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WBUR Wins Four PRNDI Awards

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) handed out its annual awards on June 27 at the organization’s annual conference in Salt Lake City. WBUR was honored with four PRNDI awards:

The awards included recognition for excellent journalism produced in 2014 in new arts and sports feature categories as well as or multimedia, nationally edited, and student work. The competition was fierce this year with over 1,100 entries from public radio newsrooms across the country. The complete awards list is on the PRNDI website.

Meet WBUR’s New Managing Editor Dan Mauzy

WBUR announced today the promotion of Morning Edition Senior Producer Dan Mauzy to the newly-created position of Managing Editor in the WBUR newsroom. In his new role, Dan will be managing newsroom operations during the day and guiding the work of WBUR reporters.

Dan_Mauzy-300px-130x130Dan has led WBUR’s Morning Edition team over the last three years as a gifted writer, creative and thoughtful producer, and a calm and decisive presence in the control room. He has played a key role in WBUR’s coverage of virtually every major news story over the last three years. In particular, his work on Morning Edition–and across other WBUR programs–during the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, was exemplary.

Dan first arrived at WBUR in 2010 as an associate producer on Radio Boston. He won praise for his work helping to evolve the show from a weekly to a daily program. Dan came to WBUR after getting his start in public radio at two staple shows, On the Media and StoryCorps.

Before radio, Dan worked as a newspaper reporter, and was the Santa Fe County Bureau Chief for the Rio Grande Sun in New Mexico.

Dan is graduate of Vassar College, where he majored in English and Mathematics. He has deep Massachusetts roots, having grown up in Stoneham and graduated from the Commonwealth School in Boston.

Lisa Mullins Named Host of WBUR's "All Things Considered"

WBUR announced today that award-winning journalist Lisa Mullins has been named the new permanent weekday host of All Things Considered.

Lisa_Mullins2Mullins is a highly-regarded, long-time public radio personality with roots in Boston. She began her career in journalism at WBUR in 1985, as host of Morning Edition. She went on to serve as anchor of PRI’s The World,  where she spent more than 15 years interviewing key figures on the international stage, including U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.  In 2012, Mullins was awarded the highly coveted ‘Gracie Award’ honoring women who have made major contributions to the field of programming and journalism.

“Having Lisa join the team signifies our commitment to exceptional journalism,” said WBUR Director of News and Programming Sam Fleming. “Simply put, Lisa is one of the great hosts in all of public radio. Her unique interview style and deep roots in Boston make her a terrific addition and I look forward to the many contributions she will make not only to All Things Considered but to our entire news operation at WBUR.”

“I can’t describe how thrilled and honored I am to be back home at WBUR in Boston,” said Mullins. “It’s a great privilege to work at a world-class news organization like WBUR, and I look forward to collaborating with the many extraordinarily talented people who contribute to All Things Considered.”

All Things Considered is the most listened to afternoon drive-time news program in the country. The show provides listeners a compelling mix of breaking news, in-depth interviews, commentaries, cultural reviews and offbeat features from NPR bureaus throughout the U.S. and around the world. The show airs on WBUR weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

On Point Live! Tom Ashbrook Interviews Cheryl Strayed

More than 500 On Point fans joined Tom Ashbrook on June 10th to welcome bestselling author Cheryl Strayed at the Paramount Theatre in Boston. Hosted by WBUR, this event, recorded live to tape for broadcast, focused on the themes of loss, career and family. Ashbrook smoothly transitioned the conversation from Strayed’s career as an author, to her role at home as a mother and even to her on air debut as co-host of the Podcast Dear Sugar.

OP LIVEWhen describing her early career as the Dear Sugar online columnist for she states, “I was writing essays about what it means to be human. Which is my subject.”

Ashbrook asked Strayed about the making of the movie “Wild,” based on her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. The book was originally optioned by its star, Reese Witherspoon who according Strayed “promised me that… the movie will end where the book does, which is a woman alone, without any money, without a man, without a home, without a job.” Strayed goes on to note that despite the lack of traditional success, she felt profoundly okay.

