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Former WBZ-TV News Director and Former Partners Health Care Chief of Staff Peter Brown Succeeds Don Kelley as President of Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame
Peter Brown, former longtime News Director at Boston’s WBZ-TV, Channel 4, and former Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, is the new President of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Brown is the organization’s third president. He succeeds Don Kelley, who served as Hall of Fame President for two years and is the former 22-year Vice President of Programming at Magic 106.7 FM in Boston.
Brown is the founder and principal of the strategy communications consultancy, Peter Brown Communications of Boston. He is a senior executive with vast experience in broadcast journalism, communications/brand strategy, internal and external communications, crisis communications, C-suite management and leadership, media and public speaking training.
Brown spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism. He started his career in radio news in 1977 and transitioned to television in 1978. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1979, Brown worked as a broadcast producer at television stations in Providence (WJAR-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV) and Boston (WBZ-TV), where he was News Director from 1993-2004, leading a staff or more than 125 journalists. During Brown’s television news career, he was honored with numerous awards from the Associated Press and United Press International. He received an Emmy Award, a Best of Boston Award as Best News Director from Boston Magazine and several distinguished accolades from the Radio/Television News Directors Association. In 2000, he and his WBZ-TV news team were acknowledged with the highest award given to any television station, the Edward R. Murrow Award for best local news station in America.
In his previous position at Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest private employer with more than 65,000 employees, he worked directly with the CEO and senior leadership of the organization to advance the mission of the health care system. Among his responsibilities, Brown oversaw external affairs for Partners, which includes Community Health, Government Affairs, Public Affairs and Communication and Development. Prior to this role, Brown was Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communication for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.