Charles Kravetz, General Manager
Charles Kravetz is the general manager of WBUR, the NPR radio station licensed to Boston University. WBUR is widely regarded as one of the leading NPR stations in America. WBUR originates four nationally distributed programs: Car Talk, On Point, Here & Now and Only A Game. It has been honored countless times, including winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for the best radio station in America in 2010.
Before WBUR, Kravetz was the president and general manager of New England Cable News. He oversaw the largest regional news channel in America, reaching 3.7 million homes in all six New England states. He also oversaw the creation and growth of the network’s newsroom as vice president of news and station manager into one of the most distinguished and honored television news organizations in the United States.
NECN is the only regional cable news channel ever to win the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Broadcast Journalism Award, the highest honors in the television news industry.
Before launching NECN, Kravetz spent 12 years at WCVB-TV. While there, he held several positions including assistant news director, senior executive producer of new programming, original producer and later executive producer of “Chronicle,” WCVB’s award-winning nightly magazine program, associate producer and later producer of “Calendar,” an Emmy-winning monthly newsmagazine.
A native of Sharon, Kravetz graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He studied theater in the graduate program at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He lives in the suburbs west of Boston with his wife, Deborah Sinay. They have two daughters.
Paul A. La Camera, Administrator of Public Radio
Paul La Camera served as general manager of WBUR from October 2005 to December 2010. In his new role as administrator of public radio, he will help manage both the leadership transition and public representation of Boston’s NPR news station.
Prior to his appointment as WBUR’s general ganager, La Camera served for more than 33 years at WCVB-TV, Boston’s ABC affiliate, including 12 years as president and general manager. WCVB is Boston’s leading local station and is widely considered to be among America’s best commercial television stations.
La Camera hails from a family steeped in media. For 30 years, his late father Anthony La Camera was the distinguished dean of American television critics, writing for the Hearst-owned Boston newspapers.
Prior to joining WCVB, Paul La Camera was director of communications for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and worked as a reporter for the Boston Record American and Sunday Advertiser.
Among his television industry activities, La Camera served on the White House Advisory Committee (Gore Commission) on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. He has testified on local television issues before both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. House Telecommunications Subcommittee. La Camera is a board member of the Boston Foundation and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. He was recently appointed a trustee of the Boston Public Library.
La Camera is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, where he serves as a trustee. He has three master’s degrees: Masters in Journalism and Urban Studies from Boston University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston College. He was honored in 1992 as a distinguished alumnus of BU’s College of Communications and in 2000 with the Sanctae Crucis Alumnus Award from his college alma mater. La Camera has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts (Medical School) and from Boston’s Emmanuel College.
A native of the Boston suburb of Winthrop, he resides in Boston with his wife Mimi. They have three adult sons: Mark, Peter and Christopher. Mimi is president of Boston’s Freedom Trail Foundation.
Corey S. Lewis, Station Manager
Corey began his career at WBUR in 2002 as director of corporate support. He was additionally made director of development in 2003. In his new dual role, Corey oversaw an increase in revenue, cost controls and efficiencies that helped strengthen the relationships between WBUR and its stakeholders. Corey also guided the station in its first ventures in satellite radio broadcast and external marketing in an effort to expand to a larger audience WBUR’s mission of public education.
Corey’s experience in the media industry began well before he joined WBUR. He started his career in 1985 at WTXX-TV, an independent television station in Hartford as a local sales representative. From 1986 to 1993, Corey served as national sales representative for Paramount Pictures owned- and operated- television stations at Millenium in New York and Boston.
Corey started his management career in 1993 as national sales manager at Tribune’s WTIC/FOX61 in Hartford. From 1996 to 2000, Corey worked for Viacom as general sales manager to WLWC/UPN28 in Providence and WPSG/UPN57 in Philadelphia, helping to increase market share and revenue at both stations. A native of Boston’s North Shore, Corey returned to Boston as general manager of WHUB/TV66 in 2000, helping Universal Pictures’ USA Networks launch an independent, local broadcast television station.
Corey earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. After relocating throughout the East Coast for years, he has returned to his roots with his wife and two sons to settle in his hometown of Swampscott.
Jean Wong, Director of Finance
Jean Wong joined WBUR as director of finance in January 2005. She brings with her a wealth of experience in both financial management and the broadcast arena.
