Vol. 12 No. 5 - December, 2009

Edward Keohane named Vice Chancellor for Communications

Award winning television journalist Edward Keohane has been named Vice Chancellor for Communications for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The appointment was announced by Michael F. Collins, MD, chancellor of UMass Medical School and senior vice president for the health sciences of the University of Massachusetts.

Keohane comes to the UMass Medical School from CNN in New York where he was a managing producer for the network’s flagship morning show, “American Morning.” During his time at CNN, Keohane covered major news events, including the 2008 presidential election, for which he and his CNN team were honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the terror attacks in Mumbai, India.

Prior to his time at CNN, Keohane, a Milton, Massachusetts native, worked as a producer for WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. He produced a variety of award-winning newscasts while reporting on notable stories, including the 2004 presidential election, the Big Dig tunnel collapse and Hurricane Katrina. Keohane also helped manage the launch of WCVB’s highly successful weekend morning show.

“I am thrilled to bring my media experience to the Medical School and shine a light on the impressive and inspiring work taking place throughout the organization,” said Keohane. “The Medical School is at the forefront of American medical education. It educates world class physicians, nurses and scientists; conducts cutting-edge research that could lead to tomorrow’s great cures; and, strives to improve the quality of health care across Worcester and around the world.”

As Vice Chancellor for Communications, Keohane will serve as a member of the chancellor’s senior staff and oversee all communications functions for the UMass Medical School and its various related entities.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Ed to our team. He will bring to the role an unbridled energy and unique experiences and skill sets, all of which position him well to lead the development of our communications and branding strategies,” said Chancellor Collins.

Keohane will begin his new position on January 11.