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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 O’Brien Trial Winds Down, DeLeo Again Front And Center

July 16, 2014

BOSTON — Jurors heard closing arguments Tuesday in the racketeering and fraud trial of former probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two top deputies.

Probation Corruption Case Will Go To Jury

July 14, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the charges against former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and his two co-defendants.

Prosecution, Defense Rest In Probation Corruption Trial

July 11, 2014

BOSTON — After putting 59 witnesses on the stand in the case against former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien, the prosecution rested its case Friday — and the defense immediately did the same.

Speaker DeLeo Scrutinized, But Not Charged, In Corruption Trial

July 10, 2014
Robert DeLeo (Eric J. Shelton/AP)

BOSTON — In the corruption trial of former state probation Commissioner John O’Brien, prosecutors have tried to show that House Speaker Robert DeLeo traded jobs for votes, a claim DeLeo denies.

Former Top Judge Grilled In Probation Case

July 03, 2014

BOSTON — The former judge who ran the Massachusetts Trial Courts is finding himself under attack in the corruption trial of the state’s former probation commissioner

One Last Elevator Ride Down: Cambridge High-Rise Jail Is No More

June 30, 2014
Sheriff Peter Koutoujian (in suit) escorts the final inmate from the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge. (Courtesy of Middlesex Sheriff's Office)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A high-security weekend operation has emptied the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge of all its inmates.

O’Brien Corruption Trial Resumes Amid Tensions Over Timeline

June 27, 2014

BOSTON — There is growing tension between the judge and prosecutors about how long the trial of former state Probation Commission John O’Brien is taking.

Jurors Hear Phone Messages Prosecutors In Probation Trial Say Are Evidence Of Corruption

June 20, 2014

BOSTON — Jurors at the corruption trial of former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien on Thursday heard messages left on a home answering machine 14 years ago that prosecutors claim are evidence of a job rigging scheme.

Judge: Oath Of Citizenship Cannot Be Used Against Tsarnaev

June 19, 2014
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect at large, sought by police in connection to the Boston Marathon bombings. (FBI)

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys objected to the government’s listing of “betrayal of the United States” as an aggravating factor.

O’Brien’s Lawyers Cross-Examine Key Government Witness

June 13, 2014

Lawyers for former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and his co-defendants have launched a two day assault on the character and motivation of a key government witness.

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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