Janet Wu, an Emmy winning political and investigative reporter, is co-host of WCVB’s “On The Record,” along with Ed Harding. OTR is a weekly roundtable discussion of Massachusetts politics which airs on Sunday mornings at 11 AM. Janet previously served as WCVB’s NewsCenter 5 Massachusetts political reporter for over thirty years.
Janet has been a key member of WCVB’s political unit and received a prestigious Emmy at the 2015 Emmy® Awards presented by the National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England chapter. The award, in the Continuing Coverage – No Time Limit category, recognized Janet’s work on the station’s political coverage during the 2014 campaign season, an ongoing initiative entitled “Commitment 2014.” Also in 2015, she received the ‘Inspiration Award’ from the Asian Community Development Corporation for her consummate work as a political reporter. Janet was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Emerson College at the 2011 commencement, and in 2010, she was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
In addition, Janet was a member of the team at WCVB honored on multiple occasions with the coveted Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. The station was recognized for its candidate-orientated reporting and its effort to cover issues important to the local community. In 1998, Janet was awarded top honors in the Associated Press Investigative/ Enterprise category and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for her report entitled “Public Property, Private Lies.” In addition, the NewsCenter 5 political team was honored in 1989 with a First Place National Headliners Award and a Murrow Award for the best political coverage of any station in the nation.
Before coming to Channel 5, Janet was the State House reporter for WGBH-TV, Boston’s public television station. She also worked as a reporter for United Press International.
Janet, a native of Bridgewater, NJ, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is fluent in the Cantonese dialect of Chinese. Janet is married and has two children.