WGBH News and Media Relations


May 15, 2017

WGBH News Taps WBZ’s Joe Mathieu as New Morning Edition Anchor


Veteran host Bob Seay to stay with the program in different capacity

BOSTON, May 15, 2017 – WGBH News announced today that former WBZ-AM morning anchor, Joe Mathieu, has been named anchor of Morning Edition, the public media broadcaster’s weekday radio program that offers the local take on the day’s national headlines. Mathieu will join the WGBH newsroom in June to begin training and reporting, and is expected to take over on-air duties in August.

"We're thrilled to welcome Joe to our rapidly growing local newsroom. As a talented broadcaster and outstanding journalist, he will help us to take Morning Edition to the next level of high quality reporting," said Phil Redo, General Manager for Radio. "After seven years hosting the show, Bob Seay has left his mark. As Bob shifts his focus to enterprise reporting and guiding the show, we'll all be grateful to take greater advantage of his editorial skills and experience."

Mathieu will replace veteran Morning Edition host Bob Seay, who will shift his focus to reporting and writing while remaining a critical member of the Morning Edition team. During Seay’s seven-year tenure Morning Edition’s audience grew 180 percent. Seay will provide transition support to Mathieu, while working with the newsroom to develop original projects, series and other content.

“For seven years, I have been privileged to host Morning Edition, working with a very talented team of reporters and producers evolving the show into the very locally content rich program we have today,” said Seay. “I can think of no one better suited to take over than Joe Mathieu. I eagerly look forward to working with him to make Morning Edition the ‘go to’ place for Boston’s early morning radio listeners.”

Mathieu has more than twenty years of broadcast news experience, including seven years at WBZ. In addition to anchoring WBZ’s morning show, he covered every major political race and the New Hampshire Primary, regularly appeared on WBZ-TV with Jon Keller and hosted various station events, including business breakfasts. He also recently started a popular Facebook Live broadcast, addressing his followers each morning before starting his shift.

"The opportunity to join WGBH as the host of Morning Edition is exciting for me both personally and professionally. I have been listening to WGBH radio for my entire life. And I'm most impressed by the commitment WGBH has made to covering local news through investments and partnerships that are quite rare in today's media landscape,” said Mathieu. “I'm excited to join that commitment on all of WGBH's broadcast and digital platforms. And it will be a great honor to once again greet listeners in Boston each morning."

Prior to joining WBZ, Mathieu worked in Washington, D.C. where he served as program director of P.O.T.U.S., Sirius XM’s news and talk channel dedicated to covering U.S. politics, a program which he developed and launched in 2007. He also worked as a news anchor and editor for two commercial stations in Washington, D.C. and spent seven years as the managing editor and anchor for CBS MarketWatch. A graduate of Emerson College, Mathieu lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.

WGBH’s Morning Edition, the public media broadcaster’s weekday radio program, offers a combination of local journalism and NPR’s national reporting.  Morning Edition airs at 5am on 89.7.  For recent stories, please visit: http://news.wgbh.org/morning-edition

About WGBH News

WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for innovation, higher education and politics as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, PRI’s The World, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and The GroundTruth Project.





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