Wendall Woodbury

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Wendall J. Woodbury (June 20, 1942 – October 20, 2010) was an American television journalist and news anchor. He spent much of his career as a reporter for WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1968 until his retirement from broadcast news in 1992 as a feature reporter.[1] He was known for a series of segments called "Wendall's World" while at WGAL.[1]

Woodbury was born in Belfast, Maine, to Blaine and Nellie (née Jackson) Woodbury.[2] He graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast before enrolling in the Leland Powers School of Radio, Television and Theater in Boston, Massachusetts.[2]

Woodbury began his broadcast career at several Maine television stations. He initially worked at the Maine Hildreth Television Network before becoming an announcer at WAGM-TV in Presque Isle and WABI-TV in Bangor.[2]

Woodbury worked as a reporter, anchor and weatherman at WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for twenty-four years from 1968 until 1992.[1][2] Woodbury was the first television anchor in the United States to report on the Three Mile Island accident as the story broke in 1979.[3]

He was known for a series of feature pieces at WGAL called Wendall's World.[1] Woodbury also co-hosted a television show called Susquehanna People with Mary Haverstick and sometimes hosted a dance show called Dance Party, which was loosely based on American Bandstand.[3] He retired from WGAL in 1992 as a features reporter.[1][3]

Woodbury owned WJW Video Productions, headquartered in Manheim, Pennsylvania, from 1992 until his death in 2010.[2] He wrote, produced, edited and appeared in national and local television commercials and corporate videos.[3]


Woodbury died from lymphoma at Hospice of Lancaster County in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2010, aged 68.[1] His funeral was held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster.[2] Woodbury and his wife of 48 years, Faith (née Lewis), were residents of Penn Township, Pennsylvania, located near Manheim.[2][3] He was survived by his wife, daughter, grand-daughter, and two brothers.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Former WGAL Personality, Wendall Woodbury, Passes Away". WGAL-TV. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Wendall J. Woodbury obituary". Village Soup Belfast. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e O'Connor, David (2010-10-20). "Friends remember TV anchor Wendall Woodbury, 68". Intelligencer Journal. Retrieved 2010-10-27.