WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A local broadcaster was honored Thursday night for his 50-year career in western Massachusetts.
WGGB Reporter Ray Hershel received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Valley Press Club Thursday night.
Hershel first began working for WHYN Radio In 1968. Within months, he transitioned to television, covering the return of Prisoners of War from North Vietnam to Westover Air Force Base.
“Those stories were just unbelievable and tearful,” Hershel told 22News. “It really taught me the power of television, and bringing a story like that to the people.”
Ray Hershel has covered the top stories in the region over the last five decades, and said he was gratified to have seen the Lisa Ziegert murder finally solved. It was a story he’s covered since Lisa disappeared.
“I was there in court when they brought in the suspect and the Ziegert family saw him for the first time,” Hershel told 22News. “So to see him behind bars now and the justice the family is getting is very very satisfying. Having lived through that pain with the family year after year after year.”
Hershel was cited for being accurate, thorough and fair, all while being a true gentleman.
Ray was presented with Valley Press Club’s Crystal Microphone.
Close to 100 friends, family, colleagues, politicians and former co-workers attended Ray Hershel’s fete at the Storrowtown Tavern Carriage House Thursday night.
Hershel was presented with proclamations from West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt, West Springfield State Senator Jim Welch and Springfield City Councilor Kateri Walsh.
This reporter has seen the respect afforded to Ray Hershel by his peers over the last 35 years. When other reporters are covering a story, and they see that Ray Hershel is there, they know they have to be at the top of their game. because you know Ray is going to get it right.
22News congratulates Ray Hershel for his Lifetime Achievement Award and his 50 years reporting in western Massachusetts.