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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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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.

WBUR Political Analysts Discuss Final Days Of Mass. Governor’s Race

October 29, 2014

BOSTON — In a race that’s too close to call, Coakley and Baker are both working to highlight their differences and disagreements. Democratic strategist Dan Payne and Republican strategist Todd Domke discuss the final days of the race and Tuesday’s emotional debate.

Boston Celtics Hope For More As Season Opens

October 29, 2014
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart dribbles during a preseason game against the New York Knicks Oct. 8 in Hartford. (Jessica Hill/AP)

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics are back at it Wednesday night, hosting the Brooklyn Nets in their season opener at the Garden.

Democrat Seth Moulton Discusses 6th District Race

October 28, 2014
(Joe Spurr/WBUR)

SALEM, Mass. — In one of the nine congressional elections in Massachusetts this year there is no incumbent on the ballot.

Republican Richard Tisei Discusses 6th District Race

October 27, 2014
Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei smiles at supporters in Wakefield, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, after announcing he will run for the state's 6th Congressional District seat. (Elise Amendola/AP)

WAKEFIELD, Mass. — One of the closest congressional contests is on the North Shore, where incumbent John Tierney has already lost a primary contest. WBUR speaks with Republican Richard Tisei, who is vying for the seat.

Coakley And Husband Discuss Motivation During Long Campaign

October 24, 2014
Democratic governor's candidate Martha Coakley and her husband, Tom O'Connor, speak with WBUR's Bob Oakes from their Medford home this week. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MEDFORD, Mass. — WBUR’s Bob Oakes sat down with Attorney General Martha Coakley and her husband, Tom O’Connor, at their home in Medford to conclude our ongoing series of conversations with gubernatorial candidates.

WBUR’s Political Analysts Discuss Latest In Mass. Governor’s Race

October 23, 2014

BOSTON — The race for Massachusetts governor is a statistical dead heat with less than two weeks to go in the campaign. WBUR’s political analysts give their perspectives on the race’s latest developments.

Charlie Baker And Wife Discuss Governor’s Race In Dead Heat

October 23, 2014

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. — As part of our ongoing series of conversations with the gubernatorial candidates, WBUR’s Bob Oakes speaks with Republican Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren, in the kitchen of their Swampscott home.

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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