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WGBH News and The Boston Globe to Host Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate on October 21st

WGBH News and The Boston Globe to broadcast and stream first one-on-one conversation with Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker, moderated by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan

BOSTON, Mass. (October 16, 2014) – On October 21st, WGBH News and The Boston Globe will broadcast the first one-on-one debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. The debate, which will take place from 7:00-8:00 pm, will be moderated by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, hosts of 89.7 WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, and will also include questions on key issues posed by Boston Globe reporters. Eagan is also a columnist for Crux, the Boston Globe Media site covering all things Catholic.

The debate will be broadcast live on WGBH 2 and 89.7 WGBH, as well as live-streamed on and WGBH’s sister stations WGBY-TV in Springfield and WCAI-FM for the Cape and Islands will simulcast the debate. Audiences can follow coverage on Twitter from @WGBHNews and @BostonGlobe using the hashtag #MAGov14.

“We are proud to host the first one-on-one debate and believe it will provide a unique insight into the positions of the two leading candidates,” said WGBH News managing editor Linda Polach. “It is important that all citizens learn as much as possible about the candidates before casting their votes on November 4th and WGBH News and The Boston Globe are proud to provide a format conducive to that.” 

WGBH News will make the debate available for broadcast to all interested media. Additional information and logistics details are included below.

WGBH News provides comprehensive local politics coverage across television, radio and online and is committed to sharing substantive reporting on the issues and candidates running for governor. During the preliminary campaign, WGBH News reporters, along with its podcast series, The Scrum, followed issues ranging from political advertising and endorsements to the casino ballot question and immigration reform. Shortly after the primary, also brought on politics experts from the blog MassPoliticsProfs, adding unique political science expertise from local universities to the digital newsroom’s politics coverage.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe is the largest news organization in New England and the largest news organization covering the 2014 elections. The Globe’s weekly political section, Capital, published in print and on every Friday, features in-depth election coverage and weekly polls on the gubernatorial race, ballot questions, and other issues critical to Massachusetts voters. The Globe’s veteran political team covering the elections has decades of experience reporting on Massachusetts politics.

2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate presented by WGBH News and The Boston Globe

Attorney General Martha Coakley, candidate
Charlie Baker, candidate
Jim Braude, co-host of WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, Moderator
Margery Eagan, co-host of WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, Moderator

October 21st, 7:00-8:00PM 

WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton, Mass. (Directions)
Parking available in adjacent Guest Street Garage (Parking Information)

All media planning to cover the debate must contact WGBH Media Relations by 3pm on Friday, October 17. Email Colleen Flynn ( with name, organization and any technical needs. Media will have access to Internet during the debate.

Space for satellite trucks will be available in the WGBH visitor parking lot and must be reserved in advance. Access will NOT be permitted to any station that has not pre-registered. Satellite trucks may not arrive before 10am on October 21 and must be in place by 3pm.

To reserve a space and confirm arrival time, contact WGBH Production
Services Ed Chuk ( by 3pm on October 17.
The Boston Globe will provide pool photos shortly after the start of the debate. No additional still or video photography is permitted in the studio or atrium before or during broadcast.

To request pool photos, please contact Devon Lerose at or 617-929-3173. Requests must be made by 3pm on October 17; please include contact name, contact phone and contact email of where the photos should be sent. 

WGBH News will make the television and radio broadcasts of the debate available for free to interested media. All outlets that take the stream to broadcast excerpts from the debate must credit WGBH News. 

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WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. Find more information at

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Crux website launches, will cover all things Catholic

Boston (Sept. 2, 2014) – Boston Globe Media Partners today launched a new website exploring news and issues of the Catholic Church, faith, spirituality and Catholic lifestyle, called Crux. The free, standalone site is at

Crux provides national and international news and analysis of the Catholic Church and the practice of Catholicism, with a focus on how news from the Vatican and the words and actions of Pope Francis affect Catholics worldwide. Its content will appeal to a broad swath of people: active Catholics who regularly follow religious news, “casual” Catholics who may not be regular Mass attendees, those who are simply interested in the dynamic and popular Pope Francis, and readers of all faiths who are eager to explore spirituality in general.

“Now is as good a time as I’ve ever seen to launch a site like this,” said Globe Editor Brian McGrory. “The pope is a champion of inclusiveness, openness and social justice, and he has reignited interest in the Catholic faith and faith in general.”

Teresa Hanafin, a 29-year veteran of the Globe, will be the editor of Crux.

“We are going to explore traditional Catholic life within the context of modern day Catholicism, as well as give full voice to disagreements and challenges within the Church,” she said. 

The reporters at Crux will approach coverage from a journalistic point of view, rather than one of advocacy or evangelism. Readers can expect to see contentious topics discussed, including abortion, gay marriage and the role of women in the church.

John L. Allen Jr., considered the premier Vatican reporter in the country, if not the world, will serve as associate editor for Crux. He is also the senior Vatican analyst for CNN and has written nine books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs. He will continue his regular Sunday column, “All Things Catholic,” for the print edition of the Globe.

Crux will also feature lighter fare, including quizzes, travel coverage and recipes. A column called “OMG,” for example, written by New York magazine writer Lisa Miller, will offer advice on readers’ ethical and moral dilemmas. The site will regularly feature contributions from leading religious voices, as well as contributions from readers, who will be invited to submit essays on weekly topics.

“Crux is not just about the Church, but about life and faith,” said David Skok, Boston Globe Digital Adviser. “Our goal is to make the site as inclusive as possible. It is journalistic above all else, so we are not coming at this with any ideological bent.”

Margery Eagan, formerly of the Boston Herald, joins Crux as spirituality columnist. She will explore issues of spirituality, contemplation and devotion, drawing on her personal experience with faith, as well as that of other Catholics and those of various religious traditions.

