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.
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.
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.
BOSTON — WBUR’s David Boeri reports on the 14-point victory of Democratic candidate Maura Healey for attorney general in the state primaries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOSTON — In a world of outsourcing, freelance reporters and photographers have become our war correspondents. And it’s a buyer’s market.
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.
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.
BOSTON — The special hearings involve evidence that may have been deliberately tainted by a chemist at the now-closed state drug lab.
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.
BOSTON — Witnesses also told state police that Annie Dookhan asked for specific drug samples by evidence control number, a distinct breach of protocol.
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.
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.
BOSTON — John Auerbach accepted blame for the failure to monitor, detect and report the mishandling of drug samples by a single state chemist.
BOSTON — The drug evidence mishandling scandal at the state crime lab in Jamaica Plain has led to the resignation of Commissioner John Auerbach.
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.
BOSTON — The new revelation raises the possibility of an enormous number of legal challenges from people convicted or awaiting trial in drug cases.
BOSTON — Officials are investigating allegations of deliberate mishandling of evidence by a woman who had worked for the lab for 10 years.
Newly obtained government documents show that Bulger started snitching on fellow criminals as early as the 1950s.