WGBH News and Media Relations


January 14, 2013

Michael Raia Named WGBH Director of Media Relations & Marketing

BOSTON, MA (January 14, 2013) – Boston public broadcaster WGBH has named Michael Raia director of media relations and marketing. He will be responsible for overseeing press relations and local marketing activities for WGBH’s TV and Radio programs and related projects.
Raia comes to WGBH from Providence, R.I., where he served as director of communications for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. Before moving to New England, Raia held several appointed positions in Maryland state government, including director of communications and media relations for the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and press secretary for Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown.
“Michael has a wealth of experience in strategic communications and a broad understanding of public service through his work in city and state government,” says VP for Communications and Government Relations Jeanne Hopkins. “We look forward to the added dimension he will bring to WGBH’s external relations efforts.
“I am excited to join WGBH and work for this storied organization. WGBH is a vital part of Boston and New England’s cultural and educational communities and has a reach that extends far beyond the Northeast,” Raia said. “I look forward to promoting the original, local and national, award-winning and insightful content and programming my new colleagues produce and develop for television, radio, digital media and classrooms across the country.”
Raia has a Master of Arts from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and a Bachelors of Arts from Providence College. He currently lives in Providence, R.I. with his wife Kristin and their daughter Mairead.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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