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David Scharfenberg

Former Staff
Reporter, WBUR

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.

Recent stories

Can An Outsider Win This Mass. Governor’s Race?

June 02, 2014
Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, from left: Juliette Kayyem, Joseph Avellone and Don Berwick. (Elise Amendola, Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON — 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.

Coakley Still The Frontrunner In Governor’s Race, WBUR Poll Shows

May 22, 2014
Democrat Martha Coakley bests Republican frontrunner Charlie Baker in a hypothetical general-election match up 39 to 30 percent, down from the 15-point edge she had on Baker in a WBUR survey in March. (AP)

BOSTON — Martha Coakley has a big lead on fellow Democrats, but Republican frontrunner Charlie Baker is narrowing the gap.

Voters Want To Weigh In On Casino Gambling, WBUR Poll Finds

May 21, 2014
A rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere

BOSTON — The survey of 504 likely voters found 52 percent in favor of a proposed ballot question on casinos and 39 percent opposed.

Trial For Ousted Probation Commissioner Continues

May 19, 2014

BOSTON — 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.

Top Aide To Senate President Murray Testifies To Role In Probation Hiring

May 16, 2014

BOSTON — The trial of former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien ensnares a major elected official for the first time.

Former Top Aide Says Probation Department Hired Politically Connected

May 14, 2014

BOSTON — John Cremens says he inflated the interview score of the father of a state representative.

Probation Official Says He Signed Off On ‘Woefully Inadequate’ Job Applicant

May 13, 2014

BOSTON — Edward McDermott says he gave the applicant high marks to please his then-boss, former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien.

Probation Official Offers Inside Account Of Rigged Hiring

May 12, 2014

BOSTON — Edward McDermott said in court Monday that he learned to “liberally” score job applicants preferred by his boss.

At O’Brien Trial, A Co-Defendant Distances Herself From The Boss

May 09, 2014

BOSTON — The move could be an early indication of a less-than-unified defense.

In Governor’s Race, Grossman Banks On Support Of Party Insiders

May 01, 2014
Democratic candidate for governor Steve Grossman is counting on his long ties to local party activists and elected officials. (AP File)

BOSTON — 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.

Menino’s Final Days In Boston’s Top Job

January 03, 2014
Boston Mayor Tomas Menino pauses as he speaks at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Thursday, March 28, 2013, where he announced he would not seek an unprecedented sixth term. The 70-year-old mayor was treated for a respiratory infection that developed during a vacation in Italy. While in the hospital he suffered complications including a compression fracture in a vertebra in his spine and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. After being discharged, he spent three months recuperating at a city-owned mansion on Beacon Hill. before returning to his home. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

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.

From The Phoenix’s Ashes, A New (Online) Weekly Emerges

May 08, 2013
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The Media looks to capture some of the Phoenix’s alt-weekly spirit.

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