WBUR Announces New Permanent Host For 'Radio Boston'

WBUR announced today that Tiziana Dearing will be the permanent new host of Radio Boston, the station’s flagship local program that airs weekdays at 3 p.m. She will start mid-June.

(Courtesy of Sam Sweezy)
(Courtesy of Sam Sweezy)

“After an extensive host search, we are thrilled to officially bring Tiziana into the fold at Radio Boston,” said Hitesh Hathi, executive producer of Radio Boston. “For many years, she’s been a trusted WBUR commentator, addressing issues that ranged from the Boston Marathon bombing to sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to income inequality in Massachusetts. We’re eager to collaborate with her on an exciting new chapter at Radio Boston.”

Dearing’s appointment follows a robust search process during which time an array of guest hosts filled in, giving both staff and listeners a chance to get acquainted with the candidates. The pool was narrowed down to four finalists who then met with the show staff and a seven-member search committee. Dearing shone through as the consensus pick.

“Tiziana’s intellect, work experience, ability to connect with people and deep knowledge of the city proved to be a winning combination,” said Sam Fleming, managing director of news and programming. “At a time when engagement matters more than ever in media, I’m particularly pleased that she’s been embedded in the local community for decades. We look forward to this new era at Radio Boston as WBUR seeks to fulfill our mission, serving the community with independent news and information.”

Dearing brings a vast array of experience to Radio Boston having worked in academia, the nonprofit sector and the corporate sector. In addition to radio commentary, she has worked with WBUR as a Cognoscenti contributor and a community advisory panelist, sharing insights around the educational and cultural needs of various communities served by the station.*

Prior to her role at Radio Boston, Dearing served as professor for macro practice and co-director of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. She is a co-founding director of research in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE3) at Boston College. Her teaching focused on social innovation and leadership. Additional research and teaching interests include race, poverty and inequity, especially in urban environments, nonprofits and philanthropy, and social justice in public policy.

Prior to Boston College, Dearing led a number of anti-poverty organizations, including Boston Rising, a start-up anti-poverty fund, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, where she was the first woman president. Dearing also served as the Executive Director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and spent nearly a decade as a management consultant both to Fortune 500 companies and to mission-driven nonprofit organizations.

Go here to listen to or learn more about Radio Boston.

* Dearing served as a member of the WBUR Advisory Council, a group of local community leaders who represent different voices and faces of the community, from Fall 2012 - 2018.(updated June 14, 2019)

WBUR & NPR Name Tonya Mosley As Third Co-Host Of Here & Now

NPR and WBUR announced today that Tonya Mosley has been selected as the third co-host of Here & Now, the weekday news and talk program distributed on more than 475 NPR stations nationwide. Mosley starts August 5 and will be based in Los Angeles.

Mosley has been the Silicon Valley bureau chief for KQED, the public radio station based in San Francisco.  She is also the host of the new podcast Truth Be Told. As an Emmy and Murrow award-winning television, radio and print journalist, Mosley creatively uses her curiosity and tenacity to find and expose truths for the greater good of society.

“We are pleased to anchor Here & Now’s extensive reach by bringing Tonya on as co-host to offer greater coverage on the west coast,” said WBUR Managing Director of News and Programming, Sam Fleming. “Her impressive reporting and inquisitive nature make her a great fit to complement our current co-hosts, Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson.”

Prior to KQED, Mosley served as a senior reporter covering education for WBUR and before that had been a television reporter and anchor for several media outlets, including Al Jazeera America. In 2015, Mosley was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University where she co-created a workshop for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias, and co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental study on the effects of protest coverage. Mosley has won several national awards for her work, most recently an Emmy Award in 2016 for her televised piece "Beyond Ferguson," and a national Edward R. Murrow award for her public radio series "Black in Seattle."

A live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart, and in-depth news, interviews and conversation. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with newsmakers, NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe. Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in partnership with NPR in 2013. Today, the show reaches 5.27 million weekly listeners on more than 475 stations, representing 87 percent of the DMAs across the country (Act 1, Nielsen Audio Nationwide, Fall 2018, 12+). Here & Now airs weekdays 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET with live updates until 4 p.m. ET.

On Point Simulcast With BBC Radio 5

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4, WBUR presents On Point as a LIVE simulcast with BBC Radio 5 from 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET (3 p.m. - 4 p.m. BST). On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti and BBC Radio 5 Live host Nihal Arthanayake will open the phone lines for a transatlantic conversation about President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom. As Trump meets with the Queen and Prime Minister Teresa May, the discussion will center on the topic of US-UK relations.

