Richard Chacón oversees all aspects of local radio and digital news content for WBUR, Boston’s leading public radio station. His responsibilities include editorial and strategic leadership of the WBUR news department, staffing, budgeting and story development for daily news programs and special projects.
Richard’s career includes more than 20 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, public affairs, politics and government.
As a journalist, Richard has worked at The Boston Globe, where he covered Boston City Hall and higher education and was the Latin America bureau chief, based in Mexico City. He also served as deputy foreign affairs editor and as ombudsman. In addition, he has worked at New York Newsday, WCVB-TV in Boston and KTSM in his native El Paso, Texas.
In 2006, Richard served as director of communications for Deval Patrick’s gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts, and later served in the Governor’s Office as director of policy and then as executive director of the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants. He also served as a speechwriter in the New York City Mayor’s Office under David Dinkins and later as deputy media director for the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York City.
Richard received a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 2004 and an Eisenhower Fellowship in Brazil and Germany in 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University’s College of Communication and master’s degrees in public administration and in journalism from Columbia University.