CRANSTON, R.I. -- Doug White, a news anchor for nearly three decades at WJAR-TV, died yesterday at his home in Warwick after a battle with cancer, the station announced. He was 61.
Mr. White joined the NBC affiliate in 1978 and served as an anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. In 2001, he began anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast as well.
Governor Donald L. Carcieri said Mr. White had been the ``face of news in southern New England" for more than 20 years.
``During that period, Doug brought to NBC 10 a sense of dignity and gravitas that garnered the trust of all Rhode Islanders. Besides his work on television, Doug was an important member of our community," Carcieri said in a statement. ``He was truly a Rhode Island institution."
Before taking the WJAR-TV position, Mr. White worked for six years as an anchor for WPRI-TV in Providence.
He went on medical leave last year to fight cancer.
``We can't imagine our newsroom without him," a former co-anchor, Patrice Wood, told The Providence Journal.
Mr. White leaves his wife, Barbara; two sons, Matthew and Jonathan; and three grandchildren.