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, she 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.
With heroin use increasing dramatically among women, we visit a treatment program specifically for women.
After years of complaints and lawsuits alleging that some sober homes are unsafe and anything but sober, the state is taking steps to more closely monitor them.
After the attacks in Paris Friday night, Gov. Charlie Baker is joining some other Republican governors who may try to block Syrian refugees from resettling in their states.
It’s the largest onetime release of prison inmates in the country. And some ex-inmates were in Boston federal court Wednesday to look for help with their return to society.
The report found there were 630 reported seizures of the drug in Massachusetts last year.
The emotional summit was attended by several elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Dozens spoke about the drug crisis that has claimed hundreds of lives throughout the state.
Massachusetts High Technology Council President Chris Anderson speaks about the significance of the deal for workers in the state.
Journalist Sam Quinones discusses how much of the heroin found across America can be traced back to a small area of Mexico.
Top Democratic contenders former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will square off for the first time.
With their first game tonight, Boston Globe sports reporter Fluto Shinzawa previews the Boston Bruins’ new season.
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.
MIT and MGH are partnering with the goal of developing better technologies and methods to diagnose and treat disease.
The school recently received a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to send doctors and nurses to help care for Ebola patients and reopen health care facilities.
A new study commissioned by the U.S. Army has found that the mental health of soldiers isn’t as different from civilians as the researchers previously thought.
One of the country’s leading medical journals is withdrawing support for a Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician President Obama nominated to become the next surgeon general.
How prepared is Massachusetts for Ebola? That was the question during a hearing at the State House Thursday.
From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR’s Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.
As Massachusetts lawmakers take up the $20 million bill aimed at addressing the state’s opioid crisis, questions about the best treatments remain.
A growing body of research shows that addiction is a complex brain disease that affects people differently. But the research also raises hopes about potential treatments.
“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.