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Anthony Brooks

Co-Host, Radio Boston, WBUR

Anthony Brooks brings more than 25 years of experience in public radio, working as a producer, editor, reporter and host for WBUR and NPR. For years, Brooks has worked as a Boston-based reporter for NPR, covering regional issues across New England, including politics, the economy, education, criminal justice and urban affairs. During the 2000 presidential election, he was one of NPR’s lead political reporters, covering the campaign from the early primaries through the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore ruling. His reports have been heard for many years on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Beyond NPR, Brooks was also a senior producer on the team that launched “The World” for Public Radio International. He was also a senior correspondent for InsideOut Documentaries at WBUR. His piece “Testing DNA” and “The Death Penalty-InsideOut” won the 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Award for best radio feature. Over the years, Brooks has won numerous other broadcast awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Regional Broadcasters Award, the AP Broadcasters Award, the Ohio State Award and the Robert L. Kozik Award for environmental reporting for his Soundprint documentary, “Chernobyl Revisited.”

Brooks also has been a frequent fill-in host for On Point and Here & Now, produced by WBUR, and for NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

In 2006 Brooks was awarded a Knight Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he spent a year of sabbatical studies focusing on urban violence and wrongful convictions.

Brooks grew up in Boston, Italy and Switzerland, but he says none of those places have anything over Somerville, Mass., where he currently lives.

Recent stories

Week In Review: Walsh Sworn In, New BPD Leaders, Keolis Rail Deal

January 10, 2014
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Austin Collie (10) run during a stretching session before NFL football practice at the team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The Patriots are scheduled to host the Indianapolis Colts in an NFL football divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 11. (AP)

The week in the news: the new mayor, new leadership in the police department, and a French company takes over commuter rail.

Littlefield On Sports: Bad Refs, The Last Hurrah For The BCS

January 08, 2014
Florida State's Dorian Earley celebrates after the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Auburn Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Florida State won 34-31. (AP)

We’ll take a look at the last (greatest?) BCS championship football game and the performance of NFL refs this year.

Enter Mayor Marty

January 06, 2014
New Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivering his inaugural address at Boston College. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Martin J. Walsh was sworn in today as Boston’s 48th mayor — the city’s first new chief executive in 20 years. Walsh promised to listen, and to be a mayor to every neighborhood, race and religion in Boston.

As The Old Colony Projects Come Down, A Look At Southie Then And Now

April 01, 2013
Black students of South Boston High School climb into the buses drawn right up to the school doors guarded by police, that will take them home after classes, May 30, 1975. (AP)

We visit South Boston with author Michael Patrick MacDonald as a crew demolishes the last of the Old Colony housing project buildings.

After Iowa, GOP Candidates Hit The N.H. Trail

January 04, 2012
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Ariz. Sen. John McCain campaign together in Manchester, N.H., Wednesday. (AP)

BOSTON — The Republican presidential candidates moved from Iowa to New Hampshire on Wednesday. We have reports from the Romney and Gingrich camps.

A Radio Boston Thanksgiving Feast

November 22, 2011
Pumpkin cannelloni from chef Jodi Adams at Rialto in Cambridge. (Jason M. Breslow/WBUR)

Four Boston chefs stop by Radio Boston to share four Thanksgiving dishes for anyone looking to break away from turkey day tradition.

Students Tackle High College Costs By Starting At Community College

April 27, 2011
The entrance to Bunker Hill Community College (CC Chapman/Flickr)

At more than $40,000 a year the price tag at many private colleges is beyond the reach of many middle class families. In Massachusetts, a number of students are enrolling in community colleges first and getting free tuition at UMass once they transfer.

A Family Loses A Dream While Investors Cash In

December 20, 2010
Pierre Solon and Katty Famila's Hyde Park live in an apartment in Mattapan after they foreclosed on their Hyde Park home. (Anthony Brooks for WBUR)

BOSTON — This year, lenders have seized more than 11,000 properties in the state, including the former home of a low-income Boston family that bought a house and struggled to meet the payments, only to have the bank foreclose and resell it for less than a fifth of the original price.

Mass. Banking Chief Tapped For Key Federal Role

November 19, 2010

BOSTON — Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks Steven Antonakes will be heading to Washington to help set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the federal watchdog agency Congress created in the wake of the financial crisis.

Baker And Patrick Tout Different Strategies For Improving Mass.

October 28, 2010

BOSTON — On Wednesday Patrick and Baker presented two views of the state that couldn’t be more different. They have five days left to convince voters which view is correct.

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