Mike Beaudet Joins WCVB’s 5 Investigates as Investigative Reporter

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Investigative reporter Mike Beaudet will bring years of groundbreaking reporting to Boston’s most experienced investigative unit, 5 Investigates.  The  Emmy award-winning investigative journalist starts today at  WCVB’s NewsCenter 5.

“Mike is a talented journalist whose investigative reporting and skill for uncovering stories of waste and mismanagement has really impacted the lives of those in the Boston community,” said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager.  “He will be a great asset to our NewsCenter 5 team as part of our newly expanded, award winning investigative unit.”

As a multi-media investigative journalist, Beaudet will join reporters Kathy Curran and Karen Anderson in the market leading investigative unit.

“This trio, all Massachusetts natives, presents the strongest lineup of investigative reporters anywhere,” said Andrew Vrees, WCVB News Director.   “Mike’s return to television will have an immediate and positive impact on our viewers and in our newsroom.”

Mike’s success of breaking impactful stories, holding the powerful accountable and helping protect the vulnerable has influenced public policies and made an impact on the communities we serve.

“WCVB is Boston’s news leader for a reason,” Beaudet said.  “WCVB recognizes what it takes to produce quality investigative journalism.  It takes guts, instinct, and a commitment to uncovering the truth, and I look forward to joining a team that exemplifies those attributes.”

With nearly twenty years of experience as an investigative journalist, Mike left his last position at WFXT in September to become a Journalism Professor at Northeastern University.  Beaudet will continue to teach at Northeastern and will tap the talents of his students to assist in the in-depth investigations that will dually serve as case studies for the students.

“This new partnership with WCVB allows our students to take their work even further,” said Jonathan Kaufman, director of Northeastern’s School of Journalism.  “Northeastern students have a proven track record of working alongside professional journalists to produce hard-hitting investigations.”

Before joining WCVB, Mike spent 19 years at WFXT and also worked as an anchor/reporter for WCVB’s sister station WMUR-TV.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Beaudet received 15 New England Emmy awards.  His most recent award came in 2014 following a series of reports exposing government dysfunction.  In 2011, Beaudet and his team were awarded an Associated Press Award as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigation they conducted into a state worker who ran marathons while claiming to be too injured to work.  Beaudet and his investigative unit were awarded the Award of Excellence by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for coverage of drunk driving and underage drinking issues.

A Massachusetts native, Mike graduated from Emerson College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. In 2008, Mike received his Masters in Journalism from Northeastern.


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