WBUR Staff

Deborah Becker

Host/Reporter, WBUR

Deborah Becker is a reporter and host at WBUR.  Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice, crime and education.

Deb also helps produce and organize various WBUR special programs and series. She has received numerous awards from Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA), Public Radio International, National Education Writers Association, Associated Press, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Parent/Professional Advocacy League and United Press International. She also completed journalism fellowships on addiction studies, juvenile justice and journalism and the law.

Deb studied journalism at St. Bonaventure University. She lives with her family in central Massachusetts.

Recent stories

From Officers To Doctors, Marathon Prep Happening On Several Fronts

April 14, 2014
Master Sgt. Kenneth Huddleston, with the federal Department of Homeland Security’s mobile training unit, identifies a fake bomb under the hood of a car during a recent training session. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

BOSTON — In the shadow of last year’s attack, how are officials preparing for this year’s race? Planning is taking place on several fronts, amid uncertainty and some strong emotions.

Davis Stands By Releasing Photos Of Marathon Bombing Suspects

March 24, 2014
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, left, and Gov. Deval Patrick huddle prior to their speeches at a forum Monday on lessons learned from the response to last year's Boston Marathon bombings. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — The former Boston Police commissioner made the comments Monday at a Boston University symposium that focused on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing.

Plymouth District Court Judge Confronts Heroin Overdoses In Courthouse

March 21, 2014

BOSTON — BOSTON — Among those on the front lines witnessing Massachusetts’ increasing problem with opiate addiction are state judges. District Court Judge Rosemary Minehan said at a State House briefing this week that she finds herself trying to balance the law and the public health crisis of addiction. She oversees a drug court session in Plymouth — […]

Public Safety Officials Seek Balance Between Security, Celebration At 2014 Marathon

March 11, 2014
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz, left, details new security measures for the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Massachusetts public safety officials are assuring people that this year’s Boston Marathon will be festive, despite enhanced security.

College Prep Group Exec: Accessible Test Prep As Important As SAT Changes

March 06, 2014

BOSTON — The executive director of Breakthrough Greater Boston joined WBUR to discuss changes to the SAT.

Dookhan Was Drug Lab’s ‘Sole Bad Actor,’ Report Says

March 04, 2014
Annie Dookhan, in late 2012 (Steven Senne, Pool/AP)

“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.

Mass. Medical Marijuana Caregiver Openly Violates Single Patient Rule

February 28, 2014
The closet in which Bill Downing displays marijuana products patients can purchase. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

BOSTON — Caregivers are intended to fill the gap until medical marijuana dispensaries can open in the state. But there are limits as to what a caregiver can legally do. And right now the system does not appear to be running as intended.

As Overdoses Spike In Mass., Demand For Narcan Rises

February 28, 2014
In this Feb. 27, 2012, file photo, Kathy Deady holds up a tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, in her Quincy home. (Charles Krupa/AP)

BOSTON — With a huge spike in opiate overdoses, government agencies and health clinics are working to provide an anti-overdose drug to as many people as possible.

Mass. Patients Seek Relief At Medical Marijuana Clinics

February 27, 2014
Susanne Greelish, 55, of Watertown, uses pot to treat chronic pain. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

While state regulators sort out who will get licenses to run medical marijuana dispensaries, many patients are already using medical marijuana here.

Boston Doctor Chosen For New National Effort To Reform Forensic Testing

February 21, 2014

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.

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