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Who We Are


We are a trusted source of content that promotes educational equity, delights its audiences, and inspires everyone to engage with the world around them.
Our Mission

Inspiring Possibility

"WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives."

That mission continually drives us to develop robust programs and resources for the public.

We’re supporting vulnerable learners through K-12 initiatives that inspire curiosity and creative thinking. We're a trusted news organization that is driven by facts rather than factions. We're promoting science literacy so that people can make informed decisions about our changing world. We're championing the arts and giving the public access to both the greatest performers and emerging talent. And we're constantly innovating to ensure that our services are available and relevant to all.

Serving the public interest drives everything that we do, and every commitment that we make is to promote knowledge so that everyone can appreciate and engage with the world around them.

WGBH makes a commitment to:

  • Foster an informed and active citizenry
  • Make knowledge and the creative life of the arts, sciences, and humanities available to the widest possible public
  • Reflect the diversity of our audience, inviting a sense of inclusion and a better understanding of each other
  • Improve, for all people, access to public media
  • Be a trusted partner to parents and educators, providing programs and services that promote the healthy development of children
  • Serve the individual not just as a spectator but as a participant, able and willing to learn new skills through our programs and services

WGBH has been committed to all audiences for more than 65 years, telling untold stories and serving the underserved in ways unmatched by any media organization. As a leader in public media, we live our mission to expand civic engagement, thoughtful discourse, and the knowledge we all need to embrace and shape the future.
Jonathan C. Abbott, President and CEO of WGBH
Leadership

To reach any member of our senior management team, please call our main number at 617-300-2000 and use our voice-activated or dial-by-name directory.

Our Boards
The WGBH Board of Trustees is the legally constituted governing body of WGBH. It is responsible for all governance including fiscal oversight, FCC compliance, policy decisions, and advancing the mission of the WGBH Educational Foundation.
WGBH Board of Trustees
Richard M. Burnes, Jr.
Chair, WGBH Board of Trustees
Co-founder and General Partner, Charles River Ventures
Henry P. Becton, Jr.
Vice Chair, WGBH Board of Trustees
Lynn Bay Dayton
Vice Chair, WGBH Board of Trustees
Owner, Dayton Home
Ann M. Fudge
Vice Chair, WGBH Board of Trustees
Former CEO, Young & Rubicam
Marjie Kargman
Vice Chair, WGBH Board of Trustees
Jonathan C. Abbott
President and CEO, WGBH Educational Foundation
Amy Abrams
Marcia W. Blenko
Chair, Board of Overseers
Advisory Partner, Bain & Company
Pam Y. Eddinger
President, Bunker Hill Community College
Juan Enriquez
Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
Grace K. Fey
President, Grace Fey Advisors
Benjamin A. Gomez
Managing Director, Pilot House Associates
Susan B. Kaplan
President, Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Inc.
Ann R. Klee
Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, GE
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Paul W. Lee
Of Counsel, Goodwin Procter, LLP
William A. Lowell
Partner, Choate, Hall & Stewart
Richard K. Lubin
Managing Director, Berkshire Partners, LLC
Christopher J. McKown
Executive Chairman, Iora Health, LLC
Cathy E. Minehan
Managing Director, Arlington Advisory Partners
Martha L. Minow
Professor, Harvard Law School
Anthony P. Monaco*
President, Tufts University
Paul R. Murphy
Retired Legal and Administrative Counsel, Amherst College
M. Lee Pelton*
President, Emerson College
Melinda Alliker Rabb
Professor, Brown University
Jeffrey F. Rayport
Faculty, Harvard Business School
L. Rafael Reif*
President, MIT
Cynthia L. Strauss
Chair, Ralph Lowell Society Committee
William N. Thorndike, Jr.
Managing General Partner, Housatonic Partners
Stephen K. Wagner
Retired Senior Advisor, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Hans Ziegler
Retired Senior Managing Director, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Established in 1978 by the WGBH Board of Trustees, the WGBH Community Advisory Board is one of the oldest and most active public broadcasting community advisory boards in the nation, and reflects the tremendous value WGBH places on the needs and interests of our community.

