Phil Balboni is being honored today for his work in television, including his groundbreaking work as the Founder of NECN/New England Cable News, the nation’s largest and most honored regional news network where he was president for 16 years. Today, he is the President, CEO, and Founder of another groundbreaking venture – GlobalPost, an online international news organization based in Boston.
Phil is one of the country’s leading journalism entrepreneurs and during his career has been the direct or leadership recipient of nearly every major award in American journalism including multiple Peabody, duPont-Columbia, Edward R .Murrow, and Emmy awards.
Previously, Phil served as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of the Hearst Corporation in New York City; and as Vice President and News Director in Boston at WCVB-TV, where he conceived and launched in 1982 the nightly newsmagazine “Chronicle,” which is one of the most successful local television programs in American history. Phil began his journalism career in 1967 as a general assignment reporter for The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch and then moved to United Press International where he was a correspondent and editor in the Boston bureau.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College, attended the Sorbonne in Paris, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Advanced International Reporting at Columbia Journalism School. He is a member of the Board of Visitors and its Executive Committee at the Columbia Journalism School, a member of the Advisory Board of the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Trustee and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Museum of World War II which houses the largest collection of WW II historical objects in the world.