Although Strayed’s career was the main focus of the evening, the topics of grief and loss kept floating to the surface as the underlying motivation for Strayed’s intense empathy and ambition. “When my mom first died, I thought that I am going to go through a grieving process that will have an order and then there will be an end to it,” Strayed began. “What I had to accept was that there would never be an end to it. And that sounds horrible, right? But it’s actually incredibly liberating because actually what you realize is that we can live with our suffering. We can bear that thing that we thought we couldn’t bear.”

Watch the full interview here:

WBUR Poll: Low Support for Mass. Olympics 2024

A new WBUR Poll indicates meager support across Massachusetts for the idea of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games within the Boston region. However, support in the WBUR survey rises substantially under the scenario of Olympic venues spread across Massachusetts, rather than clustered around the city of Boston. For details and the complete poll results, visit Curt Nickisch’s story from WBUR’s Morning Edition.

‘You’re The Expert’ Debuts on WBUR

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, will launch a six-week pilot season of You’re the Expert, a new science and comedy program hosted by comedian Chris Duffy. The weekly one-hour show begins airing this week, Wednesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 6 at 6 p.m. EST.

Youre-The-ExpertEach episode of You’re the Expert is recorded in front of a live audience and features a guest expert in a specialized field, such as a doctor who studies Neanderthal DNA or a researcher who examines bacteria from the New York public transit system. A panel of comedians then uses questions and games to try and guess what the expert does and why his or her field is important.  In the premiere episode, comedians John Hodgman (author, actor, former Daily Show correspondent with a current cameo in Pitch Perfect 2), Wyatt Cenac (also a Daily Show vet with a Netflix stand-up special Brooklyn and recent cameos on Inside Amy Schumer) and Maeve Higgins (author of “We Have a Good Time, Don’t We?”) try to figure out what Dr. Julie Shah, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies.

“The show is a mix of learning and laughter. Our scientists are incredibly passionate about their findings, and they love playing straight man to the comedians – who in turn get a ton of great material to work with. This is the kind of combination that you only find on public radio,” said Duffy, who’s also the show’s creator.

“There’s an increasing appetite for comedy, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Chris and bring his style of smart entertainment to radio for the first time,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “Too often only a narrow community is aware of important research and discoveries. This show gives WBUR the opportunity to highlight some of the groundbreaking work being done by the brightest minds in science – research most people would never hear or know about otherwise. I’m confident the program will inspire curiosity among an entirely new audience.”

You’re the Expert began as a live show recorded and shared as a podcast. WBUR teamed up with comedian Duffy to bring the program to radio. The project was spearheaded out of the WBUR iLab, the station’s center for innovation, imagination and ideas. You’re the Expert is currently in its pilot season with an initial run slated for six-weeks on WBUR. It is scheduled to air weekly on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

The premiere episode was taped at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as part of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and the Cambridge Science Festival. For more information visit

Listen to the first episode:

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Listen to all the episodes on the You’re the Expert website.

Share Your Feedback: You’re the Expert is a pilot project in development at WBUR. We’d like your opinion as we continue to refine it. After you listen, please take WBUR’s You’re The Expert Survey.

WBUR Seeks Social Media Producer

WBUR is looking for a social media producer – a self starter who is as comfortable covering events via Snapchat as developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to grow and develop WBUR’s social networks and audience.

You’ll work with one of the biggest and best digital teams in the public radio system. Part of this job will also include developing storytelling techniques on these platforms and training others to use them. You’ll also work across the station on digital membership initiatives and help implement similar innovation.

Want to know more? Check out the job listing here.

-Tiffany Campbell, Managing Editor, Digital

WBUR Achieves Largest National Audience in Station History

National Ratings Data Showcases WBUR’s Role as a Top NPR Partner with Year-Over-Year Increases for Here & Now, On Point and Only A Game

WBUR, Boston’s NPR® news station, has earned its highest-ever national ratings for its signature programs, Here & Now, On Point and Only A Game. At a time when audiences have more options than ever for where and how to consume news and information, all three programs achieved year-over-year growth in both average quarter-hour listening (AQH) and cume, the total number of listeners in a week.*

“We’re thrilled to see that our dedication to exceptional journalism is resonating with listeners,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “Every day, WBUR producers and hosts are helping to shape the national conversation and, I believe, helping to create a civil discourse about topics that truly matter and make a difference in people’s lives.”

