BOSTON (March 17, 2020) – Boston public media producer GBH announced today an expansion of its award-winning local arts coverage, adding digital writer James Bennett II to its news team.

Bennett will produce digital content about local music, arts and culture for GBH News, and contribute on air with GBH Music’s classical and jazz services. He will build on GBH News’ strong commitment to the local arts scene, as exemplified by such programs as Open Studio hosted by Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen.

“We recognize the importance of arts and culture to the local community, with leading arts organizations breaking new ground on a regular basis.” said Pam Johnston, general manager for news at GBH. “James is an inventive and accomplished writer with deep knowledge in the arts. As part of the GBH News team he will further strengthen our robust cultural coverage.”

Bennett joins the GBH News team from New York Public Radio where he covered classical music for classical radio station WQXR and contributed to New Sounds and WNYC. Over the past four years he has interviewed some of the biggest names in the classical music and jazz genres and produced many insightful music features exploring the intersection of classical music and race. His work has also appeared in Eater and Pop-Up Magazine, among other outlets.

“Bennett’s ability to connect with music lovers through storytelling will be a tremendous asset as GBH Music reaches new classical and jazz audiences,” said Anthony Rudel, general manager of GBH Music. “His contributions to our music, pop culture and lifestyle coverage will deepen our local commitment to the arts and his fresh ideas and angles will inspire all of us.”

Bennett begins at GBH remotely on April 5 and plans to relocate from New York to Boston after Labor Day.

About GBH News
GBH News is among the fastest-growing local news providers in Greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multiplatform newsroom that includes GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The GBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for higher education, politics, innovation and investigations as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, The World from PRX and The GroundTruth Project. GBH News partners with CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, and New England Public Media in western Massachusetts to connect the Commonwealth with trusted journalism. GBH News maintains bureaus at the Massachusetts State House; Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood, and Worcester. The Forum Network, part of GBH News, collects thousands of video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers and community leaders and makes them available online to the public for free.

About GBH
GBH is the leading multiplatform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH’s local television channels include GBH 2, GBH 44 and GBH Kids. With a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR; CRB Classical 99.5; and CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station. From Boston to the Berkshires, from Worcester to the Cape and Islands, GBH is dedicated to connecting the Commonwealth through news, programming, learning tools and events. GBH has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at gbh.org.