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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 25 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 16-year-old Worcester girl, Nga Truong, who spent almost three years in jail awaiting trial before a judge threw out 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

Catherine Greig, Whitey Bulger’s Longtime Girlfriend, Gets Additional Jail Time

April 29, 2016

She’ll be spending 21 additional months in prison due to a crime committed in court.

Ex-FBI Agent Charged With Perjury Amid Bulger Trial To Plead Guilty

April 27, 2016
Robert Fitzpatrick walks from federal court in Boston in April 2015, accompanied by his wife, Jane. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Robert Fitzpatrick was once heralded as the agent who tried to blow the whistle on government corruption involving “Whitey” Bulger.

Brady Unlikely To Reverse U.S. Appeals Court’s ‘Deflategate’ Decision, Legal Experts Say

April 26, 2016

WBUR’s David Boeri speaks with legal experts who suggest Tom Brady will likely have to serve his four-game suspension due to the latest court’s “Deflategate” decision.

In Dudley, Debate Continues Over Proposed Muslim Cemetery

April 08, 2016
The barn on the Dudley, Massachusetts, property the The Islamic Center of Greater Worcester wants to turn into a cemetery. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Islamic Center of Greater Worcester is seeking a special permit from the town to turn 55 acres of old farmland into a burial ground, but has run into heated opposition.

First Mass. Juvenile Convicted Of Murder As An Adult Seeks Parole In Wake Of Law Changes

March 30, 2016

In an emotional hearing Tuesday, Rod Matthews, 43, argued he is not the same person he was at 14 when he killed his classmate Shaun Ouillette with a baseball bat.

30 Years After Killing A Classmate With A Bat, Rod Matthews Asks For Parole

March 29, 2016

In an emotional hearing Tuesday, 43-year-old Rod Matthews argued he is not the same person he was at 14 when he killed his classmate Shaun Ouillette with a baseball bat.

In Bid For New Trial, Attorneys For Bulger Say Next Step Is Supreme Court

March 06, 2016

Attorneys for the imprisoned mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger say their next step is the Supreme Court now that a federal appeals court has rejected Bulger’s bid for a new trial.

Battle Continues Over Proposed Muslim Cemetery In Town Of Dudley

March 04, 2016
Representing the Islamic Center of Greater Worcester, attorney Jason Talerman (standing) addresses the Dudley Zoning Board in front of a packed room Thursday night. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The town’s Zoning Board rejected an initial plan presented by the Islamic Center of Greater Worcester. But the center argues the town cannot deny a permit.

Cardinal O’Malley Praises ‘Spotlight’ Film Following Best Picture Oscar

March 01, 2016
Cardinal Sean O'Malley (Alessandra Tarantino/AP/File)

“‘Spotlight’ is an important film,” the cardinal said Tuesday, repeating a statement he released in January.

In Mass., Many Small Gas Leaks Add Up To Big Consequences For The Environment

February 29, 2016
“The gas company is working right up ahead of us right now repairing a leak,” said Bob Ackley, of Gas Safety USA, as he drives a van that is equipped to detect and map methane leaks. Most of the small leaks Ackley detects pose no danger, but unseen and strikingly common, experts estimate they account for 10 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted in the state. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Most of these small leaks pose no danger, all unseen but strikingly common, experts estimate they account for 10 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted in the state.

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.

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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