The latest announcements and updates from WBUR

WBUR to Host Republican Debate for Governor

On Wednesday, Aug. 13, WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, will host a debate moderated by Morning Edition Host Bob Oakes between the Republican candidates for Governor of Massachusetts—Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher.

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WBUR Host Bob Oakes.

The one-hour debate will take place in the WBUR Studios at 9 a.m. It will be broadcast live on 90.9 FM and live streaming online at wbur.org. The debate will also be re-broadcast at 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

Similar to WBUR’s June 18 debate with the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Oakes will explore a wide range of statewide issues including healthcare, income disparity, gun control, taxes and more. WBUR will be live tweeting the debate beginning at 9 a.m. Follow the conversation online @WBUR.

WBUR & Friends at the Cape Playhouse

Following the success of WBUR’s July live show “StarTalk!” with Bill Nye, The Science Guy, at the Provincetown Town Hall, WBUR has announced another special live production on Cape Cod this summer.

Join Robin Young, co-host of Here & Now on WBUR and NPR, on Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis for WBUR & Friends with actors and comedians Michael Ian Black (“The State,” “Ed,” “You’re Not Doing It Right”), Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show,” “King of the Hill,” RadioLoveFest) and musician Lucy Wainwright Roche.

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Information and tickets for WBUR & Friends, and all WBUR live event productions, can be found in the Events section of the WBUR website.

WBUR Receives $250,000 Knight Foundation Grant to Create "BizLab"

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced that WBUR will be receiving a $250,000 grant to create “BizLab,” a new business unit that will explore fresh opportunities to generate new membership and revenue sources.

The WBUR BizLab will be dedicated to developing new business models to boost public media’s revenue from digital platforms, finding new markets for content, and developing relationships with the business, education and tech community. WBUR intends to share the results and resources developed with the public radio system.

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WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz.

“I hope this will have an impact on the whole public radio system,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz at the announcement hosted by Greater Public at the 2014 Public Media Development & Marketing Conference in Denver.

The WBUR grant award is part of an initiative by the Knight Foundation to fund three new projects, all aimed at helping public media organizations create new ways to engage with audiences, develop diverse revenue streams and discover new content.

“In order to succeed, public media organizations must respond to new audience demands and discover ways to engage a diverse group of supporters, beyond their traditional following,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president of journalism and media innovation.

For the official announcement, please visit The Knight Foundation website and also see the related article in the Current newspaper.

 

WBUR Presents StarTalk Live! in Provincetown

If you’re going to be near Provincetown on July 23, get ready for a thought-provoking evening of science and fun unlike anything else in the universe! WBUR is proud to present StarTalk Live! in Provincetown, with guest host Bill Nye The Science Guy, co-host Eugene Mirman (from Bob’s Burgers, Delocated, Flight of the Conchords) and special guests: David Gallo of the Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionScott Adsit from NBC’s “30 Rock”; and WBUR’s own Jeremy Hobson, co-host of “Here & Now.”

Bill Nye at his home in Studio City, California.

Bill Nye, The Science Guy.

Science, pop culture and comedy collide on this immensely popular podcast and radio show – and you can see it live! Previous guests on StarTalk Live! have included Buzz Aldrin, Alan Alda, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Schaal, John Oliver, Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman and more. StarTalk Live! is produced by StarTalk Radio and Pretty Good Friends. Please note, Neil deGrasse Tyson is not traveling with this production.

For tickets, go to WBUR Events. To listen to StarTalk Radio, click here.  StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Pretty Good Friends and StarTalk Radio. 

WBUR Day On Cape Cod

To celebrate our new signals on Cape Cod, 92.7 and 89.1, we are broadcasting Radio Boston live from the Hot Chocolate Sparrow at 5 Old Colony Way in Orleans on Tuesday, July 22.

A young listener celebrates WBUR's new Cape & Islands station, with and 89.1 pop.

A young listener celebrates WBUR’s new Cape & Islands station with an 89.1 pop.

Stop by to watch the show with hosts Anthony Brooks and Meghna Chakrabarti. The musical guest will be Patti Larkin. And keep an eye out for the WBUR Street Team, giving away popsicles by The Local Scoop throughout Orleans from 1-3 p.m. — as well as WBUR frisbees and bumper stickers.

