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 TV 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 Radio and Television News Directors Association’s 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.
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