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Bob Oakes

Host, Morning Edition, WBUR

Bob Oakes has been WBUR’s Morning Edition anchor since 1992. He is one of the most well-known and respected news people in New England, with a 20-year career in radio broadcasting, including ten years with Boston’s all-news commercial radio station WEEI and coverage of national issues for the CBS Radio Network.

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Freed Journalist In Good Health, Father Says

August 25, 2014

BOSTON — The father of Peter Theo Curtis told WBUR that he’s been told his son is in good health and will be transported to Tel Aviv.

Former State Senator Forms New Group To Draw Beacon Hill’s Attention To Environmental Issues

August 15, 2014

BOSTON — Founder of a new political group aimed at putting pressure on Massachusetts legislators to address environmental issues discusses his group’s mission.

Analysts Say Scott Brown Must Galvanize GOP Base In N.H. Senate Race

August 15, 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, in May. (Jim Cole/AP)

STRATHAM, N.H. — A series of uncharacteristic missteps have hampered Brown, causing some to wonder if the Republican U.S. Senate Primary in New Hampshire, now less than a month away, is more competitive than it might appear.

Game Theory Expert Analyzes Market Basket Conflict

August 12, 2014

BOSTON — Duke University economics professor and game theory expert David McAdams says this is a lose-lose game.

Gaming Expert Discusses Saturation In Casino Market

August 12, 2014

BOSTON — Rev. Richard McGowan, an economics professor at Boston College and an expert in gambling, says Boston is the last major market in the Northeast that hasn’t been tapped.

Reeling With A Real Skyline: Fishing On The Charles

August 08, 2014
It was a slow day on the Charles River when we visited urban fisher Greg Miner. All we lured in was a yellow perch, but Miner says the river is home to large and smallmouth bass, calico bass, carp and more. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Greg Miner, who runs a one-boat charter fishing company, says one of the biggest draws for his customers is to “experience the feeling of being surrounded by the city on the level with the water.”

Market Basket Employee: Protesters Won’t Work For Anyone But Arthur T.

July 31, 2014
Market Basket employees protested outside of the Somerville store near Union Square Tuesday afternoon. At a rally in Tewksbury Monday, protest organizers urged employees to take their fight to have Arthur T. reinstated back to their own stores. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Company executives are upping the ante for store employees who have been protesting, saying employees can come back to work after the weekend without penalty. And if not, their jobs could be posted.

Family-Run Businesses, Like Market Basket, Face Unique Challenges

July 30, 2014

BOSTON — A Harvard expert on the dynamics of family-run businesses dissects conflict between Arthur T. Demoulas and his rival cousin currently in control of the chain, Arthur S.

Speaker DeLeo: Probation Verdict Confirms I Wasn’t Involved In Any Impropriety

July 28, 2014

BOSTON — The jury concluded that the government did not prove that the defendants had bribed public officials — including Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

How Will Probation Verdicts Impact Beacon Hill?

July 25, 2014

BOSTON — Former State Probation Commissioner John O’Brien faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of federal racketeering and mail fraud charges in a case that accused him and two ex-employees of rigging the department’s hiring practices to favor politically connected applicants over more qualified ones.

New Doc Follows Barney Frank’s Final Days In Congress

April 24, 2014
Rep. Barney Frank is surrounded by members of the media after announcing he will not seek reelection in 2012. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

BOSTON — Documentary filmmakers Shelia Canavan and Michael Chandler say when they arrived in Washington to begin filming in 2012, they were struck by the demeanor of Rep. Frank, who was then in his final term.

‘Intent To Deceive’ Explores Some Of The Art World’s Best Fakes

January 07, 2014

The new exhibit set to debut in Springfield puts masterpieces by the likes of Picasso and Matisse alongside “ingenious fakes that confounded the experts.”

Defense Attorney: Drug Lab Report Has Inconsistencies

August 21, 2013

BOSTON — Tom Workman says more needs to be done to make sure people’s rights aren’t being violated.

Rose Kennedy: The ‘Courageous’ Mother Of Camelot

July 08, 2013
Rose Kennedy waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 after she was introduced with her son, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the party’s presidential nominee. (AP)

BOSTON — The new book “Rose Kennedy: The Life And Times Of A Political Matriarch,” out July 15, uses newly released documents and letters to tell the story of the Kennedy matriarch.

Lawmakers To Hold Hearings On Crime Lab Crisis

September 18, 2012

BOSTON — State lawmakers are looking to hold hearings as early as next Wednesday to try to get to the bottom of what happened at the state’s drug lab.

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