WBUR Poll: Mass. Casinos Have Majority Support

One week after the SJC ruled that it would allow a casino repeal measure on the November ballot, the latest WBUR Poll suggests that proponents of gambling in the state have the edge. Steve Koczela, president of The MassINC Polling Group which was commissioned by WBUR to conduct the poll, noted the following takeaways:

  • The SJC decision appears to have sparked upheaval in the casino numbers. We are seeing the largest margin in favor of casinos we have seen since we started polling (+18). This is in contrast to what seemed to be an uneven trend toward narrowing the gap between yes and no. This is just a snapshot of the immediate aftermath of the decision.
  • This positive sentiment is in favor of some pretty significant headwinds: Just 29 percent say the media coverage has been mostly positive, compared to about half who say it has been negative.
  • On the positive side for casinos, more people are buying into the economic argument than the spike in crime argument. This sentiment is closely aligned with support for casinos in general.
  • The Governor’s race numbers have edged a few points more Democratic in recent weeks. In each match-up, the Democrats are doing a few points better than before. Coakley is still by far the strongest against Baker, and Baker vastly outperforms Fisher on the Republican side. These are still the two candidates to beat.

For the full story, see the article on wbur.org.

 

WBUR: Associated Press "Station of the Year"

Station of the Year - 2014

Station of the Year – 2014

The Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press (AP) named WBUR as “Station of the Year” for 2014 at its annual Massachusetts/Rhode Island Radio and TV Contest awards ceremony in June.

This prestigious designation was in addition to WBUR’s eight AP Awards, more than any other radio station in New England (Division A) which were announced in April.

The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. It is a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism. With its headquarters in New York, The AP operates in more than 280 locations worldwide, including every statehouse in the U.S.

WBUR Hosts Democratic Debate for Governor

WBUR Host Bob OakesOn Wednesday, June 18, WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, will host a debate moderated by Morning Edition Host Bob Oakes between the three Democratic candidates for Governor of Massachusetts: Attorney General Martha Coakley; Treasurer Steven Grossman; and Former Obama health care administrator, Dr. Donald Berwick.

The one-hour debate, recorded in the WBUR Studios at 10 a.m., will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening. The debate will cover a wide range of statewide issues including healthcare, income disparity, gun control, taxes and more. WBUR will be live tweeting the debate beginning at 10 a.m. Follow the conversation online @WBUR.

WBUR: Now available on iTunes Radio

WBUR on iTunes Radio

Thanks to a partnership with NPR and Apple, now you can hear a live stream of WBUR on iTunes radio.

Starting today, there is another way to listen to WBUR wherever you are — on the go, at the office, riding the T for your commute or at home on your laptop: iTunes Radio.

To start listening to WBUR and all the programming you love on iTunes, simply search WBUR inside the iTunes Radio tab — be sure to “add” our station to your personal “My Stations” list for easy future listening, too.

You can click this link to go directly to WBUR on iTunes now. Check it out, and let us know what you think. We’re working hard to continue growing our portfolio of offerings and ways to listen to provide you with the best experience possible.

Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience

On Thursday, June 12, WBUR will debut a special seven-part news series, “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Side view of the brain (Courtesy NIH)

Side view of the brain (Courtesy NIH)

Each week, the “Brain Matters” reports will be featured online at wbur.org with video and audio stories, and radio reports will air every Thursday across three key WBUR programs: Morning Edition (5 – 9 a.m.), Radio Boston (3 – 4 p.m.) and All Things Considered (4 – 6:30 p.m.). Weekly topics will include:

June 12: The Intense Focus on the Brain

June 19: What Happens in the Brain to Cause Dyslexia

June 26: The Impact of Abuse and Neglect on the Developing Brain

July 3: Is Addiction a Brain Disease?

July 10: What Are We Learning about the Brain and Memory?

July 17: Music, Language and the Brain

July 24: Can Brain Science Help Us Be Better People?

Special funding for this series provided by Commonwealth Learning Center and Forum Pharmaceuticals.

