ANTHONY BROOKS JOINS MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI AS CO-HOST OF “RADIO BOSTON” ON 90.9 WBUR

in News Releases, WBUR
January 25th, 2011

Contact: Kristen Holgerson, 617-358-2011 | kholgers@wbur.org

(Boston) – 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, announced today that veteran public radio journalist Anthony Brooks will join Meghna Chakrabarti as co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s daily news magazine examining issues, news, people and places through a distinctly Boston lens.

Brooks’ first day on Radio Boston will be Mon., Jan. 31. A long-time public radio journalist, he has more than 25 years of experience as a producer, editor, reporter, news director and host. Most recently, Brooks covered the gubernatorial and congressional races for WBUR. He previously served as news director for WRNI in Providence. Prior to that, Brooks was a Boston-based NPR reporter and fill-in host, covering regional issues across New England, including politics, criminal justice, the economy and urban affairs. At NPR, he was the lead reporter for the 2000 presidential election. From 1990-1992, Brooks was senior reporter for WBUR’s documentary unit, Inside Out, where he won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for “best domestic radio” for a series on the death penalty and DNA exonerations. His reports have been heard for many years on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

In his new role co-hosting Radio Boston with Meghna Chakrabarti, he will also serve as managing editor, collaborating with the program’s Executive Producer Mark Navin. Chakrabarti, an award-winning journalist who has hosted Radio Boston since March, is a former WBUR reporter and was producer/director of WBUR’s nationally syndicated program, On Point, from 2002-2007.

“Anthony is in the top echelon of public radio journalists across the country, and we’re excited to have him full-time at WBUR,” said Sam Fleming, managing director of news and programming, WBUR. “Pairing him with Meghna creates a richness of sound and variety for Radio Boston, as well as a formidable team. Plus, this approach enables each host to get out of the studio, and into the community, more often.”

Originally conceived in September 2007 as a weekly one-hour program, Radio Boston expanded its scope in May 2010 to Monday-Friday from 3 – 4 p.m. The program delves deep into the news of the day and broader issues percolating in the community, providing smart analysis through broad-ranging conversations and newsmaker interviews. The format also lets listeners join the conversation with calls and emails.

“As a station, we’re focused on seizing opportunities for WBUR to innovate and grow,” said Charlie Kravetz, general manager, WBUR. “Expanding the platform of Radio Boston ties into our commitment to consistently increase our programmatic offerings and better serve WBUR listeners with great storytelling, diverse voices and timely news content.”

About WBUR, 90.9 FM
WBUR, 90.9 FM and www.wbur.org, is one of the largest and most prolific public radio stations in the country. A National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR broadcasts a selection of NPR, BBC and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” “Radio Boston” and “Car Talk.” WBUR is located on the campus of Boston University, which holds the license for the public radio station.

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