WBUR Sponsors "Run For The Rhodies" At Heritage Museum

WBUR is proud to be a media sponsor of Heritage Museums and Gardens.
This Saturday, we were on the Cape for the first-ever "Run For The Rhodies 5k Trail Race" through the rhododendrons at Heritage Museum.  The 5k kicked off WBUR's summer on the Cape!

Join Saturday, July 27th for "Kids Day". Stop by the hands-on Maker Station for some art-inspired fun! Artist Michelle Lougee will guide visitors of all ages in creating jellyfish out of plastic bags, using the same materials and techniques she employs in her sculptures. This drop-in program is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with their child – or for adults to connect with their “inner-child” – through sensory exploration and art-based play.

Swing by WBUR's table for trivia, games and free prizes! Click here for more information.

WBUR Partners With Boston Symphony Orchestra on "Circle Round" Podcast

WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, announced today that Circle Round will host a special summer pop-up series in partnership with the Grammy-winning Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) through its Education and Community Engagement Department. Hosted by Rebecca Sheir, Circle Round is a popular children’s storytelling podcast which adapts folktales from around the world into action-packed radio plays, complete with original music and notable voices from the stage and screen.

To kick off the partnership, Circle Round and the BSO will present the BSO Concert for Very Young People: Circle Round Edition on May 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library.

On June 30, Circle Round will present three live performances at the new Linde Center for Music & Learning at Tanglewood featuring BSO musicians performing original scores and a new version of the Circle Round theme song by Eric Shimelonis. Actors, including Jane Kaczmarek (CHIPS, Malcolm in the Middle), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Life in Pieces), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, My Fair Lady on Broadway) and Campbell Scott (Amazing Spider-Man 2, House of Cards) will perform new stories including "Kangaroo and Joey Too" from Australia, "Practice Makes Progress" from the Antilles and "The Magic Bowl" from the West Indies and Ghana. WBUR will record these live performances and release them as episodes for the special summer "pop-up" season to be released July 9, 16 and 23.

In anticipation of the summer pop-up series, WBUR will release several new episodes of Circle Round that offer children and their grown-ups the opportunity to connect over timeless folktales. A story involving an Irish fellow and a conniving leprechaun, and a Seneca tale about a mythical stone will guide listeners through important issues like persistence, honesty, gratitude and generosity. Circle Round will also release a special, one-time-only, spotlight episode, “Babayan and the Magic Star” by Kiku Adatto, narrated by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Following the jam-packed summer, Circle Round launches Season 3 on September 10, 2019. Listen to Circle Round on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

WBUR Presents "Safe Space Radio" During Mental Health Awareness Month

WBUR has partnered with Safe Space Radio to present "Can We Talk," a new four-part miniseries for Mental Health Awareness in May airing Sundays at 8p.m. The series includes four hour-long episodes about subjects that are hard to talk about, hosted by Dr. Anne Hallward, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist. Each show combines compelling stories and expert guidance to explore the intersection of mental health and social change, offering listeners practical tools for navigating challenging conversations. Topics covered in the episodes include:

Asking for Help
Talking to White Kids About Race and Racism

Learn more about Safe Space Radio.

WBUR Explores What Boston Can Learn from Mexico City's Bus Rapid Transit System - Special Series

The Mexico City Metrobús is a bus rapid transit system that has served the city since Line 1 opened on June 19, 2006. It now has seven lines. (Keith Dannemiller for WBUR)
The Mexico City Metrobús is a bus rapid transit system that has served the city since Line 1 opened on June 19, 2006. It now has seven lines. (Keith Dannemiller for WBUR)

This week, WBUR introduced a special news series on transportation. Bostonomix Reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka traveled to Mexico to explore how bus rapid transit eased Mexico City's grueling commute. The "Metrobús" has transformed Mexico City's roadways over the last 15 years with a faster, more efficient bus system known as bus rapid transit. And it could be a model for Boston. Stories in the series called ¡VIVA BUSES! can be heard on WBUR's Morning Edition and found online here.

Here & Now Hits the Road

Robin Young
Robin Young

Robin Young will be reporting and co-hosting Here & Now from WBHM in Birmingham on Tuesday, April 30. The show will feature an interview with Sarah Collins Rudolph, the 'fifth girl' whose sister was killed in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. Plus, WBHM Education Reporter Sherrel Wheeler Stewart will discuss efforts by Alabama lawmakers to repeal Common Core. Also, WBHM Reporter Mary Scott Hodgin will join Here & Now to discuss problems with overcrowding, suicides and homicides and lack of mental health care in Alabama prisons.

