The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association has inducted WBUR’s Lisa Mullins into its Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Mullins is among nine major figures in radio and television to be recognized during the organization’s annual Induction and Awards Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel.
“This is such a thrill!” said Mullins. “Boston’s home to outstanding broadcasters who set the standard for the business nationwide, so it’s an honor to be recognized among such a stellar and accomplished group.”
Mullins, known for her hard-hitting interview style and her extensive knowledge of international affairs, is the voice of WBUR’s in-depth program All Things Considered. She is also the guest anchor of the WBUR and NPR midday show Here & Now.
From 1998 through 2012, Mullins was chief anchor of the daily international news program, “The World,” co-produced by the BBC, WGBH and PRI. Her foreign reporting has taken her to Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Cuba, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, South and North Korea and elsewhere. Between 1996 and 2014, Mullins wrote, produced and narrated programs and documentaries for New England Public Radio (“An Audacious Act: How a High School Drop-out Helped Educate America”) and Human Media (“The Vegetable Chronicles”) and produced podcasts for Harvard Business School (“The Business”). She also hosted a PBS-TV series called “Thinking Big.”
Early in her career, Mullins anchored WBUR’s Morning Edition. Even earlier, she was news director at WEIM in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where she covered the police beat at 4:30 a.m., the school committee at 7 p.m. and pretty much everything in between. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of journalism degree by her alma mater, Simmons College.
In 2012, the Alliance for Women in Media presented Mullins with a Gracie Award for outstanding individual achievement as anchor of a news magazine. In 2010, she was awarded a fellowship at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation. Mullins has also received the bronze award for “Best Network Anchor” in the New York Festival’s international radio competition, and Boston Magazine has honored her with its “Best Radio Voice” award. In 2009, Mullins received the Clarion Award from Women in Communications for a story she wrote and produced about her 24-hour stay at a North Korean tourist resort. Mullins grew up in Stoneham, Mass. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Simmons College.
In addition to Mullins, the 2019 class of inductees to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame include: Marjorie Arons-Barron, the retired long-time former WCVB-TV, Boston, Director of Editorials; WCVB’s founding President and General Manager, the late Robert Bennett; WBZ-TV Boston meteorologist Barry Burbank; Boston TV38’s former “Movie Loft” host Dana Hersey; Boston 7News former political reporter/commentator Andy Hiller; WBZ Boston Radio sports reporter Jonny Miller; Springfield’s WWLP-TV retired General Manager Bill Pepin; and Richard Chase, retired from WBZ-TV after 40 years as a news photographer. Chase will be honored with the Hall of Fame’s Pioneer Award, which is presented to individuals or organizations who fundamentally contributed to broadcasting.