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Anthony Brooks

Senior Political Reporter, WBUR

Anthony Brooks brings more than 30 years of experience in public radio, working as a producer, editor, reporter and host for WBUR and NPR.

Before becoming WBUR’s senior political reporter, Brooks was co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s local news and talk show. For many years, Brooks 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 Vice President Al Gore’s 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 documentary, “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 NPR’s On Point and Here & Now, produced by WBUR.

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, where he currently lives.

Recent stories

Former Gov. Weld Will Run For VP On Libertarian Ticket

May 19, 2016
Former Gov. Bill Weld arrives at now-Gov. Charlie Baker’s election night victory party on Nov. 4, 2014. Weld will run for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Former Gov. Bill Weld is teaming up with Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico.

WBUR Poll Finds It’d Be A Close Clinton-Trump Contest In New Hampshire

May 18, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, in file photos (Patrick Semansky, left, and Julio Cortez/AP)

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 2 points among likely voters. Both are unpopular. Bernie Sanders leads Trump by a 16-point margin.

Trump Visits Rhode Island Ahead Of Tuesday’s Primary

April 26, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets people in the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally Monday in Warwick, R.I. (Steven Senne/AP)

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump visited Rhode Island on Monday ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday.

Verizon Workers In Boston Join Tens Of Thousands On Strike

April 13, 2016
Verizon workers picket outside one of the company's facilities on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

At issue are proposed cuts to pension benefits and changes to workplace rules that Verizon says are needed to keep the company’s landline business competitive.

‘A Much More Exciting Team’: Optimism Pervades Even As Red Sox Lose Home Opener

April 12, 2016

With their new pitching ace, David Price, on the mound for the team’s 105th home opening game Monday, the Red Sox lost to the undefeated Baltimore Orioles 9-7.

In Key Senate Race, N.H.'s Kelly Ayotte Faces Challenges From The Left And The Right

April 05, 2016
Democrats are hoping they can win control of the Senate, where Republicans hold a four-seat majority and face the challenge of defending 24 seats in November. Among the key races is the contest in New Hampshire, where popular Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, left, faces a series of threats, including a challenge from popular Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, right. (AP)

Popular Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is facing a series of threats: a challenge on the left from popular Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, and a challenge on the right from within her own party. And then there’s the question of Donald Trump.

Sanders Got His Start In Burlington, And His Policies Continue To Shape The City

March 18, 2016
Bernie Sanders is seen in September 1981, six months after he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont. It's where Sanders' political career began -- and where his policies continue to shape the city. (Donna Light/AP)

While the Democratic nomination might be a long shot for Sanders, he’s still shaping the race pushing for progressive policies. WBUR’s Anthony Brooks takes a look at the city where those policies took shape.

Led By Romney, Many In GOP Try To Stop Trump — But To What Effect?

March 09, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday evening, after he won in Hawaii, Michigan and Mississippi. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

“Mitt Romney’s work has sort of backfired in some ways,” said state Rep. Geoff Diehl, co-chair of the Trump campaign in Massachusetts.

Hillary Clinton Narrowly Defeats Bernie Sanders In Mass. Democratic Primary

March 02, 2016
Clinton reacts to supporters as she arrives to address supporters at her Super Tuesday election night rally in Miami. The Democrat won in several states, including in a close race in Massachusetts. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

After winning several states on Super Tuesday, Clinton now has a big lead in delegates. However, Sanders told WBUR his campaign will continue with plans to battle on right through to the convention in July.

High Turnout Predicted For Mass. Presidential Primary

March 01, 2016

Massachusetts is one of several states holding a primary or caucus this Super Tuesday, and there’s a huge share of delegates at stake.

With Election Day Looming, Gubernatorial Candidates Make Closing Arguments

October 27, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe, Pool/AP)

For the latest on the governor’s race, we talk with WBUR’s Asma Khalid, Republican strategist Jeff Stinson and former Democratic state treasurer Shannon O’Brien.

Week In Review: Politics, Menino, Surgeon General

October 24, 2014
Thomas Menino at the city’s most recent homeless census, in December. (Jesse Costa/WBUR File Photo)

WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer and Anthony Brooks speak with Radio Boston’s week-in-review panel.

Littlefield On Sports: Bill’s New Book Of Athletic Verse

October 22, 2014
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey is tagged out by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Posey tried to score from second on a hit by Pablo Sandoval. (AP)

Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield talks about “Take Me Out,” his new illustrated book of verse on sports.

Littlefield On Sports: MLB Playoffs, Head Of The Charles, Bikes In Afghanistan

October 15, 2014
Rowers compete in the 2013 Head of the Charles. (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, joins us to talk about the world of sports.

Gov. Patrick On Ebola: ‘No Cause For Alarm’ In Massachusetts

October 14, 2014
A hazmat worker cleans outside the apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. (LM Otero/AP)

State health and government officials are working hard to tamp down fears about the global Ebola crisis one day after five people arrived at Logan Airport from Dubai with flu-like symptoms.

Cambridge Comedian Jimmy Tingle Makes Comic Sense

August 15, 2014
Jimmy Tingle performs onstage. (Courtesy Jimmy Tingle)

Jimmy Tingle talks about his brand of news commentary and political comedy.

Week In Review: Market Basket, Income Inequality, Politics

August 15, 2014
Boston Red Sox greats Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP)

We’ll talk about Market Basket, the mayoral task force on income inequality, the race for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, and the sales tax holiday.

Littlefield On Sports: Red Sox Hall Of Fame, College Athletes

August 13, 2014
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens during a ceremony prior at Fenway Park in 2013. On Thursday, Celemens will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. (AP/Elise Amendola)

Bill Littlefield breaks down this week’s sports news, from the reconfigured Red Sox to Roger Clemens’ final acceptance into a Hall of Fame (but not the one in Cooperstown) to paying college athletes.

Week In Review: Market Basket Protests, Federal Convictions, Anger Over Immigration Plan

July 25, 2014
Market Basket employees face an ultimatum to return to work today without fear of penalty. Market Basket employees are pictured here on July 25 in Haverhill in a show of support for Arthur T. Demoulas, the former chief executive of the supermarket chain.(AP)

Our news roundtable goes behind the week’s headlines.

Week In Review: Patrick’s Child Aid Plan, BRA Audit, Haystack

July 18, 2014
Zelda holds up a sign as she joins demonstrators outside the Mexican Consulate Friday, July 18, 2014, in Houston. Prospects for action on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will go into its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas. (AP)

Governor Patrick makes an impassioned plea today for the state to help the flood of children crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border. Plus, we’ll take a look at the BRA’s books and a new parking app.

Paying for College

March 29, 2004

Colleges and universities are sending high school seniors fat and thin envelopes this week. Now parents must figure out how they are going to pay for their children’s education. Adding up tuition, books, and room and board, for the 2003-2004 year the average private college cost $29,500. For many schools, this number was closer to […]

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