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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.

Recent stories

After Long Island Shelter Closes, City Officials Search For Long-Term Solution

October 21, 2014

BOSTON — Pooja Bhalla, COO and nurse with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, says the cramped fitness center being used to shelter the 700 people forced out of the city shelter on Long Island is not a permanent solution.

Evan Falchuk: Seeking To Build An Independent Party

October 21, 2014
(Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

BOSTON — Independent Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk is having difficulty gaining traction in the polls.

Scott Lively: Running To Restore Biblical Worldviews

October 20, 2014

BOSTON — The election for Massachusetts governor is just about two weeks away, and the polls show that independent candidate Scott Lively has the most ground to make up.

WBUR Political Analysts Discuss Impact Of High Profile Visits In Governor’s Race

October 17, 2014

BOSTON — The governor’s race kicked into high gear this week with two national political heavyweights hitting the campaign trail.

One Last Harbor Tour For USS Constitution Before Restoration

October 17, 2014
The U.S.S. Constitution, or "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship that is still afloat, is towed through Boston Harbor past the financial district skyline with its topsails unfurled in August. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

BOSTON — Commander Sean Kearns says the feeling of taking the USS Constitution underway sends “chills” “up and down [his] spine.” He’ll take the warship out for one final sail before she is moved to dry dock to begin renovations scheduled to take up to three years.

Mass. Nurses Union Expresses Concerns Over Ebola Preparedness

October 16, 2014

BOSTON — Donna Kelly-Williams, president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, explains why she believes that Massachusetts is “not doing as well as we should be doing” in preparing hospitals to treat Ebola.

Harvard Law Professors Say School’s Sex Assault Policies Are Unfairly Weighted Against Accused

October 15, 2014
Harvard and its law school are among the six Massachusetts schools undergoing a federal sexual assault probe. Amherst College, Boston University, Emerson College and UMass Amherst made the list of 55 colleges and universities currently under scrutiny. (Chitose Suzuki/AP/File)

BOSTON — A group of Harvard law school professors say the school’s new policies for handling sexual assault are out of balance badly and are calling for changes.

Boston Reverend Discusses Arrest In Ferguson, Mo.

October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Rev. Osagyefo Sekou was charged with assaulting a police officer and was released Monday night. He joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

What A Boston Doctor Learned Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone

October 14, 2014
Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, back in Boston (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

We speak with Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, who traveled to Sierra Leone in August working as a WHO physician treating Ebola patients.

Patrick Discusses Gov. Race, Final Months In Office

October 07, 2014
Martha Coakley celebrates her Democratic primary win with Gov. Deval Patrick. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick tells WBUR’s Morning Edition why he supports Martha Coakley and discusses his priorities for his final months in office.

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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