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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

As Lawyers Motion To Move Tsarnaev Trial For 3rd Time, Judge Pushes Back

January 23, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect suggest in a new motion that there’s now evidence the judge in the case was wrong to believe a fair trial for their client is possible in Boston.

Several Potential Jurors Appear To Pass Round In Boston Bombing Panel Selection

January 21, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

BOSTON — As jury selection proceeds in the terrorism trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 52 potential jurors have appeared in court to answer questions about whether they could fairly consider the evidence.

Screening Prospective Jurors In Tsarnaev Trial Proves Challenging

January 16, 2015

BOSTON — Twenty of the 40 jurors called back to court Thursday were interviewed individually and on the basis of questionaires they filled out last week.

Questioning Of Potential Tsarnaev Jurors Begins

January 15, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, is depicted with his lawyers, left, beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors at Boston's federal court on Monday. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

BOSTON — Who gets to ask the questions in this high-stakes proceeding may be as critical as the questions themselves, and it’s likely to be contentious.

Attorneys Begin Narrowing List Of Potential Tsarnaev Jurors

January 08, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors and defense attorneys have begun to narrow the selection of jurors for the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev Appears As Bombing Trial Opens

January 06, 2015

BOSTON — After a year-and-a-half of grieving, healing, investigating and legal maneuvering, the trial of the only living suspect in the Boston Marathon attack, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is underway.

What To Expect In The Trial Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

January 05, 2015
A motorcade carrying Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rolls away from federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after a final hearing before his trial begins Monday. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be chosen from a pool of 1,200. WBUR’s David Boeri is covering the trial and talks about what to expect.

Salvadoran Gang Members Seek New Life — With A Farm

December 19, 2014
One of Marvin Gonzalez’s gang members feeds chickens on a farm in Ilopango. (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)

A gang boss in El Salvador is looking for a way out — one that includes tomatoes and chickens.

Gang Violence Is Why Most Children Flee El Salvador, Survey Finds

December 17, 2014
Forensic workers lift the body of an alleged gang member into the bed of a truck in San Salvador, El Salvador, on March 7, 2014. (Esteban Felix/AP)

There are a number of reasons children give for leaving the Central American nation. But the predominant reason is escaping gang violence.

Brutal Gang Violence Reigns In El Salvador

December 16, 2014
In this March 7, 2014 file photo, a member of the Salvadoran National Police walks next to symbol of the Mara Salvatrucha gang painted on a wall during an anti-gang operative in San Salvador, El Salvador. Gang violence is prevalent in the small Central American nation. (Esteban Felix/AP)

The murder rate in the Central American nation has increased 50 percent this year. Also up: the number of Salvadoran children fleeing to the United States.

Another Day, Another Round Of Special Drug Court Hearings

October 18, 2012

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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
Out of the Air Force, Bulger came back to Boston and was involved in tailgating, the act of jumping onto the backs of trucks and stealing their content. (Courtesy of David Boeri)

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

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