WBUR’s ‘On Point’ host Tom Ashbrook weds Harvard staffer he first met on Twitter

WBUR host Tom Ashbrook.
WBUR host Tom Ashbrook. –Globe file

See, Twitter isn’t all bad.

Tom Ashbrook, the host of WBUR’s nationally syndicated call-in radio show On Point, got married Saturday to Cathryn Clüver, a Harvard Kennedy School faculty member, who he met after she tweeted at him.

The couple’s wedding in Lincoln was featured in The New York Times‘s weddings section Sunday. And in the last paragraph, an interesting detail:

The couple met in Cambridge, Mass., in March 2016 after the bride tweeted on her feed in response to an episode of “On Point” that dealt with Germany’s handling of refugees. Mr. Ashbrook noticed the tweet and suggested a meeting over lunch.

This appears to be the said life-changing tweet, which was sent in late January:

It was “Liked” by one person: The future groom.

Less than 17 months later, they were married.

Clüver is the founding executive director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, which “examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century,” according to its website. Based on her tweets, she appears to be a longtime listener of On Point, which Ashbrook has hosted since 2001.


Clüver tweeted Sunday that the wedding at Lincoln’s Gropius House was a “gorgeous celebration.”

Clüver is the 61-year-old’s second wife. His first wife, MIT administrator Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, died in 2014 after a long battle with cancer.