FUEL Education Founder Robert J. Hildreth Gives $1 Million to Deepen WBUR Education Coverage

Founder and Executive Director of FUEL Education Robert J. Hildreth has donated $1 million to WBUR for a significant expansion of its news coverage focused on education. This is the largest single gift from an individual in the history of WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. It also marks the first seven-figure gift toward WBUR’s capital campaign, still in its quiet phase.

This investment in WBUR will both deepen and extend coverage of key issues related to both K-12 and higher education. While WBUR frequently covers education-related news on its programs, such as Here & Now, On Point and Radio Boston — and in its newscasts — this gift will serve as a catalyst to develop a dedicated team of education journalists, including a full-time reporter, producer and multi-media developer, tackling wide-ranging facets under the “education” umbrella. Results from this team will be heard on the radio, special podcasts and online as part of a vertical focused on education-related issues.

“A financial gift of this magnitude is transformative, and will enable WBUR to become the region’s leading destination for news related to education,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “Our vision is to broadly tackle the topic, from serious issues to more accessible areas like trends, innovations and debates. Bob’s donation makes this possible and reflects his deep commitment to improving education outcomes on a myriad of levels.”

Hildreth had a broad career in Latin American finance at the IMF, Citibank, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and his own brokering company, International Bank Services, before turning his full attention to active philanthropy. His focus is on education reform in the United States, particularly for low-income populations. Hildreth used his financial background to create a matched savings program which evolved into FUEL Education, a non-profit that provides knowledge, resources and financial incentives for underserved families to send their children to college.

Philanthropist Bob Hildreth (center) with FUEL Education participants, graduating high school senior Temi Ashorobi (left) and her mother, Taiye Ashorobi (right). Hildreth’s $1M grant will support education journalism on WBUR.

FUEL Education coaches low-income parents so they can be a powerful ally in their children’s quest for higher education. Since 2009, FUEL Education has empowered hundreds of parents to become informed consumers of higher education. This month, more than 100 FUEL students will graduate from high schools in Boston, Chelsea and Lynn with college savings accounts. A native of Melrose, Mass., Hildreth is a member of the WBUR Board of Overseers and a longtime supporter of the station. He also serves on the Boston University Board of Trustees and has invested substantially in the Boston University/Chelsea Partnership, a 25-year initiative in the Chelsea Public Schools, which led to the development of a nationally recognized early childhood learning center in Chelsea, Mass. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and to WBUR’s Cognoscenti, an online ideas and opinion page at wbur.org.

“Thanks to this infusion of funding, we’re envisioning a new kind of education reporting, that doesn’t necessarily rely on school committee meetings and test score outcomes,” said Sam Fleming, WBUR managing director of news and programming. “This coverage will have a voice, great narratives, and focus on real people and real world experiences. Bob’s gift will make it possible to innovate and explore ways to make the stories resonate with our audiences.”

WBUR to Debut Cape Cod’s Newest Radio Station at 89.1 FM on May 23

WBUR, Boston’s NPR® News Station, announced it will begin broadcasting tomorrow on a brand-new radio station at 89.1 FM in Brewster, Mass. The new station, WBUH, will simulcast WBUR’s award-winning news and information programming on a full-power “Class B” 50,000-watt signal, making it the first and only non-commercial Cape station of this magnitude.

“The frequency at 89.1 FM has never been used before on the Cape, so this marks the birth of a truly brand-new station,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “This signal, enhancing our reach all over the Cape and Islands, is something we’ve hoped to achieve for the last decade, and we’re excited that it is becoming a reality.”

The Sagamore Bridge spans Cape Cod Canal. (Drew Bryden/Flickr)

The Sagamore Bridge spans Cape Cod Canal. (Drew Bryden/Flickr)

WBUH 89.1 FM will provide a strong signal across virtually all of Cape Cod, including the Outer and Lower Cape, complementing WBUR’s existing 3,000-watt signal, 92.7 FM on Martha’s Vineyard, which reaches the Upper and Mid Cape, as well as Massachusetts SouthCoast communities. Both 89.1 and 92.7 are in addition to WBUR’s primary 50,000-watt signal, 90.9 FM, which broadcasts across all of metropolitan Boston and eastern Massachusetts.

