United States

John Henning

John Henning

(1937 – 2010)

  • Light a candle
  • Place a gift
United States

John Henning

John Henning
(1937 – 2010)

In memory of

John Henning

(1937 – 2010)
About John
This is an online tribute in memory of John Henning. John Henning was a veteran news reporter and political analyst who spent many years on Boston television before becoming a commentator on radio.
Born in New York City, the son of Mary and Walter Henning (his father spent 36 years as a New York City police detective), he was the oldest of six children. John Henning graduated from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey, and came to Boston in 1959 to get a Master's Degree at Boston University.
While studying, he interned at WGBH-TV (channel 2), where among his duties, he covered sports. But his heart was in news and politics. After 2 years at WGBH, he spent 8 months in the Army. Then, in 1964, he
Continued...
About John
was hired at what was then known as WNAC-TV (now WHDH-TV) as a street reporter. He also began covering local and national elections, something he would become known for. By 1965, WNAC promoted him to news anchor, and he did the 6pm and 11pm newscasts. It was during this time that he began to gain the reputation he still has to this day – as a dependable, accurate and savvy reporter who knows how to separate spin from fact. John Henning left WNAC-TV in 1968, going to work for the old WHDH-TV (now WCVB-TV), Channel 5.
John Henning remained at Channel 5 till April 1977, when he returned to the anchor desk at Channel 7. While his reporting continued to win him praise, the ratings at WNAC-TV did not go up,
Continued overleaf...
About John
and he was taken off the anchor desk and re-assigned to other duties. Not long after that, in late June 1981, he decided to resign. At that time, media critic Robert MacLean of the Boston Globe wrote that "It is acknowledged among his colleagues that Henning, a veteran Boston TV newsman, [is] perhaps one of the best street reporters in the history of Boston TV news..."
Due to a non-compete clause in his contract, he remained off the air till January 1982, at which time he was hired by WBZ-TV (Channel 4) to anchor the noon news. John Henning has spent the rest of his career working for WBZ, winning a number of awards in the process. In 1994, he was able to report on the success of his brother Dan Henning, who
Continued...
About John
was named the football coach at Boston College.
Meanwhile, after many years of anchoring, John stepped down from anchoring the noon news in May 1995, and WBZ-TV made him their senior correspondent, with a specialty in local and national politics. The veteran reporter also covered the State House. John Henning retired from full-time reporting in 2003, but continued to do commentary for WBZ-TV and WBZ Radio, where he teamed up with another political commentator, Jon Keller, to do a feature called "Eye on Politics."
John Henning passed away on 7 July 2010. This is an online memorial in memory of his life and his career.
Please write something below
(You can delete your comment at any time and edit it for 15 minutes after submission)
1
Gold tribute.

Please log in to upload galleries

John Henning - tribute extract

John Henning

This is an online tribute in memory of John Henning. John Henning was a veteran news reporter and political analyst who spent many years on Boston television before becoming a commentator on radio.
Born in New York City, the son of Mary and Walter Henning (his father spent 36 years as a New York City police detective), he was the oldest of six children. John Henning graduated from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey, and came to Boston in 1959 to get a Master's Degree at Boston University.
While studying, he interned at WGBH-TV (channel 2), where among his duties, he covered sports. But his heart was in news and politics. After 2 years at WGBH, he spent 8 months in the Army. Then, in 1964, he...

The tribute dedicated to John Henning has yet to be contributed to.
X
X
X
X
(You can edit your entry for 15 minutes after submission and can delete your entry at any time)
Rest in peace John
I first met John at ****
My sincere condolences to all friends and family of John
My fondest memory of John was ****
John used to really enjoy ****
What I will miss the most about John is ****
John inspired me to ****
John changed my life by ****
If I had to sum up what John meant to me it would be ****
X