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.
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.
BOSTON — Martha Coakley has a big lead on fellow Democrats, but Republican frontrunner Charlie Baker is narrowing the gap.
BOSTON — The survey of 504 likely voters found 52 percent in favor of a proposed ballot question on casinos and 39 percent opposed.
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.
BOSTON — The trial of former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien ensnares a major elected official for the first time.
BOSTON — John Cremens says he inflated the interview score of the father of a state representative.
BOSTON — Edward McDermott says he gave the applicant high marks to please his then-boss, former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien.
BOSTON — Edward McDermott said in court Monday that he learned to “liberally” score job applicants preferred by his boss.
BOSTON — The move could be an early indication of a less-than-unified defense.
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.
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.