Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.
Deb is also a substitute host on several WBUR programs and helps produce and report for various WBUR special projects. Deb also worked on the launch of WRNI, Rhode Island’s NPR News Station, where she served as Morning Edition host and host of the weekly show “Focus Rhode Island.”
Before coming to WBUR, Deb worked at Monitor Radio, the broadcast arm of The Christian Science Monitor newspaper. She also worked at several Boston area radio stations. Deb has received numerous awards for her hosting, newscasts, reporting and investigative reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA), Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, National Education Writers Association, Associated Press, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Parent/Professional Advocacy League and United Press International. She has also completed several fellowships on addiction, mental health, juvenile justice and journalism and the law.
Deb studied journalism at St. Bonaventure University. She lives with her family in central Massachusetts.
A report released by the Attorney General’s office yesterday found system-wide failures at the state drug lab in Amherst.
New numbers released Monday show that 1,379 people died from opioid overdoses in the state in 2015. And that number is expected to top 1,500 once all death investigations are complete.
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The most recent state hospital data suggest that the rate of drug dependent newborns has skyrocketed to about 16 in every 1,000 births — about three times the national average.
The NFL is appealing a lower court’s ruling that vacated Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
Fishing monitors were funded by the National Marine Fisheries Services, but the funds dried up.
“[I]t’s an industry that unfortunately is seeing exploding demand,” said Leslie Henshaw, of a New York private equity firm that specializes in health care investing.
The Massachusetts primary will play a big role in the Democratic presidential contest. Voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday.
Gretchen Fordham received the overdose reversal drug Narcan in the ER. But she still left the hospital with a prescription for opioid pain pills.
Several health insurance companies are taking new steps to deal with the nation’s growing opioid epidemic — like making sure its members stay on track during recovery.
The report by The Council of State Governments Justice Center found a 12 percent drop in the state’s total incarcerated population between 2006 and 2015.
The Iowa caucuses are just over three weeks away with New Hampshire’s primary just eight days after that.
With the Iowa caucus less than a month away, and New Hampshire shortly after, Boston Globe reporter James Pindell takes a look at what to expect.
Though the regular season ended with the Patriots second straight loss Sunday, they are still the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.
NBC’s Mike “Doc” Emrick will call the game, and joined us to preview it.
Massachusetts’ opioid crisis continued to be a major story of 2015. WBUR’s Martha Bebinger joined Deborah Becker on Morning Edition to discuss the issue.
After the game, ESPN.com reporter Mike Reiss says Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not have a lot to say about the coin toss decision.
A fixture in Cambridge for decades and known for portraits often described as capturing the soul of her subjects, Elsa Dorfman is taking her last shots.
These first responders often say they know most won’t get help after leaving the hospital following an overdose — and many will need to be revived someday again.
About 100 poets will read their work in eight-minute increments during the event, which will take place through Sunday at Outpost 186 in Cambridge.
Many of the well known rock bands from Boston who got early starts at the club in Cambridge have been making farewell visits.
Some history is coming back to life on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.
With suicide the second-leading cause of death for people of college age, many schools are trying to determine what additional steps they can take to try prevent suicide among students.
A program at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston is helping women write their own memoirs as a form of healing.
“Christmas In Harvard Square,” by the St. Paul’s Choir School, is near the top of the classical Billboard chart.
In 1965 in Selma, Alabama, news cameras captured police using tear gas and billy clubs on civil rights demonstrators. Now that story is being told on the big screen for the first time.
Several groups are praising his choice, citing Sudders’ work as the former state mental health commissioner and former head of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR’s Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.
“However … deficiencies at the Drug Lab created an atmosphere that allowed for [Annie] Dookhan to commit her crimes,” the state inspector general wrote in his review.
With the Massachusetts Inspector General expected to release his report on the state drug lab crisis any day now, a local doctor is part of a new national effort to reform forensic testing.
Matt Segal of the Massachusetts ACLU discusses the criminal cases that linger as the state investigates the drug lab scandal.
The court is again being asked for guidance on how to deal with criminal convictions thrown into question by the state drug lab crisis.
Congress could take up legislation in 2014 aimed at improving oversight of the nation’s crime labs. Critics say lawmakers need to take action after several lab scandals.
WBUR’s Deborah Becker, who has been reporting on the drug lab scandal all year, looks back on the case and at the unresolved legal ramifications of chemist Annie Dookhan’s actions.
Convicted former chemist Annie Dookhan has never spoken publicly about the drug lab crisis. We speak with her lawyer, now that she’s in prison.
Former chemist Annie Dookhan began her first full day in prison Saturday, but lingering questions persist about state oversight of forensic testing.
Disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan is on her way to prison for a drug lab crisis that’s created turmoil throughout the Massachusetts criminal justice system.
A former state chemist is expected to plead guilty to charges of falsifying thousands of drug tests and throwing the entire Massachusetts criminal justice system into a tailspin.
Photographer Ivan Velinov says he looks for interesting Bostonians who look open to sharing their stories on his blog Portraits of Boston.