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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

Ex-Priest Who Raped Boy Will Be Freed

October 02, 2015

Ronald Paquin, a former Haverhill priest who raped an altar boy will soon be free after spending more than a decade in prison.

Where Is Cardinal Bernard Law Now?

September 22, 2015
Cardinal Bernard Law leads a Mass celebrated in the Pope John Paul II's memory, at the St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome in 2005. Cardinal Law resigned in disgrace as archbishop of Boston over his role in the clergy sex abuse crisis. (Luca Bruno/AP)

When critics of the Catholic Church call for more transparency and accountability, they often point to Cardinal Bernard Law, who despite being accused of protecting pedophile priests from prosecution in Boston found a comfortable and influential second career at the Vatican.

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.

‘Juror 83′ Is First Tsarnaev Juror To Speak About Trial Experience, Death Penalty Decision

August 25, 2015
Kevan Fagan, 23, speaks about his experience serving on the jury in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Kevan Fagan, 23, told WBUR he would likely have changed his vote had he been aware of the Richard family’s opposition to the death penalty. He is now the first juror to agree to be named, have his picture taken and talk about the trial.

Hardwick Man Accused Of Starving And Beating His Son Is Ordered Held On Bail

August 19, 2015

A Hardwick man charged with beating and starving his 7-year-old son who is now in a coma will remain jailed pending a trial.

3 Months After Death Sentence, Judge Still Holds Tsarnaev Jury List

August 18, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands with his defense attorneys as a death sentence is read at the Moakley courthouse in Boston on May 15. The federal jury ruled that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Observers say Judge George O’Toole’s holding of the jury list for three months is unprecedented.

Newly Released Gardner Video Raises Questions About Initial Investigation

August 07, 2015
A screen grab from surveillance footage released Thursday of the night before the 1990 art heist at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Courtesy U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts via YouTube)

Did anyone at the FBI actually look at the video taken from the museum surveillance camera 25 years ago before someone saw it last year?

As Steel ‘Cliffs’ Rise In Boston, Resurgent Peregrine Falcons Circle City Skies

August 05, 2015
Peregrine falcons are landing on tall ledge tops around Greater Boston, where once they were nearly extinct. Here, an adult female perches on the StuVi2 Tower at Boston University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The growing falcon population marks not just resurgence, but a dramatic shift of habitat — to the city’s building ledges.

Former FBI Agent’s Murder Conviction Upheld

July 29, 2015

John Connolly, acclaimed as an FBI star in the war against organized crime and then disgraced and convicted as a member of James “Whitey” Bulger’s mob, will remain in prison.

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Lawyers Submit Appeal

July 27, 2015

Lawyers for the convicted gangster argued before a federal appeals court Monday that it should set aside his 2013 conviction.

Since February, DCF Had Been ‘Actively Engaged’ With Hardwick Boy Now In A Coma

July 24, 2015

The boy’s father is charged with child abuse, and the state’s child welfare agency is facing questions about whether it did enough to protect the boy.

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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