Ted Canova

Managing Director of News

Ted Canova's career has gone full circle with Boston at its center. After graduating from Emerson College, Ted has built a distinguished career leading newsrooms and elevating investigative, long-form and computer-assisted reporting. His passion, curiosity and creativity have helped colleagues produce "agenda-setting" journalism that, in turn, has created stronger community connections.

As a reporter, Ted covered major New England stories from the New Hampshire primary to the Challenger explosion. His vision as a news manager began in the early '90s when he embraced the internet's role in journalism. As a community leader, Ted led the communications outreach for the Red Cross after a Minnesota bridge collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people. His community commitment is further seen in the internet radio program he created and hosted, JobTalkAmerica, to help people find jobs.

Ted has been a public speaker in the community and at national conferences. He's taught aspiring journalists in his role as adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. In his free time, Ted is a musician, an athlete and a volunteer. When he's on the sidelines, it's usually to watch his son play college basketball in New England. 


8:32 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Gets Back On Message

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announces a city of Boston lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Credit City of Boston Archives

As 2014 was winding down, maybe you considered making a New Year's resolution: getting to the gym, eating better, making time for friends. I took the annual challenge (I will not lose my car in the parking lot) and proceeded to fail miserably on the very first day (really, how DID my car get on the ramp's 6th level!). But in an area where resolutions matter, where promises better be kept, and where your word should mean everything, I detect a political New Year's resolution at Boston City Hall.

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Local News
3:55 am
Fri October 31, 2014

WGBH News Special: "The Passing of Mayor Tom Menino"

For 20 years, we watched Tom Menino grow as a Mayor, just as we saw Boston grow as a city.

With his passing Thursday morning, it will be difficult to think of Boston without Mayor Menino.
Look around the city and you see his imprint and his legacy everywhere.

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1:01 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

9/11: A Memorial at 36,000 Feet

Jason Pratt Flickr

Two years ago Ted Canova was onboard a plane on 9/11 when he wrote this meditation on September 11th. This year, by chance, he was once again on a plane on 9/11 which made us reflect on his essay. 

Today I attended a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Not in a church. Not in a park. Not even on the ground. I was on board a plane that took off from Boston, just as four other jets took off 11 years ago.

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Local News
7:54 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Trust Compromised: Marathon Blasts, Challenger Explosion, And Minnesota Bridge Collapse

Boylston St. in Boston after the marathon bombing in 2013
Credit AP photo.

Reflections on the News

There's nothing like heading to work and getting a text from your son. But this morning there was something a little deeper in his words that, on the surface, may seem pretty simple.

"Good luck today with the Boston marathon coverage."

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11:05 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Outspoken Bulger 'Victim' Found Dead

Stephen Rakes smiles after greeting an acquaintance outside the liquor store he once owned in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Thursday, June 6, 2013.
Credit Michael Dweyer / AP

Stephen Rakes, who was at one point expected to be a key witness in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, was found dead on Mill Street in Lincoln, according to the Middlesex District Attorney.

The cause of death has not yet been determined. The state medical examiner is conducting an autopsy, the results of which are pending toxicology, which could take up to several weeks to complete, according to a press release from the DA's office.

Rakes' body was found on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m with no obvious signs of trauma, authorities said.

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Local News
7:23 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Boston Marathon Blasts Cast Doubt on Conventions

Credit AP Photo

The day after the Boston Marathon is like nothing we've experienced before. The FBI investigates, doctors operate, families grieve and a community tries to make sense. The daily media briefings shift our emotions back and forth from the criminal investigation to the heroes who stepped forward to save lives. Government officials try to reassure a fragile community that extra security is around "to provide comfort to the public."

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Politics & Government
6:37 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Security Changes At Federal Buildings

Security at the Thomas P. O'Neill Federal Building
Ted Canova WGBH

Something changed this week at three of the most secure buildings in Boston, and it happened without any fanfare or news conferences. Almost two years after the nation's color-coded terror alert system was phased out, some security procedures at three federal buildings have gone away. As a result, you're no longer required to take off your coat, shoes or belt when entering three federal buildings in Boston. This change is expected to be standardized at nearly every federal facility in the United States.

Tightened Security

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6:08 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Marisa DeFranco Considers Another Senate Bid

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Marisa DeFranco addresses the Democratic State Convention before the delegate vote in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Under party rules, DeFranco needs to get the support of at least 15 percent of the several thousand delegates to the convention to qualify for the September primary ballot.
Credit (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Former U.S. Senate candidate Marisa DeFranco is "seriously considering" running for John Kerry's Senate seat.

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3:32 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Funeral Services Held for Aaron Swartz

This Dec. 8, 2012 photo provided by ThoughtWorks shows AaronSwartz, in New York. Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit, hanged himself Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in New York City. In 2011, he was charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer
Credit (AP Photo/ThoughtWorks, Pernille Ironside)

Funeral services were held in Illinois today for Aaron Swartz, the computer prodigy who committed suicide last Friday.

Swartz created key elements of the internet's publishing infrastructure, but faced prosecution for using MIT computers to download millions of copyrighted academic articles.

Swartz was an advocate for what's known as an "open internet." In May, he made this speech to explain the challenges facing the Internet.

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5:11 am
Thu January 3, 2013

From the WGBH Archives: Young Barney Frank Appears on 'Club 44' in 1976

Then-state Rep. Barney Frank appears on Club 44 in 1976.
Credit WGBH Archives

Long before YouTube and 24-hour cable news, WGBX-TV produced a program called "Club 44." Even by today's standards, the setting was unique -- on Friday nights, the Brighton studio was converted into a pop-up nightclub with a live audience.

On U.S. Rep. Barney Frank's last day in office, we present a 1976 clip from the WGBH Archives, when then-state Rep. Barney Frank appeared on "Club 44" to defend Boston's Combat Zone:

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11:57 am
Thu December 20, 2012

A Curtain Call for Barney Frank?

Rep. Barney Frank gives the keynote at an LGBT event in Washington, D.C., on Jun. 7, 2012.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Agriculture / Flickr

Life is a full circle in many ways. My very first interview as an aspiring journalist was with Massachusetts State Representative Barney Frank. Back then, to record the interview, you had to temporarily vandalize your telephone. After dis-assembling the handset, you attached roach-clips to the ear portion and a jack to a cassette tape recorder and hit RECORD.

As naïve journalists go, so went my first, shaky and scripted question: "Representative Frank, how will you solve the parking problem in the Back Bay?" Thankfully, he didn't embarrass me.

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10:20 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Brown vs. Warren: The Bus Tour Results

Sen. Scott Brown shakes hands with supporters in Dedham, Mass.
Credit Elise Amendola / AP

It's easy to view the election results as a Monday-morning quarterback. But it seems like the numbers just never added up for Scott Brown’s re-election bid. To win, he would have needed more votes than any Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts’ history. And just where was Brown going to find the 229,228 votes to tie Elizabeth Warren? Would it be from the three debates, his campaign ads, phone banks or the door-to-door ground assault? 

"Shock The World"

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10:49 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Romney Versus Obama, Word for Word

Mitt Romney's nomination acceptance speech, Aug. 30, 2012.

What did Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's language say about where they stand? We ran their nomination acceptance speeches through Wordle to read between the lines. 

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