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.
The state secretary of health and human services discusses steps officials are taking to improve treatments for opioid addiction following a report that more than 1,000 people died last year from overdoses.
Persuading a jury that life in prison is a more just sentence was a challenge also faced by Northampton lawyer David Hoose.
A social networking group that began in 1892 is still meeting today, with its members still gathering face-to-face over formal tea.
A state program on Boston’s Long Island that housed 14- to 19-year-old males sent there by juvenile courts closed in August amid allegations workers mistreated the young clients.
A program at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston is helping women write their own memoirs as a form of healing.
Former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien reportedly is being pressured to testify before a grand jury into what appears to be a renewed investigation into whether politicians took part in the hiring scheme he faces an 18-month prison sentence for running.
With heroin overdose deaths skyrocketing in Massachusetts, the head of the state police is calling for authorities to take a relatively new step to help stem the crisis.
The third week of testimony begins Monday in the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner joins WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the case.
Hundreds turned out in Worcester for the first public meeting of a panel appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to gather input on the addiction crisis.
Suffolk Law professor Chris Dearborn says admitting guilt and not cross examining victims on the stand is not an unusual defense strategy for a death penalty case.
State public safety officials are defending how a female attorney was searched at MCI Norfolk this week.
“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.
Marijuana is touted as a treatment for chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and anxiety — and some say it may be a way to help alleviate Massachusetts’ opiate crisis. But that idea is causing some tension in the addiction treatment community.
“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.