National success is not WBUR’s only calling card. As a local station, WBUR ranks as the fourth highest generator of listening to NPR programming overall, according to the most recent Fall 2014 ARA Audigraphics. That is, WBUR brings more listeners to NPR than all but three other stations, headquartered in significantly larger media markets: WNYC in New York City; WAMU in Washington, DC, and KQED in San Francisco.

Locally, WBUR has the largest radio newsroom in New England, and has continued to invest in local journalism, adding new digital producers and five new reporters over the last five years. Radio Boston, hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks, celebrates its 5th anniversary today as a daily local call-in newsmagazine. WBUR’s Morning Edition with Bob Oakes regularly ranks among the top-rated programs in the market.

A respected leader in the public radio system, WBUR produces more national NPR programming than any other station in the country. Taken together, Here & Now, On Point and Only A Game reach listeners in 91% of the United States. Some key highlights of the national data:

  • Here & Now, which WBUR has produced since 1997, expanded from one to two hours in July 2013 as part of a groundbreaking partnership between NPR and WBUR, marking the first time NPR has collaborated with a member station on a daily news program. Here & Now ranks #8 of the Top 20 leading programs in public radio. As compared to one year ago, the program is up 10% in AQH and 5% in cume year over year, totaling 811,200 in AQH and a 3,730,700 cume. For comparison, this cume is approximately the same size as the entire Boston radio market as measured by Nielsen, from Worcester to Southern New Hampshire to Plymouth. Broadcast live weekdays from 12 – 2 p.m. EST, Hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson update the program until 4 p.m. for different time zones on 405 stations across America, including eight of the Top 10 markets.
  • On Point, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, has shown steady growth over the last five ratings books. On Point boasted a dramatic 14% yearly increase in AQH and is up 10% in cume year over year. On Point is heard on 235 stations nationally, a 9% increase in carriage since last year, and reaches a cume audience of 1,761,900 with an AQH of 319,800. Additionally, the On Point podcast has the largest reach in WBUR’s podcast portfolio, with 1.7 million downloads per month. The show, which was born in the aftermath of NPR’s 9/11 special coverage, will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year.
  • Only A Game with host Bill Littlefield is also up, with an increase of 8% in AQH and 5% in cume year over year. The program, which airs once per week, has an AQH of 203,400 and a 344,400 cume on 195 NPR stations. Notably, Only A Game has seen dramatic growth in its podcast downloads, which are up 52% year over year.
  • The WBUR website at has enjoyed 20% audience growth year over year, making it one of the largest NPR member station websites in the country. This is in addition to millions of digital content consumers engaging with WBUR through apps like NPR One, Tune In, Stitcher and WBUR’s own app, as well as its podcasts.

“We believe there’s a huge appetite for public radio, but we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Kravetz. “WBUR is striving to lead a media revolution from a position of strength with radio at its core, adding significant online offerings, podcasts and more. We want people to discover and fall in love with WBUR on every platform. Our national success, with shows like Here & Now, On Point, Only A Game and Car Talk, helps make that possible.”

Strategically, WBUR has focused on the opportunities presented by digital disruption, offering audiences innovative ways to connect with its content. WBUR expanded its on-air programming with Here & Now to more markets in partnership with NPR. Online verticals have been developed, such as WBUR’s CommonHealth, The ARTery and Cognoscenti, WBUR’s ideas and opinions page at The station has also launched three new podcasts in the last year, including Dear Sugar with best-selling authors Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond; The Checkup, a partnership with CommonHealth and Slate; and The Finish Line with The Boston Globe, focused on the Boston Marathon bombing trial. WBUR has also increased its community engagement efforts, presenting more than 100 live events each year.


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WBUR Seeking Web Developer in New Role

WBUR, one of the largest and most innovative public media operations in the country, is seeking a developer in a newly created role who can help us tell stories, lead our technical team and continue our innovative track record of smart, exciting digital news and membership products.

