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Radio Host

TV Commentator

Public Speaker


Callie Crossley is a WGBH radio and TV host.  Her current show is “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley.”


Crossley hosted two other radio programs shows during the last three years at WGBH Radio. She was both Host/Moderator of “Boston Public Radio” and the Host/Executive Producer of “The Callie Crossley Show."


Crossley appears weekly on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, an award winning media criticism program which examines local and national media coverage, and often hosts Basic Black, a public affairs show focusing on current events and cultural issues concerning black communities.


Crossley is also a television and radio commentator for national and local programs. She is a regular contributor on National Public Radio’s The Takeaway, and Fox 25 Boston TV’s Morning Show, and she often guests on CNN’s Reliable Sources, and the PBS News Hour. 


A sought after public speaker, Crossley keynotes local and national conference meetings and community forums, recently delivering annual MLK Day lectures, and a talk at the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a frequent moderator for Forum events at Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library. As a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, she guest lectures at colleges and universities about media literacy, media and politics, and the intersection of race, gender and media.




Under the Radar

with Callie Crossley


Sunday evenings

from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

WGBH, 89.7 FM



June 20, 2014 - Latinos and Whiteness; World Cup Slurs

"Under the Radar with Callie Crossley" looks to alternative presses and community news for stories that are often overlooked by big media outlets. In a roundtable conversation, Crossley examines the small stories before they become the big headlines with contributors in Boston and New England.

June 9, 2014 - Black college grads still face job bias
July 6, 2014 - Fixed nurse-patient ratios needed
June 18, 2014 - Pariah Theater's "For Colored Girls"
Unknown Track - Unknown Artist


Crossley is the recent recipient of the 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary for the WGBH radio program on the '50th Anniversary of the March on Washington' which she wrote and produced. 


She has received multiple journalism and film awards, most notably for her work on the acclaimed documentary series "Eyes on the Prize," which earned her an Oscar ® nomination, a National Emmy, a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award (Gold Baton) – considered the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism.

Ms. 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. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, and holds an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Pine Manor College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cambridge College.


In February 2013 she was named one of four Wellesley graduates to receive the Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award, the college’s highest honor.In 2012, she was named by the Tennessee Historic Commission as one of twelve ‘distinguished’ Tennesseans featured in the AT&T African-American History Calendar.  


The Ford Hall Forum also honored her that year with its highest recognition, The George Coleman Award, for extraordinary community service.


In 2011, she was one of six women to receive the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Leading Woman Award and one of 125 women featured in the book Boston, Inspirational Women, photographs by Bill and Kerry Brett, text by Carol Beggy.        

Fox25-TV Boston

"News headlines have been filled with stories that have everyone talking. When that happens, we like to turn to one of our favorite talkers, TV and radio commentator Callie Crossley."

Beat the Press

Friday evenings

at 7 PM on WGBH 2

Streaming on

Basic Black


Streaming on

"We Who Believe in Freedom:"

50 years after Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act

Media Roundup: a compendium of media appearances by Calllie Crossley

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