Yianni Kourakis is the award-winning sports director for WPRI 12 and FOX Providence. Yianni anchors sports for 12 News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., and hosts and produces the Sports Wrap nightly at 10:45 on FOX Providence, the Patriots Wrap and New England Nation.
Since joining the 12 News team in September 2013, Yianni has covered four Patriots Super Bowls including thrilling wins over the Seahawks, Falcons and Rams, as well as two Red Sox World Series wins in 2013 and 2018. On all occasions, Yianni hosted live post-game shows from the field after the championship.
In 2019, he covered the Bruins Stanley Cup Final run. He also followed URI and PC basketball in the NCAA Tournament, the Friars Hockey Championship team, hosted Inside Rhode Island Basketball with Dan Hurley and covered several Celtics playoff games. During the fall, Yianni hosts the high school football show the Friday Night Blitz with Morey Hershgordon. In the podcast space, Yianni hosts “Double O.T.” alongside Morey.
Yianni is a Rhode Island native and graduate of South Kingstown High School. While at WPRI, he has been nominated for three Emmy Awards, won an Associated Press Award for Best Sports Program and won the NSMA Rhode Island Sportscaster of the Year and Rhode Island Monthly award for Best Sportscaster.
Prior to returning to the Ocean State, Yianni was a sports anchor/reporter at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia, where he was named Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year in Virginia twice. Yianni also worked at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Maryland, and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. He is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland. Go Terps!
Back in his home state, Yianni loves covering the teams he grew up watching. He is also an adjunct professor at URI, teaching Sports Broadcasting. Yianni lives in East Greenwich with his wife Beth, and young children, Paige and Chip.