The genesis of this brand-new radio station is 10 years in the making. WBUR identified the opportunity for a new public radio frequency on Cape Cod in 2004. At that time, however, the FCC had a freeze in place for Non-Commercial Educational (NCE) applications. In 2007, the FCC opened an NCE filing window and received 13 mutually exclusive applications for an outer Cape Cod station on the previously unused frequency of 89.1. After FCC review, WBUR came in second to Home Improvement Ministries, and HIM was issued a three-year construction permit on April 14, 2011.

By fall 2013, HIM had not yet built a station. Recognizing that the permit would soon expire, WBUR offered to cover the minimal expenses HIM had incurred, and HIM accepted. With the construction permit now in hand, WBUR applied for the license, began building the station from scratch with a new transmitter and secured a rental tower for the signal in Eastham, Mass. The FCC officially granted WBUR the license to operate 89.1 WBUH, Brewster, on March 14, 2014. Like all noncommercial licenses, it was free, and so WBUR’s total expenses for 89.1 are a fraction of the usual costs incurred to create such a powerful station.

“We’re looking forward to introducing WBUR-produced programs, like Here & Now, On Point, Only A Game, Car Talk and Radio Boston – as well as our award-winning journalism which covers all of eastern Massachusetts, including the Cape and Islands — to the Outer and Lower Cape for the first time,” said Sam Fleming, managing director of news and programming, WBUR.

WBUR is the preeminent news and information public radio station in Massachusetts, reaching close to 500,000 listeners each week, and is ranked among the Top 10 public radio stations in America. As the most prolific producer of national programming in public radio, WBUR is the home of Car Talk, On Point, Here & Now and Only A Game. With its extensive newsroom, WBUR produces hourly local newscasts, original reporting and investigative and feature series. In addition, it has a robust – and growing – digital presence at wbur.org. WBUR produces a daily news magazine program, Radio Boston, and carries NPR news programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.

 

Video: ’26.2: Beyond The Finish Line’ Live Broadcast

At the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on April 15, 2014, On Point host Tom Ashbrook led a live evening program looking back over the year since the Boston Marathon bombings with a distinguished group of first responders, writers, scholars and musicians.

Guests included Harvard historian and author Jill Lepore, award-winning author James Carroll, comedian and social observer Jonathan Katz, Boston firefighter Sean O’Brien, The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen and Scott Helman, national poetry slam winner Regie Gibson and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

The event also featured music from singer/songwriter Patty Larkin, Bill Janovitz founder of Buffalo Tom, musician Amanda Palmer and cellist Ronald Feldman of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

WBUR Presents "26.2: Beyond the Finish Line"

What happened to Boston on April 15, 2013, and in the year since that fateful marathon day? WBUR presents a special evening of reflection, “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line,” tonight from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the JFK Library.

WBUR & NPR’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook leads the program with a distinguished group of first responders, writers, scholars and musicians including Harvard historian and author Jill Lepore, award-winning author James Carroll, comedian and social observer Jonathan Katz, Boston firefighter Sean O’Brien, The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen and Scott Helman, national poetry slam winner Regie Gibson and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The free event will also feature music from singer/songwriter Patty Larkin, Bill Janovitz founder of Buffalo Tom, musician Amanda Palmer and cellist Ronald Feldman of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

The event will be broadcast live on 90.9, WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station and online at wbur.org beginning at 7 p.m. More than 600 guests have reserved seats to attend the event in person. “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line” is part of WBUR’s daylong special coverage of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Complete 2014 Boston Marathon coverage is online at wbur.org and continues all week through race day on Monday, April 21.

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AGENDA FOR “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line”

7:00 p.m.

Tom Ashbrook, Host, On Point on WBUR and NPR – Introduction

Ronald Feldman, Suite No. 5 in C minor, “Sarabande,” J.S. Bach

Jill Lepore, Two If By Sorrow: Boston and Its Losses

7:20 p.m.

Conversation with Kevin CullenSean O’BrienAlicia Shambo

Bill JanovitzBest Route

Regie Gibsonboston (a reluctant love poem)

8:00 p.m.

Amanda Palmer, Running Towards the Light

Neil GaimanA reading to be selected by the author

8:10 p.m.

