WGBH News and Media Relations


April 1, 2016

Boston News Veteran Robert Dumas Joins WGBH as Executive Producer of "Greater Boston," "Beat the Press"

BOSTON, Mass. (April 1, 2016) WGBH News has hired Boston news veteran Robert Dumas as executive producer for the nightly public affairs TV programs Greater Boston and Beat the Press, hosted by Jim Braude and Emily Rooney, respectively. Dumas joins the WGBH team from WBZ-TV4, the CBS affiliate in Boston, where he served as the Executive Producer of the Investigative Unit and Special Projects. With more than 30 years of experience covering local news, Dumas will strengthen WGBH’s multi-channel newsroom and its commitment to in-depth local journalism.

“I am thrilled that Bob will be joining our newsroom. He is an award-winning producer who brings a passion for telling stories that affect our community,” said Kate Zachry, WGBH News Director. “Bob is joining a stellar team at WGBH News and I know every platform will benefit from his expertise.”

Dumas will work with Braude, who took over the Greater Boston helm last year, as well as Rooney to produce the nightly talk-format shows that bring together local law-makers, experts and entrepreneurs to discuss issues of local interest and national importance.

“Joining WGBH is an amazing honor, considering its national reputation for broadcasting excellence and its commitment to serving the local community with programs such as Greater Boston and Beat the Press,” said Dumas. “I am humbled and invigorated by the chance to work with noted journalists like Jim Braude and Emily Rooney.”

In his new role, Dumas will draw from more than a decade of experience as Executive Producer at WBZ, where he produced enterprising special reports and investigative stories for newscasts and special events — including coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013, for which the newsroom was awarded a Peabody Award for Overall Excellence.

Greater Boston and Beat the Press are both fast-growing programs, increasing their nightly viewership nearly 100% over the past year. Show guests have ranged from Governor Baker to authors David McCullough and Salman Rushdie, to chess master Garry Kasparov and the journalists portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight.

Greater Boston is among the very few locally produced programs that provides depth, context and conversations about important stories, whether they are rooted here or anywhere in the world. Having Bob join our newsroom and guide this important show makes us excited and proud,” said Phil Redo, General Manager for Radio at WGBH.

Greater Boston airs Monday through Thursday at 7:00pm on WGBH 2, with Beat the Press closing out the week at 7:00pm on Fridays.


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