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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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Boston Reverend: ‘Heartbreak’ In Ferguson

November 25, 2014

BOSTON — The Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, joins us from Ferguson, Missouri.

Baker Interview: On Immigration, Sex Assault On College Campuses, Tolls

November 25, 2014
Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, in the WBUR studios Monday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — We interview the governor-elect as he continues to staff his upcoming administration.

Rep. Kennedy Applauds Obama’s Immigration Order But Says More Needs To Be Done

November 21, 2014

BOSTON — Congressman Joesph Kennedy III, a Democrat who represents Massachusetts’ 4th district, spoke with WBUR.

Checking In On The 8-2 Patriots

November 18, 2014

BOSTON — For an update on how the New England Patriots season is going, ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

WBUR Analysts Payne, Domke Talk About Close Governor’s Race

November 05, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s political analysts Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne discuss results in the Massachusetts governor’s race.

Mass. Gaming Commission Chairman Discusses Victory For Casino Gambling Backers

November 05, 2014

BOSTON — Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, reacts to voters overwhelmingly rejecting a ballot question to stop the casino licensing process in the state.

Political Analysts Break Down Gubernatorial Race

November 03, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s political team — Democrat Dan Payne and Republican Todd Domke — joined Bob Oakes on Morning Edition to look back on the gubernatorial campaign and to look ahead to election day.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Widow Of Ted Kennedy, Shares Memories Of Menino

October 31, 2014
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D, Mass., right, admires a monument following the dedication of Pier 4 to Kennedy at the Charlestown Navy Yard in 2002. Kennedy is standing with his wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. (Lisa Poole/AP)

BOSTON — Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Ted Kennedy, speaks about her family’s relationship with Menino.

Roxbury Reflects On Menino’s Aim To Revitalize Dudley Square

October 31, 2014

BOSTON — There’s perhaps no other neighborhood that best represents Mayor Thomas Menino’s vision as the “Urban Mechanic” than Roxbury’s Dudley Square.

Mayor Walsh, Menino’s Successor, Reflects On Menino’s Political Legacy

October 31, 2014

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, the man who succeeded former Mayor Thomas Menino, remembers the late mayor and reflects on his political legacy.

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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