Richard Chacón Hired as Executive Director of News Content; Tom Melville Promoted to News Director
WBUR, 90.9 FM and wbur.org, Boston’s NPR news station, announced two key newsroom appointments yesterday: Richard Chacón in the newly created position of Executive Director of News Content, and Tom Melville as News Director, from his current role as Executive Editor of Content.
These two new leadership posts reflect WBUR’s strategic effort to ensure that its venerable newsroom, composed of 75 journalists providing both radio and digital content for audiences on-air and online, reflects the overall need to serve the public on multiple media platforms.
As Executive Director of News Content, Chacón will oversee all of WBUR’s local news content and resources for both radio and digital. Chacón comes to WBUR with deep journalistic credentials, having worked at The Boston Globe for more than a decade in a variety of roles including Ombudsman (2005-2006), Deputy Foreign Desk Editor (2001-2004) and Latin America Bureau Chief (1998-2001). He started at The Boston Globe in 1994 as a general assignment reporter covering the neighborhoods of Boston, and also worked as the beat reporter for Higher Education and then City Hall. He worked briefly as a television reporter and started his career in journalism at WBUR in 1984, while still an undergraduate at Boston University. Chacón has also held a variety of public policy and public affairs roles, such as heading up the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants and serving as Director of Policy for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Most recently, he has been working on an ambitious capital campaign for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Senior Associate Director in the Office of the Vice President for Resource Development. He holds both a Masters in Journalism and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University. Chacón was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an Ethics Fellow at The Poynter Institute. He begins his new role at WBUR on June 10.
Melville, whose leadership was critical in overseeing WBUR’s heralded coverage in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in April, has been appointed News Director, effective immediately. In this role, he will continue to oversee WBUR’s corps of reporters, producers and hosts for WBUR-FM radio. He’ll work closely with Chacón, as well as Managing Editor of Digital Tiffany Campbell, who joined WBUR in July 2012 from The Seattle Times, where she’d been the editor of digital news. Melville was previously WBUR’s executive editor of content since 2011. Prior to that, he was the news director at New England Cable News (NECN), the 24-hour news cable outlet. Melville arrived at NECN in 1993 as chief political reporter and rose through the ranks to executive producer and to assistant news director before being named news director in 2008. While at NECN, he was co-writer and executive producer of the documentary film “Look for Me Here: 299 days in the life of Nora Lenihan,” which won the George Foster Peabody award. Melville holds degrees from both Boston University and Boston College Law School. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.
“As the media landscape continues to evolve, WBUR is thrilled to have a team in place that will serve our on-air and online audiences with distinction,” said Charlie Kravetz, general manager, WBUR. “Tom’s promotion to news director is well deserved, and he’ll continue the important work of overseeing all of WBUR’s local radio news coverage in this role. And I’m delighted to welcome Richard to this newly created position at WBUR, where his extensive journalistic background and leadership experience will help shape and guide our multi-platform newsroom of the future. ”