Moses Shumow, 42, Associate Producer

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From WGBH QuickNooz

The WGBH community notes with sadness the passing of Moses Shumow, who worked here between 2001 and 2004, first as a Production Assistant for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE then as Associate Producer for our Lifestyle Unit (now part of WGBH Studio Six). Moses died tragicallyon Tues, 10/22 after being struck by a Commuter Rail train in Beverly. He was 42.

While at WGBH, Moses met his wife, Rose Compagine Shumow, who also worked for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. According to a statement from Emerson College, Moses was a 2001 graduate of Emerson College’s MA in Broadcast Journalism program and earlier this fall joined the college’s Journalism faculty.

“When I first met Moses in 2001, he was a motivated, hard-working production assistant eager to be part of the public media family,” says AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Series Producer Vanessa Ruiz. “He stood out for so many reasons, most important of which are how kind, loving, and intelligent he was. He was highly respected for his work in storytelling and digital media, and loved very much by his family and friends. We will miss his big smile and warm heart tremendously.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Rose’s continued care of their three children, especially Gus (9), who recently became disabled.

Excerpts from The Boston Globe

‘We’re hurting real bad’: Emerson faculty, students mourn the loss of journalism professor Moses Shumow

“He was one of the most dedicated and passionate humans, who lived his work.”

Moses Shumow dedicated much of his professional life in the media to community engagement, particularly in Miami’s diverse urban areas and marginalized populations. Outside of his work life, he enjoyed time with his wife and three children.

Shumow, 42, a journalism professor at Emerson College, died Tuesday when he was struck by a commuter rail train in Beverly while riding his bicycle.

Though he had just joined Emerson this fall, Shumow first attended the college as a student, earning a master’s degree in broadcast journalism in 2001, according to Emerson Today. He also left an impression on faculty and students during his short time as an associate professor teaching digital design…

“We’re hurting right now, we’re hurting real bad,”Angel Salcedo, a WEBN news director, told the newspaper. “[Shumow] was only with us for a month and a half but the effect he had on the organization was immediate. He was more than just someone who had just taken over the organization. It had gotten to the point where we were comfortable in confiding in him.”…

“Moses was passionate about the role of media in vulnerable and marginalized communities, and he was deeply excited to return to Emerson and to engage his students in this important work,” the letter said. “The fact that his life and his work were cut short this morning is an unimaginable tragedy.”


  1. Jay Collier on October 25, 2019 at 11:28 am

    From WGBH Quick Nooz:

    A memorial service and reception for Moses Shumow, former Production Assistant for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and Associate Producer for our Lifestyle Unit, will take place this Sun, 10/27, 2pm, at The First Baptist Church, in Beverly, MA (221 Cabot St).

    As QuickNooz shared yesterday, Moses died on Tuesday after a tragic accident while riding his bike to the train station.

    His wife, Rose Compagine Shumow, whom he met while working at WGBH, thanks all “who have sent prayers and who continue to hold him in the light.”

  2. Hilary Finkel Buxton on October 24, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    So very, very tragic. I worked with him briefly in the Lifestyle Unit and am so sorry to hear about his untimely passing. Awful. Deepest condolences to his friends, family, and colleagues.

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