WGBH Community Advisory Board members come from a broad cross-section of WGBH’s viewers, listeners, and web visitors. Although Community Advisory Board members play a solely advisory role, their valuable recommendations strengthen WGBH’s service to our community.
2017-2018 WGBH Community Advisory Board
Christine Capota
Co-Chair
Joseph McConnell
Co-Chair
Sandra Alvarado
Mary Anthony
Steve Belec
Anne Bailey Berman
Fatima Breton
Colin (Topper) Carew
Jack Cheng
Danielle DeLuca
R. Cheis Garrus
Beau Kenyon
Patricia Knight
Dianne Luby
Michelle Miller-Groves
Michael Moriarty
Rebecca Pries
Sasha Purpura
M. Allison Reilly
Laura Rippy
Sara Sadownik
Camara Samuel
Hernan Santana
Kirsten Sims
Jeanie Tietjen
Ralph Wales
Overseers are elected by the WGBH Trustees and serve as Ambassadors for WGBH contributing time, ideas, and resources to support services provided by WGBH to the community and the world through its many different platforms. Overseers serve on many committees along with Trustees, offering insights and perspectives on issues facing the organization.
WGBH Board of Overseers
Marcia W. Blenko
Chair
Kirstan Barnett
Red Barrett
Aaron Bates
Anita Bekenstein
Laura Cabot Carrigan
Janelle Chan
Francis Chin
Chris Coburn
Philip Condon
Stacy Cowan
Elizabeth Coxe
Sally Currier
Jeffrey S. Dover, MD
Mike Fanning
Ken Gabriel
Steven J. S. Glick
Winston Henderson
Renee Inomata
Laura A. Johnson
Karen Kaufman
Arthur Krieg
Karen Levy
Johanna Longnecker
Susan Luo
Diana Markowitz
Rodrigo Martinez
Michael McCaskey
Lisa McDonough
Elizabeth Morningstar
Caroline Mortimer
Holly Muson
Alex Panas
Jonathan Poorvu
Pamela G. Remis
Brian Renstrom
Gloria Rose
Ralph Sheridan
Geoffrey Stein
Tanisha Sullivan
Jason Talbot
Bina Thompson
Ravi Vijayaraghavan
Donald Ware
David Weisner
Geoffrey Why

Meetings of the WGBH Board of Trustees and the WGBH Community Advisory Board are open to the public. WGBH Board of Trustees meetings generally begin with brief closed sessions. Certain committee meetings listed below, including Audit, Finance, and Investment, are generally closed as they address confidential issues. To ensure that we have space for all that want to attend, we ask that members of the public who are interested in coming to a meeting phone us at (617) 300-3603 within the five days prior to a specific meeting. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Cahners or Reno Conference Rooms at WGBH, One Guest Street, Boston, Mass. Meetings commence promptly at their noted start times.

WGBH Board and Committee Meetings Schedule

2017 - 2018
All meetings in Cahners or Reno Conference Rooms at WGBH unless otherwise noted.

Board of Trustees
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4pm
Friday, March 24, 2017, 9am (special meeting via conference call)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 4pm
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 4pm
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 4pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 4pm

Trustee Executive Committee
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 4pm CANCELED
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4pm CANCELED
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 4pm (John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, Mass. 02116)
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4pm CANCELED
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4pm
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 4pm
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4pm

Board of Overseers
Thursday, November8, 2018, 5pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5pm
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 5pm

Audit Committee
Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 4pm
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 4pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 4pm
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4pm
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 4pm
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4pm
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 4pm
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 2pm
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 4pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 2pm
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 4pm

Campaign Steering Committee
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 1pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 8am (conference call)
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 3pm
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 4pm
Monday, September 25, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 4pm
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 4pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 4pm CANCELED
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 4pm

Committee on Trustees
Friday, January 13, 2017, 10:30am
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 4pm
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 12pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 3pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10:30am
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 12pm
Monday, April 30, 2018, 4pm
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3pm
Friday, November 16, 2018, 1pm
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 2pm
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 2pm

