WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station Launches New Political Site

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WBUR Politicker, Online Destination for WBUR Polls & Politics Reporting, Debuts Today

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, today unveiled a new political website, WBUR Politicker. The site provides in-depth political coverage, polling data, analysis and opinion with a special emphasis on the presidential primaries early next year in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

“The goal is to create a one-stop shop for everything that WBUR and NPR does to cover politics, breaking down important issues and providing the public with a breadth of original reporting that will help them be more informed voters when they head to the polls next November,” said Richard Chacon, Executive Director of News Content, WBUR.

WBUR Politicker will contain political reporting, breaking news, commentary and analysis, election features, candidate profiles, interviews and special debate coverage from NPR and the WBUR newsroom, as well as WBUR programs including Radio Boston, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In addition to NPR and WBUR hosts and reporters' stories, the site will feature expert contributors such as The Boston Globe’s James Pindell, and commentary from WBUR’s political analysts, Payne & Domke (Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne).

A hallmark of the new site will be the WBUR Polls, conducted by MassINC Polling Group for WBUR, covering the most pressing political issues of the day, helping to bring public opinion to the center of the conversation. MassINC Polling Group President, Steve Koczela, will serve as lead writer for WBUR Politicker, bringing his trademark deep dives into the data that tell the story behind the story.

“I'm thrilled to be part of the WBUR Politicker team," said Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group. “I believe we'll set the bar high for election news and political coverage. We've already seen the impact that the WBUR Polls can have, and we're excited to continue using polling on the new site as a tool that enables the public to share their opinions -- both with their leaders and with each other.”

The launch of WBUR Politicker coincides with the release of the latest WBUR Poll. Since the first WBUR Poll was released in 2011, WBUR has consistently produced more public polling in Massachusetts than any other outlet, covering both policy issues and elections. The last year of the partnership has been marked with notable success. The WBUR Weekly Tracking Poll, which ran from August to Election Day 2014, predicted the outcome of the governor’s race and Senate race within a percentage point of the official tally, the most accurate polling in both races. In addition, the WBUR Polls around Boston’s bid for the Olympics were cited worldwide and helped foster dialogue among civic leaders and constituents.

About 90.9 WBUR: 90.9 WBUR-FM is Boston’s NPR news station and the home of nationally syndicated programs, including On Point, Here & Now, Only A Game and Car Talk, which reach millions of listeners each week on NPR stations across the United States and online. WBUR provides listeners with thorough coverage of local, national and international news from NPR, Public Radio International and the BBC, in addition to its own locally produced content. WBUR has a dedicated newsroom reporting original, local content throughout the day, as well as Radio Boston, a daily news magazine examining issues, news, people and places through a distinctly Boston lens.

About The MassINC Polling Group (MPG): The MassINC Polling Group is a full-service opinion research company serving public, private, and social sector organizations. MPG started in Boston with a local and state-level focus and now serves a national client base. Although we have expanded our reach, we still conduct and release more public opinion research on Massachusetts than any other polling organization. Our president, Steve Koczela, has written extensively on public opinion and data analysis for both media and academic publications.

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