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.
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.
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.
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 — […]
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Massachusetts public safety officials are assuring people that this year’s Boston Marathon will be festive, despite enhanced security.
BOSTON — The executive director of Breakthrough Greater Boston joined WBUR to discuss changes to the SAT.
“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.
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.
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.
While state regulators sort out who will get licenses to run medical marijuana dispensaries, many patients are already using medical marijuana here.
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.