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Michele McPhee joins Channel 5

By Johnny Diaz
August 5, 2011

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Michele McPhee, the Boston newspaper journalist and radio personality, has been hired as a general assignment reporter at WCVB-TV (Channel 5.) Her beat will center on crime and law enforcement. She begins work Sept. 6.

McPhee “is an aggressive and well-connected journalist with some of the best sources in Boston and the proven ability to break stories,’’ said WCVB news director Andrew Vrees in a release. “Her track record speaks for itself.’’

McPhee is best known for her columns at The Boston Herald and for her nonfiction crime-themed books, such as “Mob Over Miami.’’

Recently, she has been a contributor to WFXT-TV (Channel 25)’s 10 p.m. newscast, where she chimed in with her opinion on the news of the day.

For three years, she helmed her own talk show weeknights on WTKK-FM 96.9, until her contract was not renewed late last year.

McPhee said she is looking forward to her TV gig. “As a native Bostonian, I grew up watching WCVB,’’ McPhee said in a release.