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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

Emotional Hearing For Parole Board Head’s Judgeship

September 18, 2014

BOSTON — The first day of hearings on the governor’s choice of Joshua Wall to become a superior judge have generated strong emotions and dramatic testimony from a crowd of opponents and supporters.

Mass. Remembers Sept. 11 Attacks On 13th Anniversary

September 11, 2014

BOSTON — At the Boston Public Garden and the State House Thursday, ceremonies commemorated those who died in the terrorist attacks 13 years ago that started with the hijacking of two planes from Logan Airport.

Political Newcomer Healey Defeats Tolman In AG Primary

September 10, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s David Boeri reports on the 14-point victory of Democratic candidate Maura Healey for attorney general in the state primaries.

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Activists Who Blocked A Coal Freighter

September 08, 2014

FALL RIVER, Mass. — The trial was going to be the first use of the “necessity defense” by climate activists. The dropped charges were a surprise.

Canton Pharmacist Is First Charged In Connection With Meningitis Outbreak

September 05, 2014
Glenn Adam Chin, seen here on the left with his lawyer after an appearance in federal court in Boston Thursday, is the first person arrested in connection with a deadly meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — Glenn Adam Chin is a former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, which was linked to the 2012 outbreak that officials say sickened some 751 people and killed 64.

Market Basket Workers Move Quickly, Happily To Ready Stores

August 29, 2014
Market Basket meat manager Bob Dietz, of Methuen, Mass., center, raises his arms in celebration after watching a televised speech by restored Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas Thursday. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — Now that fire President Arthur T. Demoulas is back in charge, the same workers that virtually shut down all the stores are now trying to get them up and running as soon as possible.

Parole Board Chair Faces Staunch Opposition To Judgeship Nomination

August 28, 2014
Joshua Wall, during a 2008 trial in Boston (Ted Fitzgerald/AP, Pool)

BOSTON — Some big name criminal defense attorneys from Joshua Wall’s time as an assistant district attorney say that what prosecutor Wall did back then makes him unfit for a judgeship.

Growing Number Of War Correspondents Work For Themselves

August 26, 2014
This November 2012 file photo shows missing journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Syria. (freejamesfoley.org via AP)

BOSTON — In a world of outsourcing, freelance reporters and photographers have become our war correspondents. And it’s a buyer’s market.

Tsarnaev Friend Awaits Sentencing For Obstruction Of FBI Investigation

August 22, 2014

BOSTON — A second friend and former college classmate of suspected Marathon Day bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now awaits sentencing for obstructing the FBI’s investigation in its first few days.

Prosecution Criticized For Strategy In O’Brien Trial

July 28, 2014
Robert DeLeo (Eric J. Shelton/AP)

BOSTON — The biggest question at the end of the federal racketeering trial of three former Massachusetts probation department leaders circled around the speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo, and the government’s allegations that he was a central figure in the crimes committed by John O’Brien.

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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