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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

O’Brien Judge Splits Probation Case Into Two

April 04, 2014

BOSTON — O’Brien faces 30 counts of racketeering, conspiracy, mail fraud and bribery.

Reports Close Todashev Case, But Questions Remain

March 26, 2014
Ibragim Todashev, in a May 4 police mugshot provided by the Orange County Corrections Department in Orlando, Fla. (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. — WBUR’s David Boeri discusses two reports that clear an FBI agent of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev.

The Making Of LBJ’s Historic ‘We Shall Overcome’ Speech

March 14, 2014
President Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1965, to outline his proposals for voting rights for all citizens. (AP)

Forty-nine years ago, Richard Goodwin composed — in eight hours — President Johnson’s stirring call upon Congress to ensure the voting rights of black Americans.

Probation Case Judge Saylor Steps Aside

March 06, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for former probation boss John O’Brien asked Judge Dennis Saylor to step aside because they plan to call a former legal partner of the judge as a witness.

In Recusal Hearing, Probation Case Judge Explodes In Anger

February 25, 2014

BOSTON — The blowup caps weeks of argument by defense attorneys questioning whether Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV can command public confidence in his impartiality regarding the coming corruption trial of former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two other defendants.

Longtime Boston TV Anchor Chet Curtis Dies

January 23, 2014
Chet Curtis (Courtesy WCVB-TV)

Chet Curtis, a nightly news anchor for five decades in Boston, passed away late Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74 years old.

Questions Rankle Amid Long FBI Silence On Fatal Shooting

January 15, 2014
Abdul-Baki Todashev holds a photo he claims is of his dead son, Ibragim, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on May 30, 2013. The father, who says agents killed his son “execution style,” showed journalists 16 photographs of Ibragim in the morgue with what he said were six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of the head. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Questions still remain in Ibragim Todashev’s shooting — from the FBI’s use of deadly force to changing descriptions of Todashev’s alleged weapon.

Interrogation Turned Deadly: New Questions In FBI Shooting

January 14, 2014
Todashev and his wife, Reni Manukyan (Courtesy of Reni Manukyan)

BOSTON — In May 2013 a FBI agent fatally shot Ibragim Todashev during an interrogation at his Orlando home. The FBI said Todashev had attacked its agent, but the circumstances are still a mystery. A WBUR investigation provides new details and raises new questions about the interrogation that turned deadly.

Bulger Trial ‘Anticlimactic’ For Those Seeking New Information

December 27, 2013
In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger sits at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston Wednesday. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

BOSTON — The Bulger trial was “searingly painful” for the family of Bulger’s victims, but it was a disappointment for anyone who wanted the full truth about the relationship between Bulger and the FBI.

Richard Goodwin’s ‘Seat To The 60s’

November 22, 2013

A quick scan of Richard Goodwin’s home office reveals photos of him with JFK, RFK, LBJ, Jackie Kennedy and Fidel Castro.

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