WGBH News and Media Relations


August 9, 2017

Joe Mathieu Makes 89.7 WGBH "Morning Edition" Debut

Longtime anchor Bob Seay remains on the team as reporter, editor


BOSTON, August 9, 2017 – Veteran Boston newsman, Joe Mathieu, makes his debut on Thursday, August 10 as anchor of 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition, the public media broadcaster’s weekday radio program that offers the local take on the day’s national headlines. Mathieu, former WBZ-AM morning anchor, joined the WGBH newsroom in June to begin training and reporting. This week he will take over from longtime host Bob Seay, who will shift his focus to reporting and writing while remaining a critical member of the Morning Edition team. On Friday, Mathieu and Seay will face off on Boston Public Radio for the show’s weekly News Quiz.

"My alarm clock is set for 2:30am and I'm excited to start waking up Boston and New England as the anchor of WGBH's Morning Edition,” said Mathieu. “I’ll dig into the news made overnight and the most pressing local stories each day. We have the most experienced and fastest growing news team in the city, proving every day why WGBH Radio is Boston's local NPR."

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will join Mathieu for his inaugural show on Thursday. Mathieu kicked off his broadcast duties at WGBH in late July with a Facebook Live interview with Representative Joe Kennedy at WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library. The two discussed the latest developments in health care and the future of the Democratic party. Since joining WGBH, Mathieu has also reported on the history of the Great Blue Hill Observatory and interviewed Joe O'Donnell, a local entrepreneur who helped fund the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis after his son died of the disease.

"From a timely interview with Congressman Joe Kennedy to a local interest story about the very peak where we get our call letters, Joe Mathieu has already contributed important context and local flair to our airwaves," said Phil Redo, WGBH’s General Manager for Radio. "We look forward to that same voice greeting and informing Boston area listeners every morning as he assumes the anchor seat of Morning Edition."

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 and regularly appeared on WBZ-TV with Jon Keller. Prior to joining WBZ, Mathieu worked in Washington, DC where he served as program director of P.O.T.U.S., Sirius XM’s news and talk channel dedicated to covering US 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, DC and spent seven years as the managing editor and anchor for CBS MarketWatch. Outside of the newsroom, Mathieu is a jazz and blues guitarist and certified wine sommelier. 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 storiesplease 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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