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regional version of CNN, the first and only local 24-hour news chan- nel available at the time. My goal was to capture the sensibility of public radio on cable news," explains Kravetz. He understood that consumer habits for getting their news were changing and as presi- dent and general manager during his last years at the network, NECN grew to be the largest regional all-news channel in America, reaching 3.7 million homes in all six New England states. NECN was the only regional cable news channel ever to win the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Broadcast Journalism Award, the highest honors in the television news industry. Kravetz joined NECN after a 12-year tenure at WCVB, Channel 5. He describes his decade at WCVB as, "Extraordinary years at the best commercial TV station in America at the time." He joined WCVB in 1980 and held several positions including assistant news director, senior executive producer of news programming, and the original producer and later executive producer of Chronicle, WCVB's Emmy-winning news magazine. Thirty-four years after the show's inception, it is still on the air. A fantastic accomplishment that Kravetz calls, "a little miracle," in the ever-evolving world of TV and certainly a nod to his astute sense of what consumers want. It's easy to overlook the humble beginnings and circuitous paths of industry leaders. Kravetz's jobs have not always been glamorous ones. He graduated from University of Rochester magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in sociology and from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with an advanced degree in theater during an era when, as he explains, "Those who fashioned themselves liberally educated human beings considered plotting out a career path the equivalent of selling out." Fresh out of graduate school, Kravetz wanted to act. So, he took a day job as a courier for a Boston law firm and performed at night 66 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 an interview with charles kravetz

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