Late WGBH photographer honored by Cambridge with dedication ceremony

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 A former WCVB photographer was honored Saturday by having a corner of Cambridge dedicated to him.


The city of Cambridge renamed the corner of Copley and Fayweather streets the Robert N. Wilson Square in honor of the late who passed away in 2014.

wilson2Wilson worked at WCVB for 22 years. While working as a television photographer, he received many honors, including being recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for outstanding achievement as a pioneer African-American news videographer and recognition by the Boston Association of Black Journalists for his achievements.

Wilson got his start in television at WGBH, where he progressed from a stagehand to a television photographer. Wilson was also a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War.

“It is people like Bob Wilson that made a difference in this community,” City Councilor David Maher said. “He was a celebrated newsman and contributed to the change in the culture of news in Boston over a 30-year period.”

Wilson's family was on hand for the unveiling.


  1. Lo Hartnett on December 8, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    In my early years at GBH, “Bobby” coached me to do onair talent. He calmed you with words and confidence and direction. Over the years, I watched him do the same for others. He was a dear man and a professional.

  2. Larry LeCain on November 28, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Bob was a sweet hearted man and a pleasure to work alongside.
    His patient thoughtful approach was inspirational
    I am not surprised Cambridge recognized his influence and contribution

  3. Jay Collier on June 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    This is really a wonderful tribute to a very fine human being who we all knew and loved. They never made a better man than Bob Wilson.

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