Yianni Kourakis

Biography

Yianni Kourakis is a part-time faculty member for Sports Media and Communication in the Harrington School. A South Kingstown native, who grew up in the shadows of the campus, Yianni joined the URI faculty ranks in the Fall of 2018.

Yianni is the award-winning Sports Director for WPRI 12 and FOX Providence. Yianni anchors sports for Eyewitness News at 6 p.m and 11 p.m., and hosts and produces the Sports Wrap nightly at 10:45 on FOX Providence, the Patriots Wrap and New England Nation.

Yianni has covered four Patriots Super Bowls, two Red Sox World Series, a Bruins Stanley Cup Final and countless Celtics playoff games. He also followed URI and PC basketball in the NCAA Tournament, the Friars Hockey Championship team and hosted Inside Rhode Island Basketball with Dan Hurley. During the fall, Yianni hosts the high school football show the Friday Night Blitz. In the podcast space, Yianni hosts “Double O.T.”

While at WPRI he has been nominated for three Emmys, won an Associated Press award for Best Program and won the Rhode Island Monthly award for Best Sportscaster. Prior to returning to the Ocean State, Yianni was a Sports Anchor/Reporter at WRIC-TV in Richmond, VA where he was named Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year in Virginia twice. Yianni also worked at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, MD, and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. He is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland. Go Terps!

Yianni lives in East Greenwich with his wife Beth, and young children, Paige and Chip.