Broadcast Journalist Ted O’Brien Named to Boston University’s Development Staff
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(Boston, Mass.) — Ted O’Brien, one of Boston’s best-known broadcasters for nearly 30 years, has been appointed a major gift officer covering the New England region for Boston University. The announcement by Dr. Christopher Reaske, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, marks a transition in O’Brien’s career as a fixture in Boston media and his current role as WBUR 90.9 FM midday news anchor, as well as director of BU programming and host of the station’s “Boston University’s World of Ideas” program.
“We are very pleased that we will have Ted on our fund-raising team, and we believe that he will bring special value to our work with alumni and friends,” said Dr. Reaske. “This is a new direction that makes great sense for Ted and for us.”
O’Brien has worked for Boston University for ten years, as founding news director and anchor of WABU-TV Channel 68 and for the last four years at WBUR-FM. “I have had the privilege of fundraising for WBUR and for numerous other nonprofits,” said O’Brien. “While I’ll certainly miss my broadcasting colleagues, I look forward to using my fundraising background, skills, and knowledge of the University in my new capacity with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.”
O’Brien began his broadcast career in Boston in 1974 as anchorman for WHDH-TV Channel 7. After a brief stint at WPIX-TV Channel 11 in New York, O’Brien returned to Boston to co-host the morning “Ted and Janet Show” on WRKO-AM with Janet Jeghelian. He was also the host of an afternoon talk show for WHDH-AM (now WEEI), and has worked independently for WGBH-TV and PBS on such programs as “Frontline,” “Nova,” and other productions.
For his work, O’Brien has received three individual Boston/New England Emmy Awards and six team Emmys. He was honored with the New York International Film Festival Silver Medal four times, and in 1995 he won an international Telly Award for documentary narration.
O’Brien holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife Susan live in Milton, Mass.
Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of nearly 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. Development and Alumni Relations coordinates fundraising and alumni services university-wide. As an independent university, BU counts on the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends each year for substantial support.
In the fiscal year ending in June 2002, gifts to BU totaled more than $90 million. These funds advance the teaching, research, and public service initiatives of the University.