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David Boeri

Senior Reporter, WBUR

Radio reporter, writer, and former long-time television reporter at WCVB’s News Center Five, David Boeri is the 2012 winner of the National Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism, the New England Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism, the New England Associated Press award for hard news reporting, and a winner of the ACLU “Defender of Freedom” award for his work at WBUR.

He is the author of the e-book Bulger on Trial: Boston’s Most Notorious Gangster and The Pursuit of Justice published in November 2013.

Over his career, Boeri has won twenty-five national, regional and local awards for his reporting on organized crime, legal issues, the environment, politics and corruption. His three decades of investigative reporting on the FBI and its corrupt relationship with James Whitey Bulger have won national recognition. “David Boeri lived up to the expectation of the news media as a fervent watchdog over government” wrote the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been named “Boston’s Best Political Reporter’ and “Boston’s Best Reporter”.

His reporting has focused on legal and criminal issues, including the case of a murder confession coerced from a sixteen-year old Worcester girl, Nga Truong, who spent almost three years in jail awaiting trial before a judge threw the confession. After fighting a legal battle to obtain a police videotape of the alleged confession, Boeri aired the interrogation that led to the judge’s decision and the criminal charges to be dropped.

Earlier in his career as a writer, Boeri spent several years living with Eskimo hunters in Northwestern Alaska. People of the Ice Whale (E.P. Dutton; Harcourt, Brace) chronicled an endangered culture’s hunt for an endangered whale. His first book followed several years working as a commercial fisherman in Boston. He co-authored “Tell it Good-bye Kiddo”: The Decline of the New England Offshore Fishery.

Recent stories

Proposal For Muslim Cemetery In Dudley Meets Opposition From Residents

February 05, 2016
Dudley residents look on as attorney Jason Talerman, right, and civil engineer Imad Zrein present the Muslim cemetery plan for Corbin Road at a packed public hearing on Thursday evening. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A proposal to turn 55 acres of old farmland into a Muslim cemetery is facing strong community opposition.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts Remains Reticent As Usual At New England Law Visit

February 04, 2016

Not allowing questions from reporters and asking that students submit questions in advance, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts demonstrated once again why he has a reputation for never making any headlines outside the courtroom.

Court Begins Unsealing Documents In Tsarnaev Case

January 27, 2016
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, stands with his defense attorneys as his death sentence is read in federal court in Boston last May.(Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Hundreds of sealed documents regarding the Boston Marathon bombing were made public Wednesday — more than seven months after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for the 2013 attack.

As NBC Cuts Ties With Local Affiliate, WHDH Owner Says Not Without A Fight

January 08, 2016
The NBC logo at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in New York City. (Richard Drew/AP)

Owning and operating a station in Boston would mean making even more than having the affiliate, but WHDH owner Ed Ansin says this move is clearly not in the public interest.

Judge Steps Away From Gary Lee Sampson Resentencing Trial

January 06, 2016
In this 2004 file photo, Gary Lee Sampson, center, is escorted into Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Jim Cole/AP)

The move comes after U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf refused a request from prosecutors to recuse himself over a potential conflict of interest.

Even With Strong New Evidence, It Was A Struggle For Pittsfield Man To Get New Trial

January 06, 2016
Ronjon Cameron is now free, after the state high court overturned his conviction and prosecutors decided to drop the case. In his Pittsfield home, Cameron's table is full of documents and old newspapers he has collected as research for a book he is writing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“If you have a trial and things go wrong, once you’re convicted, undoing it is very, very difficult,” attorney Laura Edmonds said.

After A Years-Long Fight, With DNA Evidence At The Center, Ronjon Cameron Is Free

January 05, 2016
Ronjon Cameron, seen here in late December in his Pittsfield home, pores over DNA and legal documents, as well as old newspapers he has collected, as research for a book he is writing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Cameron had spent 12 years in prison after being convicted on rape charges. The state’s highest court overturned that conviction in 2015.

Philip Chism Convicted Of Murder, Rape Of Danvers Teacher Colleen Ritzer

December 16, 2015
Philip Chism, rights, stares straight ahead beside defense attorney John Osler as the jury reads the verdict in his trial at Salem Superior Court Tuesday. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle Tribune via AP/Pool)

A Salem jury rejected Chism’s lawyer’s defense that he was suffering from severe mental illness when he killed Ritzer and wasn’t criminally responsible for his actions.

