WBUR Staff

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.

Recent stories

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.

Group Urges Sen. Warren To Run For President In 2016

July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Members of The Ready For Warren group came out to see Warren at one of her Michigan stops.

Rep. Lynch Travels To Central America Over Child Migrants Flooding Border

July 18, 2014

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is part of a bipartisan congressional delegation traveling this week to Central America to look into what’s causing child migrants to flood the border.

Wynn Exec: International Tourism A Focus

July 17, 2014
A rendering of the proposed casino.

BOSTON — Robert DeSalvio, who would be the CEO of the proposed Everett casino, says the power of the Everett proposal rests in the Wynn name.

Chairman Of Committee Exploring Boston Olympic Bid Discusses Split Over Hosting

June 27, 2014

BOSTON — John Fish, chairman of the committee exploring a potential Boston bid for the 2024 summer Olympics, discusses new poll showing state residents are split over hosting.

New Vision Or Just New Style? Boston Catholics Reflect On The Church Under Francis

June 27, 2014
Pope Francis leaves St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 14. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

BOSTON — Some say Pope Francis is offering up a bold new vision for the Catholic Church. Others say he’s offering the same longtime church message, only in a different package.

Veterans Services Officer Discusses Investigation Into Brockton VA Facility

June 24, 2014

BOSTON — Federal investigators are looking into two cases in which mental health patients were neglected at a Veterans Affairs facility in Brockton.

Search For Daughter’s Liver Donor Thrust Charlie Fiske Into A Lifetime Of Service

June 24, 2014
Charlie Fiske just returned from a stint with the Peace Corps in Malawi. (Courtesy)

BOSTON — As a young father, Charlie Fiske led the search for a liver donor for his infant daughter, back before organ banks existed. His efforts are credited with the creation of the National Organ Transplant Bank.

Major General Discusses Mass. National Guard’s Role In Afghanistan

June 23, 2014

BOSTON — A Massachusetts National Guard company is helping to wind down military operations in Afghanistan, its third mission abroad. Maj. Gen. Scott Rice says the deployments have caused stress.

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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