November 19, 2013
WGBH Adds to News TeamInvestigative reporter, afternoon host join growing WGBH News team
BOSTON, Mass. (November 19, 2013) – WGBH News continues to expand its commitment to in-depth, local news coverage. The public broadcaster today announced the additions of Rupa Shenoy, a new investigative journalist, and Deb Daigle, a new host for WGBH’s All Things Considered.
The additions of Shenoy and Daigle build on WGBH News’ recent growth and continued success. Since 2011, WGBH’s commitment to local news has expanded significantly. Today, the WGBH News team includes more than 40 content producers across all electronic platforms, including radio and television hosts, radio and television producers, reporters, editors and digital producers.
“Boston is ideally positioned to be one of the most loyal markets for public news radio,” said WGBH Radio General Manager Phil Redo. “I am excited to welcome Rupa and Deb to Boston and look forward to working with them to build on the success we have had in recent years.”
Through WGBH's commitment to substantive, local reporting, public news radio has expanded in Boston. Over the last three years, both of Boston’s public news radio stations have grown their audience and market share. Today, Boston’s two public news radio stations – 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio and WBUR – combine for the second-largest public radio market share in America, behind only Washington, D.C.
Rupa Shenoy joins WGBH/NECIR as investigative reporter
Shenoy, formerly of Minnesota Public Radio, joined the newsroom this week and will report for both WGBH News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), as part of a partnership that started in September. Before joining MPR, she was a Chicago bureau reporter for the Associated Press and spent five years as a general assignment and investigative reporter for the Chicago Reporter and The Daily Herald. She has a masters of science in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, won a Peter Lisagor award from the Chicago Headline Club and was selected in 2008 as a Carnegie-Knight News Fellow.
“Rupa joins our team of reporters who are taking a deeper look at important stories impacting our audience,” said WGBH News Managing Editor Ted Canova. “At a time when investigative reporting is being cut back nationwide, WGBH is uniquely positioned to investigate stories few other broadcasters can.”
“Rupa brings a unique skillset to the WGBH/NECIR partnership. She has extensive investigative reporting experience and understands both radio and television. We welcome her as a key member of our team,” said NECIR’s Executive Director Joe Bergantino.
NECIR is a nonprofit, investigative reporting newsroom – associated with Boston University – that produces in-depth investigative stories and is training a new generation of investigative journalists. In September, NECIR moved its professional newsroom to the WGBH studios in Brighton.
Deb Daigle to host WGBH’s All Things Considered starting in December
Daigle brings an array of journalistic experience to the WGBH News team and has worked across all electronic media platforms: radio, television and digital. She covered Capitol Hill, the White House and the Supreme Court for the Unistar Radio Network, served as an anchor and reporter for both WBZ and WRKO in Boston, and was a general assignment reporter and anchor for Charter TV3 and Greater Media Cable in Worcester, Mass.
“Deb is not only an experienced journalist but she also adds Boston experience to our newsroom. Her years covering local news will benefit our audiences with a deeper perspective of stories we cover,” Canova said.
She will begin hosting duties for WGBH’s All Things Considered in December. Jordan Weinstein will take on the role of host and reporter for 89.7 WGBH’s midday newscasts (10am to 4pm). Cristina Quinn, who currently anchors the midday newscasts, will take on a full-time reporting role, focusing on innovation.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.