Here & Now airs live weekdays from 12 p.m. -  2 p.m. EST. 

WBUR Honored With RTDNA Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the winners of the 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards honoring outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism, technical expertise and adherence to RTDNA’s Code of Ethics. A record 4,600 entries were submitted for the competition and more than 720 regional winners were selected for categories such as continuing coverage, investigative reporting, Overall Excellence and more. WBUR is the proud recipient of 10 regional awards, including the prestigious “Overall Excellence” honor. The awards celebrate WBUR’s diverse, groundbreaking programming and innovation. The full list of honors includes:

Excellence in Innovation: Last Seen, a true-crime podcast about the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: the theft of 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Hard News: 'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase

Excellence in Sound: How A Sore Wrist And A Fondness For 'Noise' Forever Changed The Way The Violin Is Played

Feature Reporting: How Writing A Lullaby Helps Struggling Mothers-To-Be Bond With Their Babies

Sports Reporting: Dreaming Big: Champion Wheelchair Racer Mentors Next Generation

Continuing Coverage: Recreational Marijuana

News Documentary: 'Martin Luther King Loved This City': Remembering King's Legacy In Boston

Breaking News: Radio Boston, Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion

Newscast: Merrimack Valley gas explosion

Overall Excellence: 90.9FM, the WBUR Listen App, your smart speaker and online at wbur.org

As a regional award winner, WBUR will advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition. National winners, including Large and Small Digital News Organizations and Network News Organizations, will be announced in June 2019.

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WBUR Announces Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize Winner

WBUR announced today that Hannah Dreier is the winner of the 2019 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. The winning segment was produced at This American Life in partnership with ProPublica, where Dreier serves as an immigration reporter.

Dreier’s winning entry, “The Runaways,” is an hour-long investigative report that documents how the Suffolk County Police Department in New York failed to investigate a series of gang murders when the victims were immigrant teenagers. Days after the story aired on This American Life, the Suffolk County legislature forced the police department to conduct an internal investigation into how it had handled the MS-13 murder cases. “The Runaways” proves that investigative reporting continues to effect change.

“I am impressed with how many talented young journalists there are in public radio and what ambitious stories they have told,” said Robert Siegel, retired host of NPR’s All Things Considered, who served as the prize’s finalist judge. “Hannah Dreier’s ‘The Runaways’ is solid reporting of the most important kind, reporting that holds public officials to account for their incompetence, indifference and hollow self-serving claims of victory.”

Dreier’s work just received a 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. Prior to serving as an immigration reporter at ProPublica, Dreier served as the Associated Press’ Venezuela correspondent for three years. She moved to Caracas amid a bloody nationwide protest movement and told the story of the country’s unraveling from hospitals, ports and food lines. Her Venezuela reporting won the Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, and the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. Her 2016 “Venezuela Undone” series was recognized by the Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Dreier joined the AP in 2012 as a politics reporter in the Sacramento bureau and later covered the business of gambling from Las Vegas. Earlier, she was a metro reporter for the Bay Area News Group, which includes The Mercury News and East Bay Times. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and is fluent in Spanish.

In addition to Siegel, the Schorr Prize judging panel included preliminary judges Christine Chinlund, former Managing Editor for News, The Boston Globe; Katie Colaneri, Assistant News Director, WHYY; Terry Gildea, Executive Director, PRNDI; Sarah Ashworth, Director of News, Vermont Public Radio; Susanna Capelouto, Senior Editor, WABE; Erica Peterson, Director of News and Programming, WFPL.

Dreier will be presented with the prize at the WBUR Gala taking place April 22 at the JFK Library in Boston, Massachusetts. An annual benefit for the public radio station, the gala supports independent news and programming.

The Schorr Prize is named for the late NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist Daniel Schorr who died in 2010. Schorr was a believer in supporting talented young journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio. The annual $5,000 Prize — sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner — salutes a new generation of public radio journalists under the age of 35, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Past Schorr Prize winners include former WLRN reporter Wilson Sayre (2017); former WNYC reporter and now a reporter for NPR’s Planet Money Sarah Gonzalez (2016); WAMU reporter Patrick Madden (2015); WFPL reporter Devin Katayama, now a reporter for KQED, San Francisco (2014); WBEZ producer Becky Vevea (2013); KUNC reporter Grace Hood (2012); NPR host David Greene (2011); NPR reporter Ailsa Chang (2010); reporter Chana Joffe-Walt, who covers global economics for NPR’s multimedia project “Planet Money” (2009); former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, now the host of the “TED Radio Hour” (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).