Larry Hughes has since January 2002 been a member of Saint Francis Hospital 's Corporate Communications Department specializing in Public Relations. He has been a print and broadcast journalist for over 40 years beginning with the ABC Radio News network in 1962.
His non-fiction book on Vietnam , where he served with the U.S. Army, was published in 1970 by William Morrow & Co. He joined the Poughkeepsie Journal in 1972 and has received several Associated Press and Gannett News Service writing awards, including the 1997-98 New York State Publisher's Association Award for Distinguished Column Writing. His column has appeared in the Journal's Life Section since 1987.
A native of Queens , New York , he's been a Dutchess County resident since 1968. He worked in local radio news before joining the Journal's staff. In 1990 he began hosting the “Talkback” program on WEOK Radio. The interview show was heard weekdays from 1210 to 1 p.m. and featured guests and call-ins. That program was broadcast until 1999 when the station underwent a format change. After leaving the Journal as a full-time employee in September 1999, Hughes became the host of a morning talk and information show that was heard for 18 months weekday mornings on WEOK and a sister station in Middletown . He was also the voice of “Mid-Hudson Report” on WMHT/WRHV-FM from 1991 until 2000.
As a part of his duties at Saint Francis Hospital , he hosts the “Saint Francis Hospital Good Health Show,” heard weekly on four AM stations, and the Saint Francis Hospital “Ask the Doctor Show” heard weekly on three AM stations.
A past president and member of the board of Literacy Volunteers of America, Dutchess County, he now serves on the boards of the American Cancer Society and the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library.