It’s an exciting time to work at WBUR, where our growing digital team is reevaluating every aspect of our operation, everything from digital strategy to new products to how we tell stories. In this new role you would get to shape and direct our future. We’re working on big projects, building new site architecture around audio streaming and discovery, new apps and ways to experience audio online, meaningful digital membership and much, much more. We need talented, passionate people to help make that happen.

As a lead web developer, you’ll work with editors, reporters, producers and others across our operation  to build tools, shape our platform, and help organize and scale a growing digital team. You’ll work across project teams at WBUR to solve problems, determine project scope, help set schedules and deadlines, and oversee quality assurance. You will act as a subject-matter expert for project team members, helping to translate and bridge design, development, and production of websites and web-based applications to execute WBUR’s emerging digital strategies and goals. At WBUR, you’ll work on big, public-facing projects on a platform that people are passionate about.

Ideally, you like to tackle complex problems, and have experience working with responsive web design and front-end development; have an ability to translate technical details to a non-technical internal audience; have a commitment to user-centered design, web standards, usability and accessibility; and a passion for public media and journalism. WBUR is a WordPress shop; currently we’re evaluating new languages and frameworks to build even better experiences. Come join us!

For more details, please reach out to me directly or upload an application here.

– Tiffany Campbell, Managing Editor, Digital

“A Fear of Going to School” Wins Sigma Delta Chi Award

WBUR’s Asma Khalid, Shawn Bodden and George Hicks have been awarded the 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Digital Audio for their documentary, “A Fear of Going to School: Five Former Boston Students Reflect on Busing.”

For the story, the reporting team gathered a group of five former Boston Public School students to share their personal stories about what happened to them 40 years ago after “forced busing” or desegregation was implemented as a result of the 1972 Morgan V. Hennigan decision. Unlike other stories, the team wanted to hear what it would sound like if these former students were together and actually talking to each other.

The WBUR team will be presented with the award at an annual banquet at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Friday, June 26.

Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. The contest is open to any U.S. media outlet.




WBUR’s Bob Oakes Reports from Vietnam

Bob Oakes, host of WBUR’s Morning Edition, will be reporting from Vietnam for the next week. Oakes traveled overseas with two Boston-area veterans for the 40th anniversary of the United States evacuation of Saigon. This special series starts today and will air every day through the week of April 27th only on WBUR’s Morning Edition.

bob_oakes_squareMassachusetts sent thousands of its young men and women to Vietnam, serving a critical role in the war. The first and last United States military casualties were soldiers from Massachusetts. The lives of both of these men will be honored and profiled during this series. In addition, four Massachusetts veterans were among the final 50 at the embassy during the last days of the war. Two of those four, William Newell and John Ghilain, are returning to Vietnam for the 40th anniversary. This is the first time these marines will return to Vietnam since the fall of Saigon in April 1975.

Some highlights of “40 Years Later: A Return to Vietnam” include:

Friday, April 24: “Massachusetts Bookends the War, Part 1.” A story of Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr., the first man killed in the war.

Tuesday, April 28: Host Bob Oakes will interview Vietnam veterans William Newell and John Ghilain in front of the same embassy gate they defended 40 years ago.

Wednesday, April 29: “Massachusetts Bookends the War, Part 2.” WBUR explores the life and death of the last man to be killed in the war, Charlie McMahon.

40 Years later: A Return to Vietnam’ will have special features on WBUR’s website including photos and video. For more information, visit the series landing page at


WBUR Wins Five Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced that 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, was honored with five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

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

Each regional Murrow award advances to compete for the national Murrow awards. The winners will be announced in June.

WBUR & the 2015 Independent Film Festival

WBUR is proud to be a presenting partner again this year for the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFF), taking place from April 22-29. The IFF kicked off last night with the New England premiere of The End of the Tour, a biographical drama about journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) interviewing author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) for Rolling Stone magazine.

Lepiarz, Segal and Ponsoldt

Lepiarz, Segal and Ponsoldt.

WBUR Reporter Jack Lepiarz moderated the IFF Opening Night panel for a sold-out crowd at the Somerville Theater, featuring The End of the Tour‘s director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, 2013) and actor Jason Segel, who delivers a career-changing performance as Wallace.

