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David Scharfenberg

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

Biden, To Survivors: ‘People Know Who You Are’

April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Thousands gathered on Boylston Street Tuesday to pay tribute to those affected by the attack.

Women's Groups Target New England Gubernatorial Races

April 10, 2014
Three female candidates in New England, from left: In Massachusetts, Martha Coakley has a sizeable lead in early polling; in New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan is favored to win re-election; and in Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo is running neck-and-neck for the Democratic nomination. (AP)

BOSTON — With just one female Democratic governor in the country, activists are focused on the New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island races.

Thousands Mourn Death Of Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy

April 04, 2014
Firefighter Michael Kennedy’s casket is brought on Engine 33 to West Roxbury’s Holy Name Church on Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Yesterday, thousands of mourners lined the streets of West Roxbury as fallen Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy’s casket made its way to Holy Name Church.

Boston Firefighter Walsh Remembered As A ‘Gentle Giant’

April 02, 2014
Robert Malone, the nephew of Lt. Edward Walsh, salutes as his uncle's fire helmet is carried into St. Patrick's Church in Watertown Wednesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

WATERTOWN, Mass. — As thousands of firefighters gathered outside, Lt. Edward Walsh was remembered as a man committed to family and community.

In Rhode Island, Another Case Of Political Controversy

March 31, 2014
FBI investigators leave the office of Rhode island House Speaker Gordon Fox at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I., Friday, March 21, 2014. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox resigned in the face of a still-mysterious criminal investigation.

With Preschool On The Agenda, Boston Attracts National Attention

March 28, 2014
Using a projector, Jodi Doyle points out shadows on the ceiling to students of her preschool class at the Eliot K-to-8 Innovation School in Boston's North End. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Policymakers from Seattle to the Netherlands are looking at Boston’s preschool program. But how good is it? And can it be replicated?

Two Firefighters Die In Back Bay Blaze

March 26, 2014
Firefighter Michael Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward Walsh died Wednesday battling a nine-alarm fire in Boston. (Boston Fire Department)

BOSTON — The deaths are the first in the line of duty since 2009.

WBUR Poll Shows Coakley Maintaining Large Lead In Governor’s Race

March 20, 2014
Attorney General Martha Coakley has a 41 to 26 percent edge on the leading Republican, Charlie Baker, in a head-to-head contest. (AP)

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley maintains a solid lead in a gubernatorial race that appears to be making little impression on Massachusetts voters, according to a new WBUR poll.

WBUR Poll: Public Opinion In Mass. Shifts Rapidly On Casinos, Marijuana

March 19, 2014
On Feb. 25, Mohegan Sun CEO Mitchell Etess celebrates the passage of a referendum allowing the casino operator to move forward with its plan at Suffolk Downs in Revere. A new WBUR poll finds declining support for casinos in the state. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — The survey finds a once-large margin of support for casinos has all but evaporated while support for the legalization of marijuana is taking off.

Southie St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Dedicated To Menino

March 16, 2014

BOSTON — Former Mayor Thomas Menino is undergoing chemotherapy after an advanced form of cancer was discovered in his liver and lymph nodes last month.

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