Callie Crossley


Callie Crossley is an award-winning broadcast journalist, radio host, television and radio commentator, and documentary filmmaker.

Originally from Memphis, Crossley graduated from Wellesley College in 1973 and holds an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Pine Manor College, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cambridge College.

In July 2012, Crossley became the host of Boston Public Radio, which covers local and national politics, public affairs, arts, and culture. Her show, previously named The Callie Crossley Show, is a two-hour local program with regional broadcast coverage that includes New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.

Crossley’s radio and television presence also includes appearances on national news and information programs, including CNN’s Reliable Sources, The PBS News Hour, NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin and The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, a co-production of the BBC, Public Radio International and WNYC Radio. Crossley is also a weekly contributor to Boston’s WFXT TV and host of WGBH’s Basic Black weekly live television program.

In addition to hosting her daily radio program, Crossley has served for the past 10 years as the program manager for the Nieman Foundation  for Journalism at Harvard University.

Prior to her radio hosting, Crossley was a producer for ABC News’ 20/20, reporting on health and medicine. Crossley was also a producer for the documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965. Her hour was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1988.

Crossley has won major film and television awards, including a national Emmy, a Peabody, a Christopher, an Edward R. Murrow award and the Gold Baton, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism.

A sought-after public speaker, Crossley is a guest lecturer at colleges and universities, often discussing media, politics, and the intersection of race, gender and media. She is a speaker on the Forum Network, an online video lecture series of PBS, NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, featuring the world’s leading scientists, educators, artists and authors. Crossley is also a regular moderator for forums at the John F. Kennedy Library, and for local and national civic events.

Crossley has been awarded two Harvard fellowships: a Nieman Fellowship and a fellowship at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.