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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.

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Cambridge Comedian Jimmy Tingle Makes Comic Sense

August 15, 2014
Jimmy Tingle (Courtesy jimmytingle.com)

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.

Week In Review: Minimum Wage, Opiate Addiction, Boston Olympics 2024

June 13, 2014
Children play on the Olympic rings in Eton Dorney, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts, combating opioid addiction and Boston as a possible host city for the 2024 Olympics. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind this week’s headlines.

Sports With Bill Littlefield: California Chrome, World Cup

June 11, 2014
A man performs outside Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

We discuss the news in sports this week, from California Chrome’s failure to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes last weekend, to the World Cup, which begins tomorrow in São Paulo.

Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Worcester Tech

June 11, 2014
President Barack Obama waves before boarding Air Force One on Wednesday, June 11 before traveling to Worcester, Mass. to deliver a commencement address. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Worcester Tech was one of the lowest performing schools in the state but has made an impressive turnaround.

Gov. Patrick Takes Steps To Combat Opioid Addiction

June 10, 2014
Hydrocodone pills, also known as Vicodin. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Gov. Deval Patrick announces new measures to fight the state’s opioid addiction crisis.

Week In Review: Parole, Scott Brown, Casinos, School Autonomy

June 06, 2014
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks after getting the endorsement from former New Hampshire governors, Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, not seen, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. (AP/Jim Cole)

The week’s top stories, from the state’s Parole Board decision to release a man convicted of murder as a juvenile to a new report recommending more autonomy for Boston Public Schools.

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 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.

The Race For The 6th District Gets Ugly

October 27, 2010

BOSTON — In the final days of any campaign season — after months of attack ads and dirty politics — there’s sometimes one race that raises the bar and offers a substantive and thoughtful debate. The 6th district is definitely not that race.

Candidates For Governor Have Their Final Say Before Election Day

October 26, 2010
Mass. gubernatorial candidates, clockwise, from front left, Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein, Republican Charles Baker, independent Tim Cahill, and incumbent Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, are shown before their debate on Monday. (AP)

BOSTON — The four candidates for governor of Massachusetts met last night in their final broadcast debate before Election Day, now just one week away. Despite a close race between incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick and Republican Charlie Baker, this final debate was a relatively tame affair.

Our Next Governor: On The Big Dig

October 20, 2010
Boston's Central Artery, in 1991, before the Big Dig put it underground (AP)

BOSTON — This is a debate that won’t go away in this election, and it’s hardly surprising. After all, the Big Dig was the largest public works project in the country. It cost billions of dollars, and became a sorry symbol of cost overruns, fatal construction flaws and lax — even reckless — over-sight.

Lottery Suspends Ads While AG Investigates Cahill’s Role

October 14, 2010
From left, gubernatorial candidates Republican Charles Baker and Independent Tim Cahill participate during a candidates' debate in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 4. (AP

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced she’s investigating the allegations swirling around Tim Cahill and state Lottery ads. Meanwhile, the Lottery office has decided to suspend the advertisements until the attorney general’s review is complete.

Will Rep. Tierney Face Political Fallout After Wife’s Guilty Plea?

October 06, 2010
A 1996 file photo of Rep. John Tierney and his then girlfriend, and now wife, Patrice Tierney. Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty Wednesday to to four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns for her brother, a federal fugitive. (AP)

BOSTON — Patrice Tierney looked tired and nervous as she sat before Judge William Young Wednesday in federal court. When Judge Young asked her why she was pleading guilty, she said quietly, “because I take full responsibility for what my part in this was.”

Menino, City Officials Visit Mattapan After Murders

September 30, 2010
A police officer walks up Woolson Street in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, near a house where five people were shot, including a toddler, on Sept. 28. (AP)

BOSTON — In the neighborhood where the Mattapan murders happened, city officials, including Mayor Thomas M. Menino, visited residents Wednesday to reassure them.

Paying for College

March 29, 2004

support wbur today 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 […]

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