Emerson alumnus and former WBZ-AM morning anchor Joe Mathieu ’96 will be the voice of WGBH’s Morning Edition starting in August, WGBH News has announced.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Joe to our rapidly growing local newsroom,” WGBH General Manager for Radio Phil Redo said in a statement. “As a talented broadcaster and outstanding journalist, he will help us take Morning Edition to the next level of high quality reporting.”
Mathieu, who was inducted into WERS 88.9 FM’s Hall of Fame in 2012, will join WGBH in June to begin training and reporting two months ahead of anchoring the program. He takes over for Morning Edition host Bob Seay, who will stay on the program’s team to focus on reporting and writing.
Mathieu has spent nearly seven years at WBZ, where he covered every major political race and the New Hampshire Primary. He was a regular guest on WBZ-TV with Jon Keller, and recently started a Facebook Live broadcast, engaging with his followers each morning before his shift.
“The opportunity to join WGBH as the host of Morning Edition is exciting for me both personally and professionally,” Mathieu said in a statement. “I have been listening to WGBH radio for my entire life. And I'm most impressed by the commitment WGBH has made to covering local news through investments and partnerships that are quite rare in today's media landscape.”
Prior to his gig at WBZ, Mathieu was Washington-based program director of P.O.T.U.S., Sirius XM’s news and talk channel devoted to U.S. politics, which he launched in 2007. He has also served as a news anchor and editor for commercial stations in D.C., and was managing editor and anchor for CBS MarketWatch.
Morning Edition offers a combination of local reporting and National Public Radio’s national journalism. It airs at 8:00 am on WGBH 89.7 FM.