Shannon Hegy is the Emmy-nominated anchor of Eyewitness News at 5, 6, 6:30, 10 and 11. She was raised in Windsor, Connecticut, but spent much of her childhood vacationing in Rhode Island. She told her parents at a very young age that she would live here one day!
Shannon graduated from Hofstra University in New York with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2007. That’s also where she met her husband Matt (the two were married in October 2012). Shannon got her first job in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she started behind the scenes, but quickly worked her way up the ranks, eventually becoming the main anchor there, before deciding to take the next step in her career and join the talented team at WPRI.
Shannon loves sitting on the anchor desk but also prides herself on being an “active anchor” – getting out in the community and covering important stories and breaking news. In her career, Shannon has covered a number of major stories, including the June 2011 Springfield tornado, the Sandy Hook school shooting, the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox 2015 World Series win, as well as Deflategate and the Patriots’ Super Bowl victories.
It was a story that affected her personally, however, that is the closest to Shannon’s heart. At just two months old, her son Carter came down with bacterial meningitis in September 2017. He spent nine weeks in the hospital bravely battling the potentially-deadly infection. Shannon shared “Carter’s Story” with Eyewitness News viewers to spread awareness about bacterial meningitis and encourage other parents to trust their instinct. Shannon is happy to report that Carter is now a healthy, happy little boy who shows no signs of slowing down. If you see Shannon, her husband Matt and her son Carter out and about, please say hi. You can often find them at the beach, eating at their favorite restaurants (there are too many to name!), or on the golf course (Carter has his very own set of clubs).
Shannon is also involved with a number of local non-profits and events, including the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The Izzy Foundation and Meeting Street, to name a few. Shannon is proud to bring you Coverage You Can Count On, and thanks you for welcoming her into your home every night!