABC6 sports anchor Ken Bell announced his retirement on Wednesday. 

“The Dean of Southern Massachusetts Sportscasting and one of the nicest guys on the planet makes his big announcement. It's been a pleasure Ken Bell. You are a great sportscaster and even a better human being,” said ABC6’s John Methia in a Facebook post. 

He will retire at the end of July. 

Ken Bell

Bell has been with Channel 6 for over 30 years and was named Rhode Island Sportscaster of the year for the third time in 2016.

He previously won the award in 2015 and 2000. 

Over his career, Bell has covered five Patriots Super Bowl championships, three Red Sox World Series titles, college basketball and more. 

“The best moment of my career was in 2004 and again in 2007 when I covered the Red Sox winning the World Series.

I had been there for all the heartache. I was at Fenway in 1978 when Bucky Dent hit the home run. I was at Shea Stadium for game 6 of the 1986 World Series when the ball went through Bill Buckner's leg. I was there in 2003 when Aaron Boone hit the 11th inning homer to beat the Sox at Yankee Stadium. That made covering the World Champion Red Sox that much more meaningful. Covering the Patriots Super Bowls has also been memorable. And I was there was the Celtics last won an NBA title in 2008,” said Bell in his biography. 


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