Saturday, March 11, 2006

Where are they now?

Today, we feature former WNEP reporter Fred Lettieri.

An Old Forge native, Lettieri got his start in 1984, as a reporter at WTOC-TV in Savannah, Ga. After a year in the hot south, he headed to the cold north of New Hampshire and accepted a job with WMUR-TV. But as is the case with so many NEPA natives, the lure of the area called Lettieri back. In 1990, he came to WNEP, where he covered the southeast portion of the market (Schuylkill County, Carbon County, etc.).

Lettieri eventually discovered that balancing the hectic schedule of broadcast journalism with a family wasn't that easy. After 13 years, he decided to call it quits, and left WNEP in 2002.

Where is he now? Lettieri is now an advertising salesman for the Yellow Book phone directory.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make no mention of the horrible accident involving Fred and other WNEP staffers. Don't you think that might be a huge part of his story? Susan Jellig was hurt seriously in that accident, whatever became of her?

5:54 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

As I recall, Jellig was actually paralyzed. But this accident was before my time. Could you please elaborate?

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan Jellig, her photog husband Bernie, and intern Fred Lettieri were badly hurt in a collision in the Pottsville area. Someone left his lane and struck the 16 car head on. Susan needed a cane after that, IIRC. They moved to Long Island where Bernie got a photog job

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former WNEP employee, I offer a few corrections to the memory of the 653pm poster:

In the early 1980's, WNEP Anchor/Reporter Susan Jellig, Photographer John Duffy and Intern Fred Lettieri were returning from an assignment in the Philadelphia area. Their station car was hit head on in a construction zone on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A vehicle crossed into their lane. At that time there were no concrete barriers, just cones to divide traffic.

All were hospitalized and Susan was the most seriously injured. She eventually returned to work at WNEP, but later moved with her husband to the New York area where both secured jobs in television. Husband Bernie was a photographer at WNEP, but not involved in the crash. Unfortunately, Susan never fully recovered and did need to steady herself with a cane.

John Duffy also returned to work at WNEP and was last known to be working in Atlanta as a photographer.

Fred recovered from his injuries, graduated from college and went on to his career as a reporter.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stand corrected. Thanks for the clarification.

6:53 poster

8:51 PM  
Blogger vinoneon said...

but isn't it true that the only reason Letteri got a job @ wnep was because of the accident? I don't recall him ever being that good of a reporter. He had a distinct NEPA accent, which I found annoying.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Bernie Jellig said...

Thank you all for remembering Susan. The accident was very difficult for her and continues to be so. She uses a cane full time and tires very quickly. Simple tasks are a major project. You never seem to fully recover from a major tragedy in your life.
While still in Pennsylvania we had two beautiful daughters, Lindsey and Amanda. We moved to Long Island in 1988. Susan worked for News 12 Long Island for aboout 5 years and then became a full time mom.
Lindsey will be graduating college in 2007 and Amanda will be starting college in the fall of 2006.
I am currently at NBC in New York editing programming for Discovery, A&E, SciFi etc.
Thank you all again for remembering Susan.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I remember Fred was a great reporter with a very distinct voice. He is now a successfull Account executive with Yellow Book USA. He enjoyed his time at WNEP but it was time to move on.

9:35 PM  

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