January 13, 2014
Peter Kadzis Appointed Senior Editor of WGBHnews.orgFormer executive editor of Boston Phoenixexpands role in public broadcaster’s growing newsroom
BOSTON, Mass. (January 13, 2014) – Nearly 10 months to the day that the Boston Phoenix announced it would close its doors, WGBH News appointed the paper’s final executive editor as the public broadcaster’s first Senior Editor for WGBHnews.org. Peter Kadzis, most recently a contributing editor for WGBH News, has been appointed to the newly-created position and will oversee all facets of the WGBH News website.
“I am very excited to accept the challenge of leading WGBH News’ digital platform. This newsroom produces some of the best, most in-depth local content for radio and television,” Kadzis said. “WGBH has a long tradition of excellence in journalism, from national investigations by Frontline to breaking local coverage on radio and local television. As more people turn to the Web for their news, WGBHnews.org will strive to continue that storied tradition with first-rate web content that provides depth and perspective for the most important topics in our community.”
Kadzis appears on “The Scrum,” a regular web series on WGBHnews.org that covers local politics, with fellow Phoenix alumni Adam Reilly and David S. Bernstein. Throughout the 2013 Boston mayoral campaign, Kadzis offered political commentary on a number of WGBH News programs, including Boston Public Radio, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley and Greater Boston.
“Peter has already proved to be a valuable asset to our newsroom. Since joining our team as a contributing editor, we have all come to benefit from his experience, institutional history, Rolodex and engaging personality,” said WGBH News executive managing editor Linda Polach. “Through his work at the Phoenix and other publications, Peter has established himself as a strong news person with a clear understanding of new media platforms. The entire WGBH News team is excited to have the opportunity to work more closely with him as our first Senior Editor of WGBHnews.org.”
Kadzis’ reporting career began as a general assignment reporter at the Boston Globe and Providence Journal before he moved to New York to work for the Daily News and later Money Magazine and Forbes. He was an editorial advisor to the Boston Business Journal and helped found the Providence Business News. He served as editor for both publications until the company was sold.
During his time at the Phoenix, Kadzis expanded the paper’s reach with new editions in Providence, R.I. and Portland, Maine. He led the effort to integrate newspaper content into on-air feature for the Phoenix’s sister radio station WGNX 101.5 FM. He also pioneered the paper’s expansion onto the Web, making the Phoenix the nation’s first alternative newspaper to launch a dedicated website. Under his leadership of the Phoenix, the paper earned a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism.
Kadzis grew up in Dorchester and lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Susan Kelley and their sons.
WGBH News provides local depth and perspective across all electronic platforms and is one of the fastest growing local news rooms in greater Boston. The expansion of WGBHnews.org is the second major announcement for WGBH’s news department of 2014. Earlier this month, WGBH 2’s Greater Boston unveiled a new look and new tone that focuses more attentively on the stories that shape the region.
These announcements follow a year of growth in 2013 than included the addition of Jim Braude and Margery Eagan as hosts of WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, the creation of ‘On Campus’ – public radio’s first dedicated desk for the coverage of higher education, a new journalistic partnership between WGBH News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and an announcement that Innovation Hub will be nationally distributed by Public Radio International.
Largely due to WGBH News’ growth over the last three years, Boston’s two public radio stations’ – 89.7 WGBH and WBUR – combined market share makes greater Boston the second strongest market for public radio in the United States.
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 Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; 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.