BOSTON, Mass. — October 30, 2015 – WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, announced today that Anthony Brooks has been selected as the station’s new Senior Political Correspondent after five years as the co-host of Radio Boston. Among his many assignments for NPR, Brooks was the senior political reporter who covered Vice President Al Gore’s campaign during the 2000 presidential election.
As Senior Political Correspondent, Brooks will report on major news surrounding the 2016 presidential election, with a particular focus on the upcoming New Hampshire primary. His reports will be featured on WBUR’s local and national radio programs including Here & Now, All Things Considered and Morning Edition as well as online at WBUR Politicker, the station’s new political website.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to have Anthony as WBUR’s new senior political correspondent,” said Sam Fleming, Director of News and Programming at WBUR. “For the past five years, he has done exemplary work as the co-host of Radio Boston. As we looked to fill this critical role in our newsroom, it became clear that Anthony was the right journalist to cover this important political moment for WBUR listeners.”
With the 2016 presidential election taking shape, WBUR was committed to finding someone with deep experience to lead its coverage of this pivotal election. As the political season has intensified, managers recognized that the best candidate to fill this demanding position happened to already work for WBUR.
“I have loved co-hosting Radio Boston.” said Brooks. “I am extremely proud of the work we have done on the program, and I will miss the talented, hard-working and generous team there. But returning to the field to become WBUR’s Senior Political Correspondent represents an irresistible opportunity for me. ”
Brooks has more than 30 years of experience in public radio. Prior to co-hosting Radio Boston, he worked as a Boston-based reporter for NPR, covering regional issues across New England, including politics, the economy, education, criminal justice and urban affairs. Throughout the 2000 presidential election, Brooks was one of NPR’s lead reporters, covering the campaign from the early primaries through the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore ruling. His reports have been heard for many years on both WBUR and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.
Brooks will continue to be a fill-in host as needed for Radio Boston, On Point and Here & Now, all produced by WBUR. Meghna Chakrabarti will continue to host Radio Boston weekdays at 3 pm. She will be joined by rotating guest hosts until a permanent replacement is announced.
For more information on WBUR Politicker and Radio Boston, visit http://www.wbur.org.
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