Julie Mehegan Named Managing Editor Of WCVB’s ‘Chronicle’
Hearst-owned ABC affiliate WCVB Boston (DMA 9) today appointed Julie Mehegan managing editor of WCVB’s weekday Chronicle news magazine.
Mehegan’s appointment is effective at year-end when current managing editor, Nneka Nwosu Faison, takes over as the program’s executive producer. Faison is replacing current EP, Chris Stirling, when he retires after 35 years at Chronicle.
“With more than 25 years of leadership experience in local journalism as well as communications positions for the Commonwealth, Julie has a proven track-record as an outstanding writer, editor, and storyteller,” said Bill Fine, WCVB president and general manager. “Julie is an ideal addition to Chronicle’s outstanding team; in fact, she brings a unique perspective and deep appreciation for the program as the daughter of long-time anchor, Peter Mehegan. I am thrilled to have Julie be the second Mehegan to contribute to Chronicle’s continued success.”
“Julie is a talented journalist whose experience includes researching and reporting on news and feature stories, determining editorial positions on a wide array of issues from local to international topics, as well as managing press relations … all roles key to the varied responsibilities as managing editor,” said Faison. “And, Julie’s intimate knowledge of and passion for Chronicle, having watched her Dad anchor with Mary Richardson, will be evident as we continue to build on the program’s leadership position.”
“I am honored to be joining Chronicle, a program that I have enjoyed and admired for decades and which has set the gold-standard for locally-produced news magazines,” said Mehegan. “I look forward to working with Nneka, and the extraordinarily talented team at Chronicle, as we work together to innovate the program and build on its popularity, while continuing the rich tradition of New England storytelling that sets Chronicle apart.”
Before joining WCVB, Mehegan was senior communications director in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to that role, she was the deputy editorial page editor for 13 years at The Boston Herald where she planned, researched, and wrote daily editorials that represented the newspaper’s point of view on a wide range of issues, including budget and tax policy, education, healthcare, public safety, transportation, and politics.
Before The Boston Herald, Mehegan was a reporter for Lowell’s The Sun newspaper where she reported news and feature pieces for The Sun and its sister news organizations as well as covering the state legislature and executive branch as State House bureau chief.
Previously she was an editor and reporter for the Mariner Newspapers (Marshfield and Hanover) where she covered local news and features. Prior to embarking on her journalism career, Mehegan worked as a press assistant in the Governor’s Press Office during Governor William Weld’s administration.
Mehegan is a graduate of Worcester’s College of the Holy Cross, earning a B.A. in history.