Jurors In Philip Chism Murder Trial Resume Deliberations

December 15, 2015

Closing arguments in the trial of the Danvers teenager, who acknowledges raping and killing a high school teacher but claims he was suffering from acute mental illness, brought dramatic and emotional explanations of teacher Colleen Ritzer’s death from both sides.

Jury Deliberations Expected To Begin Soon In Philip Chism Murder Trial

December 09, 2015

Final witnesses for the prosecution may have cast significant doubt upon the defense’s arguments that the Danvers teen accused of raping and murdering his math teacher in 2013 is not criminally responsible for the killing due to mental illness.

Depp Gets Boost As Bulger, But ‘Black Mass’ Simplifies Boston Mobster’s Story

September 08, 2015
Actor Johnny Depp signs autographs for his fans as he arrives for the screening of the movie "Black Mass" at the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Friday. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

Two of Boston’s longest running stories and scandals have hit the Venice Film Festival. One of them, “Black Mass,” comes with a big star, big buzz and the name James “Whitey” Bulger.

Two Boston-Focused Films, ‘Spotlight’ And ‘Black Mass,’ Debut At Venice Film Festival

September 05, 2015
"Black Mass" team (from left, actors Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, director Scott Cooper and actor Joel Edgerton) arrive on the red carpet at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. "Spotlight," based on a Boston Globe investigation, is also debuting there. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

Two dark chapters in recent Boston history are on display this week at the Venice Film Festival, the world’s longest running film festival.

‘Spotlight’ Film, On The Boston Globe’s Church Abuse Exposé, Debuts In Venice

September 04, 2015
Michael Keaton as Spotlight team editor Walter Robinson, left, and Mark Ruffalo as reporter Michael Rezendes, in a still from the film "Spotlight." (Open Road Films)

The movie is set in late 2001 as investigative reporters for The Boston Globe secretly work to uncover the crimes of former priest John Geoghan — and soon find a much larger scandal.

Another Day, Another Round Of Special Drug Court Hearings

October 18, 2012

The special hearings involve evidence that may have been deliberately tainted by a chemist at the now-closed state drug lab.

Chemist At Center Of State Drug Lab Scandal Arrested

September 28, 2012
Annie Dookhan

The former state chemist at the center of a growing scandal about tainted evidence that has put thousands of drug cases in Massachusetts in jeopardy is now a defendant herself.

State Lab Chemist Told Police She Intentionally Falsified Test Results

September 27, 2012

Witnesses also told state police that Annie Dookhan asked for specific drug samples by evidence control number, a distinct breach of protocol.

Official: 1,150 Convictions Could Be In Question In Lab Scandal

September 25, 2012

The disclosure came on the same day a judge suspended the sentence of a Roxbury man whose case involved drugs handled by the chemist at the heart of the problems.

First Drug Conviction Vacated In Wake Of Drug Lab Scandal

September 20, 2012

David Danielli was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea after it was discovered that state chemist Annie Dookhan had tested the evidence used to convict him.

State’s Public Health Chief Resigns Amid Crime Lab Crisis

September 18, 2012

John Auerbach accepted blame for the failure to monitor, detect and report the mishandling of drug samples by a single state chemist.

Mass. Public Health Commissioner Resigns

September 17, 2012

The drug evidence mishandling scandal at the state crime lab in Jamaica Plain has led to the resignation of Commissioner John Auerbach.

State Chemist Possibly Mishandled Evidence In 34,000 Cases

September 12, 2012

State agencies and district attorneys on Wednesday will to try and clarify what happened at the troubled state crime lab that was shut down last month.

State Chemist In Closed Lab Handled 50,000 Samples

September 06, 2012

The new revelation raises the possibility of an enormous number of legal challenges from people convicted or awaiting trial in drug cases.

Closing Of Crime Lab Could Jeopardize Thousands Of Drug Cases

August 31, 2012

Officials are investigating allegations of deliberate mishandling of evidence by a woman who had worked for the lab for 10 years.

‘Whitey’ The Kid

May 30, 2012
Some basic criminal records in Massachusetts -- including mug shots -- are exempt from state public records law, according to recent rulings by the secretary of state. (Courtesy David Boeri)

Newly obtained government documents show that Bulger started snitching on fellow criminals as early as the 1950s.

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