Boyd, who retired from the business in 2008, worked for the ABC affiliate as a reporter and anchor for 36 years. He told Needham’s WickedLocal.com he’s uncomfortable with his recent reappearance in the spotlight,
“If you’re a journalist, my perception is that you’re involved in a service. You’re a conduit. You take the info and you make the darndest effort to be truthful, reliable, responsible to your news consumers,” he said at a poolside table behind his Needham home. “But it’s not really about you.”
The 70-year-old, who started his career in the mailroom for WNET in 1961, now spends his time pursuing the one thing that got away from him during his long career in broadcasting, a college education. He is currently a student at Tufts University pursuing a degree in Sociology.
“After I retired, I said, I’m not going to play golf. I’m not going to go and sit at home and stare out the window. I can finish this unfinished business, get that college degree that I never got,” said Boyd. “It’s been wonderful. I sense the other students’ brilliance and absorb their youth and energy. They are remarkably bright and insightful and accomplished, and they haven’t even begun to live yet.”
Boyd joins notables such as NPR’s Ray and Tom Magliozzi, AKA “Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers” and Tom Bergeron who have received the honor.