WBUR announces newsroom changes

By Ben Mook

Boston NPR station WBUR announced May 10 two leadership changes in its newsroom.

Richard Chacón will fill the newly created position of executive director of news content, while Tom Melville has moved to news director from the role of executive editor of content.

Chacón was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an Ethics Fellow at The Poynter Institute. He will start at WBUR June 10.

Prior to joining WBUR in 2011, Melville was news director at New England Cable News. Melville changed roles May 10.

“As the media landscape continues to evolve, WBUR is thrilled to have a team in place that will serve our on-air and online audiences with distinction,” said Charlie Kravetz, general manager, WBUR, in a statement. “Tom’s promotion to news director is well deserved, and he’ll continue the important work of overseeing all of WBUR’s local radio news coverage in this role. And I’m delighted to welcome Richard to this newly created position at WBUR, where his extensive journalistic background and leadership experience will help shape and guide our multi-platform newsroom of the future.”

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