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January 22, 2015

Jim Braude to be Next Host of WGBH’s Greater Boston

Debuts on WGBH nightly news program March 2, 2015

BOSTON, Mass. (January 22, 2015) – Jim Braude has been named the new executive editor and host of WGBH News’ landmark local television news and analysis program Greater Boston. Braude will continue to co-host Boston Public Radio, 89.7 WGBH’s popular midday talk show. He will step into the host’s chair on March 2, 2015.

Braude, who has built a reputation as one of Boston’s most thoughtful interviewers on both radio and television, succeeds Emily Rooney, who hosted the program for 18 years. Since its debut nearly two decades ago, Greater Boston (Monday-Thursday, 7pm on WGBH 2) has been a must-stop for the region’s top policy makers, business leaders and cultural icons. Its substantive reporting, news analysis and topical commentary offer greater depth and perspective than any other local news broadcast. Rooney continues to host the weekly Beat the Press program (Fridays, 7pm on WGBH 2) and will be a Special Correspondent for WGBH News, reporting on a number of stories, including the Tsarnaev trial.

“We are very pleased that Jim will expand his role with WGBH as the next host for Greater Boston,” said WGBH COO Ben Godley. “When Emily made the decision to scale back her hosting duties, we started a comprehensive, national search for a new host who could equal her stature and represent the public trust that New Englanders place in WGBH. Ultimately, that search ended right in our own newsroom at Jim’s desk because it was clear that talent was already here.”

Braude joined the WGBH News team in February 2013 when he and Margery Eagan started hosting Boston Public Radio, a show they have grown into Boston’s top-rated midday public radio program. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist with more than 20 years of television experience. Braude started his career as a legal services lawyer in the South Bronx. He is the current host of Broadside: The News with Jim Braude weeknights on NECN and writes a regular column for Boston Globe Magazine. During his time with NECN, Braude has interviewed candidates for president, every high-ranking Massachusetts public official and cultural figures from Jane Fonda to Salman Rushdie and moderated more debates than any other anchor on Boston television.

“For more than 20 years on radio and television, Jim Braude has provided people across New England with access to the public officials, business and cultural leaders, community advocates and daily newsmakers who influence the direction of the entire region,” said Phil Redo, general manager for WGBH radio and local news. “Jim is one of the very few people who knows Boston, its stories and its people as well as Emily Rooney, making him the natural choice to continue the thoughtful, in-depth program she started nearly two decades ago.”

Braude joins a Greater Boston team that has overseen tremendous growth in recent years, including a 100 percent increase in local household ratings between the end of 2013 and end of 2014. Last year, Greater Boston introduced a new series of FOCUS reports, a comprehensive, multi-day examination of issues and topics of interest to local communities. Greater Boston is a part of WGBH News’ collaborative, multi-platform news team.

About WGBH
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