A former newspaper scribe, he has collected a series of awards from the New England Newspaper & Press Association for pieces on politics, education and religion.
Scharfenberg, a Boston native, began his career at newspapers in Berkeley and Santa Cruz, California, where he won an award as the state’s best education reporter at a small to midsize newspaper. He worked as a regular freelancer for The New York Times for several years before moving on to jobs at The Providence Journal and The Providence Phoenix in Rhode Island.
Democratic candidates Joe Avellone, Donald Berwick and Juliette Kayyem trail in the polls, but are hoping for a bounce out of the state convention later this month.
Martha Coakley has a big lead on fellow Democrats, but Republican frontrunner Charlie Baker is narrowing the gap.
The survey of 504 likely voters found 52 percent in favor of a proposed ballot question on casinos and 39 percent opposed.
Reporter David Scharfenberg recaps the first full week of testimony in the corruption cover-up trial of the state’s ousted probation commissioner John O’Brien.
The trial of former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien ensnares a major elected official for the first time.
John Cremens says he inflated the interview score of the father of a state representative.
Edward McDermott says he gave the applicant high marks to please his then-boss, former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien.
Edward McDermott said in court Monday that he learned to “liberally” score job applicants preferred by his boss.
The move could be an early indication of a less-than-unified defense.
After years of cultivating the party regulars who will dominate the Democratic convention, Steve Grossman is hoping for a “catalytic” victory to kickstart his campaign.
On Monday, Marty Walsh will be sworn in as Boston’s first new mayor in two decades. His inauguration will mark a new beginning for the city and the region — but also an ending. WBUR’s David Scharfenberg looks back at the career and legacy of departing Mayor Tom Menino.
The Media looks to capture some of the Phoenix’s alt-weekly spirit.