Conversation with James CarrollScott HelmanJonathan Katz

8:55 p.m.

Patty LarkinGood Thing

9:00 p.m.

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WBUR Honored with Eight AP Awards

The Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press (AP) announced today that 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, was honored with eight AP Awards, more than any other radio station in New England (Division A). The awards ceremony for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Radio and TV Contest will take place June 18, 2014 in Boston.

WBUR won awards for breaking news, continuing coverage and newscast (WBUR’s Morning Edition), acknowledging the station’s body of work following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The best feature award went to Producer/Reporter Lynn Jolicoeur’s story on Boston law firm that witnessed and experienced the bombing. Reporter Bruce Gellerman was honored with best use of sound for his story, “8 Rules of Reporting Breaking News,”about his 36-hour shift in Watertown. The best talk show was Radio Boston for its marathon bombing coverage.  The best sports program was Only a Game, and wbur.org was named best website.

Listen and explore all of WBUR’s award-winning work below:

BREAKING NEWS WBUR, The Boston Marathon Bombing

CONTINUING COVERAGE WBUR, The Boston Marathon Bombing

FEATURE REPORTING WBUR, Unharmed, At Least Physically: Boylston Street Law Firm Struggles To Regain Normalcy

NEWSCAST WBUR, WBUR’s Morning Edition

SPORTS PROGRAM WBUR, Only A Game

TALK SHOW WBUR, Radio Boston (Marathon Bombing Coverage)

USE OF SOUND WBUR, 8 Rules Of Reporting Breaking News

WEB SITE WBUR, WBUR.org

Note: All WBUR awards are in the Division A Radio category.

Save The Date for WBUR On Tap May 1

Our popular free monthly series, WBUR On Tap, continues with host Bob Oakes discussing the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. A recent WBUR poll showed support gaining for the idea, but opponents raise concerns about the effects on communities – and especially on children. As always, this event takes place in the WBUR Living Room at our Commonwealth Avenue studios, which has a limited capacity – so please register here for your place now! This month we’ll be serving beverages and … appropriate snacks. Bring your ID, as the event is 21+.

 

WBUR POLL FINDS COAKLEY LEADING THE PACK FOR 2014 MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR’S RACE

 ED MARKEY STRONG IN SENATE RACE, SCOTT BROWN’S RECEPTION IS WANING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

 A new WBUR Poll finds Democrat Martha Coakley continuing to hold her position as the frontrunner in the race for Massachusetts governor. She leads in the primary election by a 45 to 14 margin over fellow Democrat Steve Grossman, with the remaining Democratic candidates trailing in the single digits. For the 2014 Massachusetts general election, Coakley leads over Republican front-runner Charlie Baker, 41 to 26. Baker, however, leads over all other Democratic contenders.

“The key to success for Coakley continues to be women voters, who give her a 24 point margin,” said Steve Koczela, president of The MassINC Polling Group which was commissioned by WBUR to conduct the poll. “It’s notable that this is the same margin to which Baker lost women in his 2010 gubernatorial bid against Deval Patrick.”

Both Coakley (2010 Senate) and Baker (2010 Governor) have previously been their party’s nominee for statewide office. Similar to a WBUR Poll released in January, Coakley ranks as the best known candidate overall. She garnered broad favorables and high name recognition, with 49% of the survey participants holding a favorable view of her versus 26% unfavorable. Voters are looking upon Baker favorably as well, after several years out of the spotlight in the private sector. Of the survey respondents, 31% expressed a favorable view of Baker compared to only 13% with an unfavorable view.

Among the other candidates, Democrat Steve Grossman garnered a 23% favorable viewpoint, while all others declared in the race at this point have relatively low name recognition although starting inch up into the higher single-digits.

The poll also explored opinions surrounding several senate races. The junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, Ed Markey, appears to have a strong re-election bid. He looks well positioned against all potential Republican challengers at this point. Survey participants did not recognize the names of his Republican challengers. Markey leads a “generic Republican party candidate” by a comfortable 50 to 29 margin, with a respectable 44 to 25 favorable to unfavorable ratio.