Visit the IFF website to see the complete line-up of films screening this week. Up next for Team WBUR is Only A Game Host Bill Littlefield at the documentary, Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play at the Somerville Theater on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Plus: Don’t miss your chance to win passes to the IFF Closing Night film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl on WBUR’s Facebook page.

New associate producer named for WBUR’s Morning Edition

Qainat-KhanWBUR has promoted Qainat Khan to associate producer for WBUR’s Morning Edition. Previously, she worked as a News Desk production assistant. Qainat began her tenure at WBUR in January 2013, and in the last two years has assisted with various WBUR programs including Here & Now, Radio Boston, All Things Considered and the iLab’s Stylus project. Before joining WBUR, she worked as a production intern at StoryCorps in New York.

Qainat was born in Tanzania and grew up in Fresno, California. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in music from Colby College.

Overseas Adventure Travel pledges largest corporate challenge gift in station history

overseas-adventure-travelWBUR and Boston-based Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) announced their collaboration for WBUR’s annual spring fundraiser. OAT has pledged $600,000—the largest corporate challenge gift in WBUR history—which is guaranteed only if the station raises its $1.2 million goal from listener donations. In addition, OAT pledged $75,000 in matching dollars to be used during the fundraiser as campaign needs dictate.

“In the WBUR business model, corporate support and individual giving can work together to keep us strong,” said WBUR Station Manager Corey Lewis. “OAT is tapping into the passion the WBUR audience has for the service we provide to the community. And they’re inviting listeners to stand side-by-side with them for the station’s largest fundraising challenge ever.”

The world leader in small group travel, OAT regularly seeks out new adventures for both its business and its travelers. Their historic challenge gift reflects the owner’s belief that public radio at large, and WBUR in particular, plays a critical role in bringing the world to its audience through its in-depth coverage.

“We are proud to help fund global conversation in New England and across the nation through WBUR,” said OAT Vice Chair and Co-Owner Harriet Lewis. “My husband, Alan, and I are personally longtime supporters of public radio, but we also surveyed hundreds of OAT travelers to gauge their interest for this level of support. They showed great enthusiasm for our sponsorship and active engagement with WBUR. This is a win-win for everyone.”

About Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT): Established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) is the leader in small groups on the road less traveled.  OAT is part of Boston-based Grand Circle Corporation’s family of travel companies, which also includes Grand Circle Cruise Line and Grand Circle Travel.  OAT offers Americans aged 50 and older 44 culturally rich adventures in groups of just 10-16 travelers by land and 14-24 by small ship.  Destinations include Botswana, the Serengeti, India, Burma, China & Tibet, Vietnam, Thailand, Colombia, the Galapagos, Peru, Costa Rica, Iceland, Croatia, Italy, Turkey, Morocco, Israel and beyond.  Two-thirds of OAT travelers are women, while 35% of all travelers book as solos.  Since 1992, the organization’s charitable arm, Grand Circle Foundation, has donated or pledged more than $97M USD to more than 300 humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations worldwide, including 100 schools, in 50 countries.


WBUR Poll: Admitted Marathon Bomber should get life in prison, not death penalty

As the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev moves ahead, a WBUR Poll finds most Boston residents believe the admitted Boston Marathon bomber should receive life in prison instead of the death penalty if convicted. In a survey of 229 registered Boston voters, 62 percent said Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, while 27 percent said he should receive the death penalty.

WBUR Poll: Majority Oppose Boston Hosting 2024 Summer Olympics

A new WBUR Poll finds that opposition to hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston continues to snowball, with a majority of those surveyed saying they oppose the idea. A survey of 504 registered voters in the Boston area found that just 36 percent favor the idea of hosting the Olympics, while 52 percent oppose it.

These findings show further declines from previous WBUR Polls conducted in February (44 percent were in favor) and January (51 percent were in favor).

The MassINC Polling Group’s Steve Koczela, who conducted the WBUR Poll via a live telephone survey March 16-18, said it’s significant that Olympics support has continued to fall in March, even as the weather and operations of the MBTA, the area’s public transit system, have improved. For complete poll results, visit the WBUR website.

