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March 9, 2015

Jim Braude Debuts Tonight as Host of WGBH TV’s Greater Boston

New host moderates first televised sit-down with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo

BOSTON, Mass. (March 9, 2015) – Starting tonight, Monday, March 9th, Jim Braude takes over as the new host and executive editor of WGBH’s Greater Boston, airing at 7pm on WGBH 2.

Braude’s debut show will feature the first televised joint interview with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The show also will feature an interview with Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist on Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, and a discussion panel featuring Braude’s radio co-host Margery Eagan, state Representative Keiko Orrall (12th Bristol district) and former state treasurer Shannon O’Brien.

Greater Boston will maintain its cast of signature commentators, analysts and reporters, including Emily Rooney, Adam Reilly and Jared Bowen. The show also will add a variety of new voices and discussion formats to the broadcast. Combined with in-depth reporting and analysis, Greater Boston will offer more insight into life in the Boston community than is available anywhere else on local television.

“I am excited to host Greater Boston and join a team that has had its finger on the pulse of Boston for years. We will continue delivering real, personal conversations – and lots of new ones – with the people who bring this city to life,” said Braude, host of WGBH’s Greater Boston. “We’ll be bringing local lawmakers, experts and entrepreneurs around the same table to discuss what matters to Bostonians, ask tough questions and have some fun. Our goal is that WGBH viewers will have a local news program that discusses not only what happened, but why it happened.”

“WGBH is thrilled to have Jim Braude build on the success that Emily Rooney developed over nearly two decades with Greater Boston. I am eager to see the entire Greater Boston team continue to work with our fast-growing local newsroom to connect everyday with the region, ask new questions, and reveal perspectives from local thought leaders. This ambitious effort can only be found on public media and is made possible by public support of our work,” said Phil Redo, general manager, WGBH News.

Greater Boston viewers are encouraged to join the show’s new, dynamic conversations online by sending comments and ideas via email to greaterboston@wgbh.org and sharing their opinions on Facebook and on Twitter @GreaterBoston.

Greater Boston is part of WGBH News, a multi-platform newsroom that includes radio, television and digital reporting. WGBH News continues to invest in quality, substantive local coverage. In recent years, WGBH News forged unique partnerships with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and the GroundTruth Project, launched a yearlong series examining the disappearance of the middle class and launched a regular podcast, The Scrum, that gives an insider’s look at politics from Beacon Hill to the Beltway. WGBH News has been honored with a number of prestigious journalism awards, including Edward R. Murrow Awards, AP Awards and the top honor from the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism for the weekly TV series, Beat the Press.

Braude will continue to co-host Boston Public Radio on 89.7 WGBH Radio with Margery Eagan. The top-rated midday radio program airs weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About WGBH

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, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB; 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.

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