Compensation Committee
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 1pm
Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 11am
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1pm
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 2pm
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 9am
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 3pm

Finance Committee
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4pm
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 4pm
Monday, November 20, 2017, 4pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4pm
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4pm
Monday, October 1, 2018, 10am (conference call)
Monday, November 26, 2018, 4pm
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4pm
Monday, May 13, 2019, 4pm

Investment Committee
Meetings are held at the offices of Cambridge Associates, 125 High St, Boston, Mass. 02110
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 12pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12pm
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 12pm
Friday, September 29, 2017, 1pm
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 12pm
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 12pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12pm CANCELED
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 12pm
Friday, September 7, 2018, 12pm
Friday, November 2, 2018, 12pm
Friday, February 8, 2019, 12pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12pm

Marketing and Communications Committee
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 8:30am
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8:30am CANCELED
Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 12pm

Overseers Nominating Committee
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 4pm (conference call)
Monday, September 18, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 4pm
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 4pm
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4pm
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4pm (conference call)
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 4pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 4pm
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4pm
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 4pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 4pm (conference call)

Overseers Programming Committee
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 1pm
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 1pm
Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:30pm (conference call)
Monday, July 17, 2017, 4pm

Emerging Media & Technologies Committee
Friday, March 21, 2017, 4pm
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 4pm
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 3pm

More information on closed meetings

WGBH Community Advisory Board

The WGBH Community Advisory Board holds business meetings five months of the year. They are open to the public, beginning at 5:30pm. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Cahners Room at WGBH, One Guest Street, Boston, Mass. Please address any questions to 617-300-2506.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, January 11, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Monday, January 9, 2017 (at the Boston Public Library)
Monday, March 13, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
Monday, May 2, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, January 29, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Monday, January 28, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019

Impact
Enriching lives through learning

At WGBH, we believe that all citizens deserve access to knowledge. That’s why we create trusted programs and services that are freely available to all.

Because we all need a strong educational foundation to make informed decisions and engage with our communities, we've spent decades creating rich and varied avenues for lifelong learning that everyone can access.

Our accurate, in-depth news programs shed light on our community, our world, and the challenges we all face, bringing stories to light that help us make sense of our circumstances and push us to reconsider what we thought we knew.

We make it possible for viewers and listeners in New England and around the globe to enjoy world-class live performances in person, on screen and online, because everyone deserves to experience the creative arts up close.

As the nation’s most trusted source for kids’ programming, we create content that enriches, educates and inspires all children. Millions of teachers and students have access to our free digital learning resources, benefiting disadvantaged students the most.

While our children's programs support marginalized learners and promote literacy and math skills, our robust science, documentary and history programs give the public the information they need to better understand themselves, their communities, and the world.

WGBH forges connections through the stories we tell, because when people have access to a fuller story about their past and present, they can approach the future with clear eyes and open hearts.

WGBH  Ready to Learn
WGBH conducts coding workshops for families, thanks to funding from a Ready To Learn grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. Anna Fort/WGBH
Awards
Our Awards

WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors over the years — Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, even two Academy Awards and a special Peabody citing WGBH’s 50 years of service to the community, the nation, and the world. Our most recent honors are a testament to your tremendous support. Take a bow; we couldn't do it without you!

WGBH Digital Bobbi Gibb
Affiliate Organizations
The full story needs a full team

Knowledge belongs to everyone, and we make sure that all citizens have access to it. For decades, WGBH has been filling knowledge gaps in our society and fostering a love of learning.

But we aren’t doing it alone.

By partnering with local and national organizations, we provide our audiences with direct access to the stories that enrich their world. Our contributions to NPR, PBS, and PRI bring award-winning journalism to the widest possible audience, while our partnerships with NECIR and the GroundTruth Project allow us to capture the stories that matter to local communities. These partnerships ensure that no matter where the story is, we have the collective knowledge and passion to bring it to our audiences in its fullest form.

Crossing the Divide fellow Rachel Cramer reports in the field.
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