Westfield State University Alumnus and Boston TV News Anchor Doug Meehan to Deliver 2018 Commencement Address
Broadcast journalist and WCVB-TV NewsCenter 5 on-air talent Doug Meehan, a 1988 Westfield State University alumnus, will deliver the address at the University’s 179th undergraduate Commencement ceremony. The event will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.
“Westfield State University is excited to have alumnus Doug Meehan speak to our graduates about his education and experience at our commencement,” said President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. “A communications professional who has achieved a coveted position with the top-rated news station in New England’s largest television market, Mr. Meehan embodies the University’s values and provides a fine example for our graduates to emulate.”
A co-anchor of WCVB’s Boston weekend morning newscasts, Meehan also contributes to the weekday EyeOpener newscast as a general assignment reporter. WCVB has earned top honors from the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association as “Station of the Year” for five consecutive years. Meehan joined the station in December 2015 after three years as a television news anchor in Phoenix, Ariz.
He has enjoyed a successful career in broadcasting for more than 20 years, working in Dallas, Tampa, Austin, Hartford and Providence. Meehan grew up in West Yarmouth, Mass., and earned a B.A. from Westfield State in mass communications with concentrated study in broadcasting. After a short time working in radio at WLDM-AM in Westfield and WPXC-FM on Cape Cod, Meehan began his broadcast news career as an anchor and reporter at Cape 11 News in South Yarmouth and later served as a news, weather and sports anchor at WPRI-TV in Providence, RI.
He worked as a reporter for WHDH-TV 7 News Boston before spending more than six years as FOX25’s morning news full-time helicopter reporter, the first in the Boston television market. He later hosted “The Doug Meehan Show” on Boston’s 96.9 WTKK-FM and was a contributor on The Wall Street Journal Radio Network in New York.
Meehan was honored in 2006 by Boston magazine as one of Boston’s “The Fabulous 40,” and that same year he completed the 110th running of the Boston Marathon.
“Doug Meehan has worked hard throughout his career to adapt and progress in a rapidly changing industry,” said Madison Creamer, president of Westfield State’s Class of 2018. “We look forward to his stories about his time at Westfield State and throughout his well-traveled and impressive career.”
Tickets are required to attend Westfield State University commencement.