Martha Little Appointed WBUR News Director

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(BOSTON)–In a move designed to bolster the newsworthiness and destination appeal of its web site, current WBUR News Director John Davidow will assume the executive editor position at, while NPR veteran Martha C. Little was named to succeed Davidow, announced Paul A. La Camera, general manager of WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station.

“This shift reflects our commitment to delivering topical, high quality online news coverage while maintaining the award-winning news programming that our listeners have come to expect,” said La Camera. “Our objective is to offer immediacy to the online audience but with the substance and context that are the hallmarks of NPR and WBUR. We’re confident that the leadership we’ve installed will achieve those goals.”

Little, who joins WBUR on September 1, served as senior supervisory editor for NPR’s now-concluded, one-hour national midday news magazine, “Day to Day.” Prior to Los Angeles-based “Day to Day,” the two-time Peabody Award winner was senior news editor at public radio programming producer American Public Media for five years, and commentary editor for two years at Marketplace Productions, the producer of “Marketplace,” public radio’s only national series about business, the global economy and finance.

Davidow is an award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 20 years of local, national and international news and news management experience. Since joining the station in 2003, he has led WBUR in winning numerous first-place Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI) and Associated Press awards in 2007, a first-place PRNDI award and three national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2006, the Regional AP award for “News Station of the Year” in 2005 and 2004, and Regional Radio & TV News Directors Association awards for “Overall Excellence,” “Feature Reporting,” and “Regional Broadcast-Affiliated Website Winner” in 2005.

“The site in undergoing a major internal and external redesign to allow instantaneous uploading, ensuring that our online news is as current as possible and engages the viewer,” said Davidow, who has already assumed his new position. “We’re also outfitting our staff with the tools, whether it’s flip cameras or laptops, to enable them to immediately deliver a local news event’s text and images, in addition to reporting the latest national and world news — including live coverage — enriched with the in-depth analysis for which we are known.”

About WBUR:
One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR, 90.9 FM, 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,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” and “Car Talk.”