Host, Radio Boston
Meghna Chakrabarti is the host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews with extraordinary people, and analysis on broader issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond.
She is also host of Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaborative digital production between WBUR and The New York Times. Meghna also serves as the primary fill-in host for Here & Now, NPR and WBUR's national midday news program.
Radio Boston has been frequently recognized for journalistic excellence by many of the nation's top journalism associations. In 2018, the show won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for best news documentary for its complex, nuanced coverage of the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth. The show has twice won the best large market talk show award from the Associated Press of New England. For two consecutive years, the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. awarded Radio Boston its top prize for large market talk shows, citing the particular mix of intelligence, analysis, and personal voices in Radio Boston's coverage of the 40th Anniversary of Boston's Busing Crisis, and Special Coverage of the Death Penalty Decision for the Boston Marathon Bomber.
The Asian American Journalists Association also awarded Meghna and her team the national excellence in radio/audio award for Radio Boston's special series on the eviction crisis in East Boston.
Meghna has won awards for individual reporting from both the Associated Press and the Radio Television News Directors Association for her writing, hard news reporting, and use of sound.
On Radio Boston, her interviews have encompassed a wide range: multiple mayors of Boston, Massachusetts Governors Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker, Secretary of State John Kerry, presidents of many New England colleges and universities, moving personal conversations with law professor Anita Hill, actor F. Murray Abraham and pianist Lang Lang, challenging conversations about race with law professor Randall Kennedy, language expert Steven Pinker and author Lois Lowry, comedians Mindy Kaling and Rainn Wilson, public radio favorites David Isay and the late David Rakoff, and many more.
Before taking the helm at Radio Boston in 2010, she reported on New England transportation and energy issues for WBUR’s news department. She also produced and directed WBUR’s national news and talk program, On Point, for five years.
A former fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting, Meghna holds bachelor’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Oregon State University (summa cum laude), as well as a master’s degree in environmental science and risk management from Harvard University, and an MBA with honors from Boston University.
Most importantly, Meghna is the mother of two bright sparks, and the lucky spouse of a wise and patient man.