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Callie Crossley ’73
Journalist, Producer, Commentator
Callie Crossley ’73 is the award-winning journalist who produced the Oscar-nominated hour of the documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965,” a longtime producer for ABC’s “20/20,” and the host of “The Callie Crossley Show” and “Boston Public Radio” on Boston’s WGBH-FM. Crossley’s work has won many major broadcasting and journalism awards, including a national Emmy, a Peabody, a Christopher, an Edward R. Murrow, and the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia award.
Crossley is widely acclaimed as a model for the highest standards of journalistic engagement. Colleagues note that she brings “a sharp intellect, a formidable work ethic, a warm personality, and a genuine interest in people,” and observe that she consistently seeks out those with new and different points of view. Crossley serves as judge for the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards and is credited for being a gifted mentor to the next generation of journalists.
On her radio show, Crossley covers everything from politics and current events to arts and culture. She is also a regular panelist on WGBH-TV’s “Beat the Press,” a contributor for FOX25’s “Morning News Show,” program manager at Harvard University’s prestigious Nieman Foundation, and author of the wine blog, “The Crushed Grape Report.” She expresses deep and far-ranging knowledge, nuanced understanding, and thoughtfulness in a media environment where specialization and hyperbole are common.
Crossley has been awarded two fellowships at Harvard University: the Neiman Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, she is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, and frequently guest lectures at colleges and universities about the collision of old and new media, media and politics, media literacy and the intersection of race, gender and media. She also holds honorary degrees from Cambridge College and Pine Manor College. In November of 2012, Crossley received the Ford Hall Forum’s 2012 George W. Coleman Award for “unparalleled contributions” to the Ford Hall Forum, the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. She served on the Board of the Wellesley Centers for Women from 2001 - 2004.
Crossley was an English major at Wellesley.