Lana Jones, a veteran reporter and familiar voice delivering the news of the day, died Wednesday morning at a Worcester hospital, according to WBZ News Radio 1030. She was 62.
The radio station described Jones as an “outstanding journalist who will be severely missed by her colleagues and friends in the Boston media.” The station did not provide a cause of death.
“Lana was the consummate professional who could take a hundred-page Supreme Court decision and boil it down into a concise report for our listeners,” WBZ program director Bill Flaherty said in a statement from the station. “She knew everyone and everything. She will be greatly missed.”
Listeners and the public officials she covered, including Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, joined in expressing their condolences.
“I am shocked and saddened by the news about Lana Jones. She was a total pro and a fixture covering all kinds of news for decades for WBZ. We will all miss her. Rest In Peace,” Baker said in a tweet.
Jones had been with the station since 1991, and was part of WBZ’s award-winning coverage of the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal, the crash of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane, and the Worcester warehouse fire in 1999, the station said.
“I’ve always admired Lana’s work on WBZ Radio,” Alan Chartrand, president of the iHeart Boston Region, said in the statement. “She took the tough stories and made them easy to understand. Our deepest sympathies go out to Lana’s family and the newsroom.”
Veteran WBZ reporter Carl Stevens paid tribute to his colleague on Twitter.
“It was my great privilege to work with her for years, and I learned a great deal about being a reporter from her,” he tweeted. “She reminded me that there is good in this world.”
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley praised Jones.
“Lana Jones wasn’t just a familiar voice on the radio,” Conley tweeted. “She stood tall on the landscape of Boston news reporting. Bold when chasing a story, compassionate with the people those stories touched, witty in conversation, and always a professional. We’ll all miss her.”
The Boston Fire Department echoed those sentiments. “On behalf of Commissioner @ChiefJoeFinn and the women and men of Boston Fire, our Condolences to the family and friends of the late Lana Jones,” the department tweeted. “A consummate professional whose reporting was first rate. Always a pleasure to work with.”
Jones began her broadcast career in Toledo, Ohio, while she was a student at Bowling Green State University, according to the station. She moved to Worcester in 1981 and joined the staff of WAAF, where she anchored the news and hosted a weekly talk show on local youth issues. She then served as a news anchor and reporter for WMJX from 1983 to 1988, and then worked as a reporter for WHDH radio from 1989 to 1991, the press release said.
Jones leaves her husband, Steve, who lives in Worcester.
Lana Jones wasn't just a familiar voice on the radio. She stood tall on the landscape of Boston news reporting. Bold when chasing a story, compassionate with the people those stories touched, witty in conversation, and always a professional. We'll all miss her. pic.twitter.com/x0QdphbvHf— DA Dan Conley (@DADanConley) April 25, 2018
Rest in peace, my friend, Lana Jones. She passed away early this morning after collapsing in her home. It was my great privilege to work with her for years, and I learned a great deal about being a reporter from her. She reminded me that there is good in this world.— Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) April 25, 2018
On behalf of Commissioner @ChiefJoeFinn and the women and men of Boston Fire, our Condolences to the family and friends of the late Lana Jones @wbznewsradio— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) April 25, 2018
A consummate professional whose reporting was first rate. Always a pleasure to work with.
Heartbroken and stunned this morning to learn the news that my colleague and friend Lana Jones died suddenly overnight. Lana was an amazing reporter and amazing person. The newsroom won?t be the same without her. :-(. https://t.co/DXLPqcQNRI— Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) April 25, 2018