WJAR 10 anchor Frank Coletta took to Facebook this morning to thank the viewers for 37 years of support over his incredible tenure with WJAR 10.

“To all my Facebook friends: thanks for your kind comments about my completion of 37 years as an employee at this wonderful TV station! All 37 years here have been great and I appreciate the loyalty and support you have shown me through all, or part of that time. You are an amazing audience, and your daily presence, your comments (and criticisms) have kept me enthusiastic and energized each workday. No TV broadcaster can enjoy a 37-year run at the same TV station without the continued endorsement of the audience, and I will never take your support and loyalty for granted. Thank you for allowing me to visit your homes in the morning and at Noon. I’ll “see” you again next broadcast!”

Frank Coletta anchors NBC 10 News Sunrise and NBC 10 News at Noon.

Frank joined NBC 10 in 1978 as an assignment editor. He became a general assignment reporter in 1981 and began anchoring the “Today” show local newsbreaks in 1982. He began anchoring the Saturday newscasts in 1983 and was named Sunrise anchor in 1985.

Frank has received numerous reporting awards from the Associated Press and United Press International, and an Emmy nomination for investigative reporting in 1986.

He has been named Best Morning Anchor by readers of Rhode Island Monthly magazine for 24 years, and Best TV Personality by the readers of the Providence Phoenix for all 5 years the Phoenix conducted a readers poll.

In recognition of Frank’s coverage of the business and financial communities on the Sunrise News Business Report, Frank received the Manufacturing Partnership Award from the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association in November 2003 and the Rhode Island District Director Award from the federal Small Business Administration in May 2006.

In 2001, Frank was inducted into the Silver Circle of broadcasters for his 31 years of experience in the industry. The Silver Circle honor is given by the New England Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmy Award people).

In September 2010, Frank was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Of Humane Letters) during the annual convocation ceremony at Salve Regina University in Newport, where he served as keynote speaker.

Frank taught broadcast journalism and newsroom operations as an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College from 2006 to 2009.

He was named Citizen of the Year by the Mancini Lodge of the Sons of Italy in North Providence in 2001.

Frank was born and raised in West Warwick and received a speech communications degree from Emerson College in Boston.

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