In New Hampshire, reception for a Scott Brown senate run is lukewarm. He has his lowest favorability on record, with 45 favorable compared to a significant 35 unfavorable. Voters are narrowly in favor of his run (40 for compared to 31 against). Even among Republicans, just 56% think it’s a good idea.

“It is still net positive, but a far cry from the heady days with percent favorables in the 50’s and 60’s for Brown,” said Koczela. “A large two-thirds (67%) say he is more closely associated with Massachusetts than New Hampshire, which isn’t helping matters.”

For the WBUR story on the poll, visit the website: http://www.wbur.org/2014/03/20/coakley-leads-governors-race

 About the WBUR Poll:

  • 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, commissioned the non-partisan MassINC Polling Group to survey 500 likely voters in the 2014 general election. Polling was conducted March 14-16, 2014.
  • Live telephone interviews were conducted via both landline and cell phone using conventional registration based sampling procedures.
  • The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 4.4 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence.
  • For the complete WBUR Poll report, visit www.wbur.org.

WBUR Poll: Massachusetts Voters Having Second Thoughts on Casinos and Marijuana

According to a new WBUR Poll released today, opinions about two key social issues—casino gambling and marijuana legalization—are changing in Massachusetts. The WBUR Poll finds casino support has dropped below 50 percent, with 46 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed. Conversely, support to legalize marijuana for recreational use has risen, with 48 percent supporting it, and 41 percent opposed.

The WBUR Poll of 500 likely voters, released today by 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, comes as advocate groups eye ballot measures on both issues. Advocates for marijuana legalization are pushing for a 2016 referendum, while gambling opponents are seeking a measure on the ballot this fall that would repeal the state’s casino law.

“Marijuana legalization is now narrowly favored in Massachusetts,” said Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group which was commissioned by WBUR to conduct the poll. “The shift in opinion here echoes national trends showing increased support for legalization.”

A survey last year by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 13-17, 2013 among 1,501 adults, found the majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. Local and national advocates hope to see Massachusetts join both Colorado and Washington State in legalizing use of the drug.

Unlike attitudes toward marijuana, casino support is suffering a dramatic decline. Four months ago, a poll from the Western New England University Polling Institute showed voters statewide supported casinos by a 60-33 margin (Nov. 2013). In January, the previous WBUR Poll suggested that support was waning. And now, today’s WBUR Poll results reveal an even larger drop; the three-point margin is within the poll’s margin of error of 4.4 percent.

Koczela says it’s difficult to say why public opinion is changing on casinos, but he points to a string of unflattering news stories about the companies vying for one of three casino licenses — and the state regulators reviewing their bids. WBUR Reporter David Scharfenberg conducted follow-up interviews with several poll respondents. He notes in his story for WBUR’s Morning Edition that for some voters, “bedrock concerns about the impact on poor people — and on broader communities — are a factor.”

About the WBUR Poll:

  • 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, commissioned the non-partisan MassINC Polling Group to survey 500 likely voters in the 2014 general election. Polling was conducted March 14-16, 2014.
  • Live telephone interviews were conducted via both landline and cell phone using conventional registration based sampling procedures.
  • The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 4.4 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence.
  • For the complete WBUR Poll report, including topline and crosstabs, visit www.wbur.org.

Help NPR With A New Website Design, And Earn A Gift In Return

NPR Digital Services is looking for local participants to give their thoughts on websites they are creating for member stations across the country. Fill out the form below, and the folks at NPRDS may contact you to come in for a short, 15-minute interview conducted on either March 21 or March 28 at their offices in Boston’s Seaport District.

NPR Kroc Fellow Gabrielle Emanuel

gabbyWe are pleased to welcome NPR Kroc Fellow Gabrielle Emanuel to WBUR.  She started reporting in our newsroom this week and will be here for three months.  On the fellowship, she has worked for NPR in Washington as an assistant producer on Weekend Edition and as a reporter on the National Desk.

Previously, Gabrielle was a Rhodes Scholar studying social policy at Oxford. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth in 2010 with a major in history. She worked for UNAIDS in Mali, on microfinance in India, and on access to higher education in Uganda. Gabrielle has also written a children’s book that is coming out in the fall.

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