Inés San Martín, a journalist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, joins the staff as the on-the-ground reporter in Rome, covering the day-to-day news and events at the Vatican. National reporter Michael J. O’Loughlin will focus on the role of the Catholic Church in everyday American life. 

Crux is Boston Globe Media’s second standalone “vertical” website. Its first,, launched in 2013 and covers technology and innovation. The Globe is actively exploring other verticals for the future.

Farah Stockman awarded Pulliam Fellowship


BOSTON (August 18, 2014) Farah Stockman, an editorial writer and Op-Ed page columnist for the Boston Globe, received the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, the Society for Professional Journalists announced Monday.

The $75,000 fellowship is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding editorial writer or columnist and to “help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world.” The award is given by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational arm of the SPJ.

"This is a wonderful honor for Farah Stockman. Boston readers have long appreciated her dogged reporting and vivid, insightful analysis,” Peter Canellos, editor of the Boston Globe’s editorial page, said. “This fellowship will enable her to apply her talents to the question of how schools — and societies — should teach about past racial strife, whether in Boston, the American South, Africa, the Balkans, or other countries of the world." 

Stockman, who is traveling in Africa, told the selection committee she intends to explore race relations in Boston and beyond, analyzing the impact of court-ordered busing in the Boston Public Schools over the last 40 years in order to prompt a nationwide conversation. “I believe the lessons of the past need to be explored, so we can chart a better future,” Stockman wrote in her fellowship application.

Stockman lived in Kenya and Tanzania after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College, and wrote as a freelancer for the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the Christian Science Monitor. She was the Globe’s chief foreign policy reporter in Washington, D.C., for seven years. She has won numerous awards, including the Scripps Howard Foundation national journalism award.

The panel of judges noted that Stockman’s application stood out because she is focused on proposing solutions for communities beyond Boston. The panel included Todd Gillman, committee chairman, former Sigma Delta Chi president and Washington Bureau Chief for The Dallas Morning News; Fred Brown, a former SPJ president and longtime Denver Post columnist; Sandra Shea, the editorial page editor for the Philadelphia Daily News and 2012 Pulliam Fellow; and Hugh Bailey, a Connecticut Post columnist and 2013 Pulliam Fellow.

More information can be found here.

About the Society of Professional Journalists

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information on SPJ, please visit


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Margery Eagan named spirituality columnist for Crux

BOSTON (July 30, 2014) – Margery Eagan, a well-known Boston columnist and radio talk show host, will become the spirituality columnist for Crux, a website devoted to Catholicism being launched by  Boston Globe Media Partners in early September.

Eagan has been a columnist at the Boston Herald since the early 1980s, interrupted by a stint as a senior writer at Boston Magazine. She will continue to co-host “Boston Public Radio,” a daily current events talk show, with Jim Braude on WGBH Radio (89.7 FM).

In her column for Crux, Eagan will explore issues of spirituality, contemplation, and devotion, drawing on her personal experience with her Catholic faith, as well as that of other Catholics and those of various religious traditions.

“Margery has had a longstanding fascination with issues around spirituality and has spent no small part of her adult life exploring deep issues involving her Catholic faith,” said Globe editor Brian McGrory. “We couldn’t be more delighted to add her smart, engaging voice to our strong roster of reporters and columnists that will be the backbone of this new site.”

Crux will be a standalone website that covers the institution of the church, with particular focus on how the words and actions of Pope Francis affect Catholics worldwide. It will delve into the practices and challenges of living a Catholic life, and publish the wide-ranging thoughts and opinions of Catholics and others. It will be found at Readers can follow Crux on Twitter, @Crux, and Facebook,

Teresa Hanafin, editor of the new site, said Eagan’s exploration of her own spirituality through retreats and extensive reading will add a valuable dimension to Crux. “There are many, many Catholics who engage in a very deep, spiritual examination of their faith and their personal relationship with God,” Hanafin said. “Margery is of that world. She understands it, she experiences it, and now she will discuss it with the readers of Crux.”

A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Eagan received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University. She has written for the Fall River Herald News, the New Bedford Standard Times, the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, Boston Magazine, and the Globe. She has appeared on CNN and Fox News, and is a regular panelist on “Beat the Press,” a media criticism show that is part of the “Greater Boston” public affairs show on WGBH television.


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Staff for Globe Catholic site announced

BOSTON (July 8, 2014) - Teresa Hanafin, the editor of the Boston Globe’s new standalone website dedicated to Catholicism, which is expected to launch by early September, announced her new team today.

“As you know, we hired John L. Allen Jr., the premier Vatican reporter in the country, if not the world, earlier this year from the National Catholic Reporter. His insightful reporting and analysis will be supplemented by on-the-ground event coverage by correspondent Ines San Martin, an engaging Argentinean journalist who has moved to Rome and just finished intense immersion in an Italian language course,” Hanafin said.

San Martin has a BA in social communications and journalism and a master’s degree in communication, both from Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires. She worked as a reporter and editor for Valores Religiosos, managed the international press office for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, and was the community/social media manager, content director, and graphic designer for Conta con Nosotros.

Michael O’Loughlin has been hired as the site’s national reporter. O’Loughlin has local roots and a background in religion writing. He grew up in Dracut, Massachusetts, and graduated from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and Yale Divinity School. He has written for AmericaNational Catholic Reporter, Foreign Policy, The Advocate, and the Religion News Service, and is writing a book on the Catholic Church and millennials, to be published by Paulist Press in the fall of 2015. He has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC.

Christina Reinwald, a 2013 Emerson graduate who has worked at and for three years, has been hired as web producer. Reinwald has written for and produced the online Business section, and has played a key role in social media efforts for both and 

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