Bob Oakes

Bob Oakes, longtime host of “Morning Edition” on Boston University news/talk WBUR-FM Boston, is retiring from the role and will take on the title of Senior Correspondent with the influential public broadcaster.

“Ever since I turned 60, a few years ago, I've been thinking about how I should close out my career,” Oakes said in a piece posted to “And, for a long time, I've thought what I'd really like to do is go out as a reporter because that's how I came in.”

A well-respected WBUR veteran, Oakes was instrumental in the unionization of the station last year. Oakes will continue hosting “Morning Edition” for a few months as a search for his successor is conducted.