Anthony Everett

Drawing from his travels around Massachusetts, Emmy-winning journalist and television host Anthony Everett will help members celebrate the Bay State on Jan. 21, 2022, as the Friday evening speaker at the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show.

Everett has hosted WCVB Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” the nation’s longest-running, locally produced newsmagazine, for 16 years. On the show, Everett explores the “Main Streets and Back Roads” of the region, serving as part storyteller and part ambassador for its best offerings. From patrolling the Nantucket coast in a boat with the town’s harbormaster to exploring a haunted covered bridge in Greenfield, Everett provides viewers with vicarious experiences of the hidden and not-so-hidden gems of Massachusetts.

“As we travel the 351 cities and towns of the Commonwealth, I am constantly amazed how many incredible stories each one holds,” he said. “It really is a testament to the ingenuity, creativity, resourcefulness and inventiveness of the people of Massachusetts, and it is one of the main reasons ‘Chronicle’ is celebrating its 40th year on the air in 2022. Having the chance to visit their communities and tell their stories is a privilege.”

A native of New York City, Everett first appreciated the charms of Massachusetts as a student at Tufts University. But his broadcasting career first took him on a detour through two other states. In 1984, he started out as a sports reporter and anchor at KSPN-TV in Aspen, Colorado, ultimately becoming the station’s news director before leaving in 1987. He then spent a few years as a general assignment reporter and weekday anchor on the evening and nighttime newscasts at WVIT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut.

Everett joined WCVB’s NewsCenter 5 in 1990 as a general assignment reporter. Over the years, he has co-anchored midday, evening and 11 p.m. newscasts, served as WCVB’s senior correspondent for national events and breaking news, and regularly contributed to special news reports.

He has won multiple Emmy Awards, including for his work on “Chronicle,” for reporting on subjects including education, Alzheimer’s disease and the recycling industry, and for hosting special programs, including one for the 125th anniversary of the Boston Pops. Everett’s reporting has also earned him National Headliner Awards, an Associated Press Award for Investigative Reporting and Documentary Reporting in 2012, and helped WCVB win an Edward Murrow Award for News Series and News Documentary in 2013.

Everett also devotes time to charitable causes, including as a volunteer and board member for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which he received a 1992 Public Education Award and a 2006 Partners in Progress Award. He has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, the Boston Ballet, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Home for Little Wanderers, and Derby Academy.

Everett has taught journalism and been a guest lecturer at Tufts, and has lectured at Boston College, Harvard Business School, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and other educational and community groups throughout New England.

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