Former WCVB-TV news director Candy Altman set to retire


Candy Altman

By Mark Shanahan Globe Staff 

Candy Altman is calling it a career after 35 years in TV news, many of them spent at Hearst Television’s flagship station WCVB-TV (Channel 5.)

Altman, who was Hearst Television’s VP of news for several years after leaving WCVB in 2000, is retiring in June and taking a teaching position at Boston University. Altman, whose husband is longtime investigative TV reporter Joe Bergantino, is credited with helping Hearst win multiple Peabody Awards and nine consecutive USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Awards.


“Candy may be most proud professionally of the lives she’s touched and the news leaders she’s helped to develop,” Barbara Maushard, Hearst’s senior VP for news, said in a statement. “Candy placed great value on mentoring the future leaders of our industry. . . . It’s no surprise that one of the first things Candy will do after she ‘retires’ is teach journalism leadership at BU.”

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Altman began her career as a reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo., where she later became an associate news producer. She joined WCVB in 1983 as executive producer of the 11 p.m. newscast. From 1993 to 2000, Altman was VP and news director at WCVB, overseeing a 100-person news staff.