David Carr, ‘A Really Great Reporter,’ Recalled At WBUR Event

From left: Jill Abramson, Seth Mnookin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and WBUR's Christopher Lydon remember David Carr at BU Monday night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

From left: Jill Abramson, Seth Mnookin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and WBUR’s Christopher Lydon remember David Carr at BU Monday night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

By Louise Kennedy

Some of the many journalists inspired, goaded and mentored by David Carr gathered at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center Monday night to remember the New York Times media columnist, who died Feb. 12. WBUR hosted the event, which had originally been planned with Carr himself as the second installment of our event series “Fast Forward.”

Jill Abramson, the former Times executive editor who broke news with Carr at the first Fast Forward event, noted how eerie it was to return to the same stage without him. But she resisted any attempt to paint him as a larger-than-life saint.

“He was not Walter Lippmann,” Abramson said. “He was a really great reporter who covered the hell out of the area he knew best about.”

From left: Jill Abramson, Seth Mnookin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and WBUR’s Christopher Lydon remember David Carr at BU Monday night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

From left: Jill Abramson, Seth Mnookin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and WBUR’s Christopher Lydon remember David Carr at BU Monday night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Moderated by Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon and introduced by WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz, the discussion also featured Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates and MIT’s Seth Mnookin. Both credited Carr with helping them early in their careers and holding them to high professional standards. Just as important, they said, was his support and friendship in their lives outside work.

“He was my friend and I adored him. Like terribly,” Coates said. “And he’s gone.”

Pyxis Productions filmed the event for WBUR. Here’s the full video:

WBUR Announces ‘Finish Line: Inside the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial’ Podcast

WBUR is launching a podcast, in collaboration with the Boston Globe, that brings listeners an insider’s view of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s federal trial that begins this week for his alleged role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Finish Line

Starting today, WBUR Senior Reporter David Boeri will host a podcast with Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen called Finish Line – Inside the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial. Rather than a recap of ‘he said’ or ‘she said,’ the podcast features a lively discussion that will give listeners a real sense of the atmosphere inside the courtroom – the defendant’s moods, the lawyers’ strategy and the overall tone of the room.

“WBUR is delighted to team up with The Boston Globe and bring two great journalists together to cover this historic trial,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “David Boeri and Kevin Cullen are the dream team to take us behind the scenes to the complex inner workings of the court.”

Federal trial proceedings begin this week for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013 bombing. The podcast will update throughout the trial. Listeners can download the Finish Line podcast at or subscribe on iTunes.

Boeri has won numerous awards for his investigative journalism, including a national Edward R. Murrow award, and for his reporting on organized crime, legal issues and politics and corruption. He is the author of the e-book “Bulger on Trial: Boston’s Most Notorious Gangster and the Pursuit of Justice,” published in November 2013. His three decades of investigative reporting on the FBI and its corrupt relationship with James Whitey Bulger have won national recognition.

A columnist for the Boston Globe’s Metro section, Cullen was named a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his columns about the Boston Marathon bombing and the first responders. He was a member of the 2003 investigative team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal. He is co-author of the New York Times best seller “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.” His column appears Tuesdays and Sundays in The Boston Globe.

Jack Lepiarz named WBUR News Reporter

WBUR has announced the promotion of Jack Lepiarz from production assistant / fill-in reporter for Morning Edition to full-time news reporter in the WBUR Newsroom.


Since Sept. 2013, Jack has worked as a fill-in reporter, quickly proving himself nimble at covering a variety of topics from Occupy Boston and casino licensing, to the Tsarnaev trial and this winter’s transportation woes. He joined WBUR in Jan. 2010 as an intern, was hired as a freelancer following his internship, then brought on full-time as a production assistant in November 2011.

Jack brings a unique world view to his work. A native of Waco, Texas, he is the son of a circus performer and an anthropology professor. He spent his early years with the Big Apple Circus, and later joined his father as a performer on the Renaissance Faire circuit.

He holds a broadcasting degree from Emerson College, where he worked as an anchor, producer, and news director for WERS 88.9 FM, before joining WBUR.

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