WBUR hires Margaret Low as CEO

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Former NPR executive Margaret Low will lead WBUR in Boston, the station announced Monday.

Low comes to WBUR from The Atlantic, where she was president of the company’s events branch, AtlanticLIVE. She replaces Charles Kravetz, who resigned in June.

Low begins in the role Jan. 13.

Paul Gannon, chair of the search committee and WBUR’s board of directors, said in a press release that Low’s “ability to drive results at The Atlantic plus her extensive journalism and management experience in public media” made her an ideal fit to lead WBUR.

“Under Margaret’s leadership, WBUR will further enhance its service to the community as a multimedia organization with a powerful presence on-air, online, on-demand and on-stage,” Gannon said in the release.

Before joining The Atlantic in 2014, Low spent more than three decades at NPR, with the last three years as NPR’s SVP of news.

“WBUR is a beacon of excellence in the public radio system,” Low said in the release. “With local journalism facing immense challenges, the strength of its programming and news coverage has never been more important. This is an extraordinary opportunity and I can’t wait to work with my new colleagues to make WBUR an even more vital force in Boston and beyond.”

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