Emmy Award Winning News Anchor Appointed


Pamela Watts, Day Kimball Healthcare’s Interim Director of Development

Robert E. Smanik, President and CEO of Day Kimball Healthcare, announced that two-time Emmy award winning anchor, Pamela Watts, has been hired as the organization’s interim director of development. Watts is responsible for overseeing all development functions including major gifts, fundraising events and philanthropic efforts.

Mr. Smanik said, “Pam’s background in journalism, public relations and communications, along with her incredible enthusiasm, is a perfect fit for our development department. As a former news anchor, she is a familiar face to many in the area and we’re looking forward to her efforts in advancing Day Kimball Healthcare’s mission.”

“I see this new challenge as not about raising funds, but about saving lives,” said Watts. “All funds raised remain local and are used to help the organization and its physicians provide high-quality healthcare to those in need. The people I have met so far are incredibly warm and demonstrate a deep caring about their community. I feel privileged to be a part of this organization and am excited to now be telling Day Kimball Healthcare’s compelling story.”

Watts comes to Day Kimball Healthcare with fundraising experience through the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, The Leukemia Society, the RI Heart Association, the RI Lung Association and Meeting Street School. She was most recently anchor/reporter for Channel-12 Eyewitness News and Fox/Providence in Rhode Island. Her career as a New England broadcast journalist includes anchoring the news at ABC-6 in Providence, launching Rhode Island’s first National Public Radio station, WRNI, and stints at WRKO and WBZ in Boston.  Watts is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.

In addition to her two Emmys as “Best Anchor,” Watts has received Emmy nominations for her coverage of breaking news, sports and public affairs programming. Her reporting has won first place awards from The Associated Press, The Massachusetts Medical Society and The National Federation of Press Women. Currently living in Burrillville, Rhode Island with her son and daughter, Watts coaches the Burrillville High School cheerleaders and also enjoys the arts and reading in her spare time.