Jean’s work prior to WBUR was at Radio One, Inc., where she had been market controller reporting to the general manager on all financial matters, since 2002. Her additional experience in the broadcast industry includes business banager and station CFO for WHUB-TV, a USA Network broadcasting station launched in 2000, and banager of accounting at WLVI-TV, a Boston-based television station and WB affiliate, from 1994 to 1999. Prior to that time she served as assistant controller for six years at WLVI-TV, then an independent UHF television station.
Jean brings additional experience from Brigham and Women’s Hospital OB/GYN Department; Houghton Mifflin & Company; and Jobs for Youth-Boston, Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Boston College and lives in the Boston area.
Sam Fleming, Managing Director of News and Programming
Sam Fleming has served as WBUR’s managing director of news and programming since 2004. He is responsible for supervising a staff of 75, including news managers, producers, reporters, writers, editors, hosts and production staff. Under his direction, WBUR’s News Department has garnered more than 50 national and local awards recognizing the quality and depth of its news coverage.
Sam brings to WBUR more than 20 years of experience in public broadcast media. He first worked at the station in 1981 as a general assignment reporter, but his longer tenure began 10 years later. In 1991, he returned as managing editor. The following year, he was made WBUR’s news director, a position he held until 2004. In that role he oversaw the breadth, depth and daily workings of the news produced at WBUR, and helped to manage the content of daily broadcasts in their diverse forms.
Sam has also worked at New Hampshire Public Television (PBS) in Durham, N.H., as news director and reporter/producer; at WGBH-TV (PBS), in Boston as a political reporter for the Ten O’ Clock News, where he reported on the 1988 Presidential Campaign; at WMUR-TV (ABC) in Manchester, N.H., as a political reporter covering the State House; at New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord, N.H., as the news director and “Morning Edition” host and reporter. Sam also contributed pieces to National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
Sam is a longtime resident of New Hampshire who braves the traffic each day in his commute to Boston. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire in 1976. His teenage son Wilder will soon be entering college.
John Davidow, wbur.org Executive Editor
John Davidow, formerly WBUR’s news director, has recently been appointed executive editor in charge of wbur.org. Davidow is an award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 20 years of local, national and international news and news management experience. Since joining the station in 2003, John has led WBUR in winning numerous regional Associated Press awards, including News Station of the Year in 2005 and 2004, plus the prestigious Regional Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Awards, including the War in Iraq (2004) and Continuing Coverage of the 2004 Election (2005).
John spent the majority of his broadcast career in commercial television before shifting to public radio. In 1998, John became assistant news director at WBZ-TV, Boston’s CBS-owned and -operated television station. During John’s tenure at WBZ, the station was recognized with the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Outstanding News Station of the Year. The award recognized the work of the WBZ newsroom in its coverage of the John F. Kennedy, Jr. plane crash and the Worcester Cold Storage warehouse fire.
John’s broadcast career began at WCVB-TV, Boston’s ABC affiliate, in 1981. John covered major local, national and international news at WCVB, where he spent 17 years as an award-winning producer. As the station’s senior special projects producer, John covered national presidential campaigns, investigations into international adoptions in Central America, trade issues in Asia and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He also covered the world of international terrorism, traveling to the Middle East several times. In 1990, John became executive producer of news, overseeing coverage of WCVB’s major newscasts, a role he held for nearly a decade.
John graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He and his family live in the Boston area.
Jeffrey Hutton, Director of Engineering
Jeff Hutton recently celebrated his 20th year at WBUR. He joined the station as chief engineer in 1985, and since that time has overseen the construction of new transmission facilities in Newton, besides leading the design and relocation team that moved WBUR’s operations from 640 to 890 Commonwealth Ave. in 1996.
A native of Boston’s South Shore, Jeff grew up listening to WJDA Quincy for local news and WMEX and WRKO for rock and roll in the 50s and 60s. In the 70s he was an avid fan of CBS Radio News on WEEI, which included CBS’ “Radio Mystery Theatre” — the highlight of the evening — with host E.G. Marshall.
In 1980 Jeff landed his first job in radio at WSSH and WLLH Lowell as assistant chief engineer. After two years, he was hired by WHDH and WCOZ, two of Boston’s top five stations at the time, as a studio technician. In 1985, he joined WBUR.
Jeff lives in Dedham with his wife, Carol, of 24 years, with whom he has two college-age children.