(Boston) — Respected broadcast professional Paul A. La Camera, a 33-year veteran of Boston’s WCVB-TV, today was appointed general manager of WBUR-FM, the award-winning National Public Radio station owned and operated by Boston University (BU).
Selected after a five-month search, La Camera, a Boston native and BU alumnus, takes over on October 3 from BU Vice President Peter Fiedler, who has served as interim GM since last October.
“Our search committee selected Paul based on his professional track record, his overriding commitment to editorial quality, and the fact that he has the reputation and credibility which will enable him to reach out to audiences and underwriters who are important to the station’s future,” said Boston University President Robert A. Brown.
“He started his career as a journalist and went on to help build WCVB-TV into an award-winning and leading broadcast outlet on the basis of outstanding programming and commitment to the community. We’re delighted to bring that type of experience and leadership to the station.”
Said La Camera, “I’m stepping into a great public radio station that has an outstanding and respected staff. I am keenly aware of the station’s heritage and the bond it has with its listeners, and I intend to honor that. I also know that I share a passion with the people who work at WBUR – covering issues of substance and consequence – and as general manager, I am going to make that our continuing and overriding goal.
“I have had the great privilege to serve a station of the pre-eminence of WCVB and an owner of the stature and distinction of The Hearst Corporation. I now look forward to joining WBUR and Boston University with that same enthusiasm and pride.”
La Camera stressed that he is going to spend a great deal of his time at the outset listening and finding ways to support the station’s most important constituencies: Its listeners and employees, and the Greater Boston area.
“Our job is to make the station, its diverse editorial content, and its presence in the community stronger,” he added.
The search committee, chaired by Peter Fiedler, began its work in April and included:
• Peter Fiedler, VP-Administrative Services, Boston University, & Acting General Manager, WBUR-FM
• Sam Fleming, Director of News & Programming, WBUR-FM
• Robert R. Oakes, Assistant News Director/Anchor, WBUR-FM
• John Imbergamo, Associate VP-Finance, Boston University
• Tobe Berkovitz, Associate Dean, BU College of Communication
• Anne Donohue, Associate Professor-Journalism, BU College of Communication
• Katherine Kennedy, Director, Howard Thurman Center, Boston University
The group also retained Korn/Ferry International, a leader in executive recruitment, to support the search process, and they interviewed a number of outstanding candidates.
“Paul La Camera is one of the most respected leaders in Boston,” said Tobe Berkovitz, associate dean, BU College of Communication. “He brings decades of experience in quality journalism and programming to WBUR. After reviewing dozens of resumes, Paul was the unanimous choice to continue the station’s leadership in delivering innovative and thought-provoking programming. At a time when the media is at a crossroads, Paul has the vision to ensure that WBUR remains Boston’s quality source for news and information.”
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Until this month, La Camera was president and general manager of WCVB-TV, a post he assumed in February 1994. Prior to that, he served as vice president and station manager of the Boston ABC Network affiliate. Before joining WCVB, he was the director of communications for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and worked as a reporter for the Boston Record American and Sunday Advertiser.
He attended The College of the Holy Cross and went on to earn three Master’s degrees including a Masters in Journalism and Urban Studies from Boston University.
He is also deeply involved in local charities such as Catholic Charities, the Boston Public Library Foundation and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay.
He and his wife, Mimi, who is president of the Freedom Trail Foundation, reside in Boston, and they have three adult sons.
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One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts a selection of BBC programs and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “On Point,” “Only a Game,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, and was named the Associated Press News Station of the year for 2004.