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.
BOSTON — BOSTON — Drug use in Massachusetts and the state’s addiction epidemic is something a Raynham woman hopes President Obama will discuss in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Joanne Peterson — who founded Learn to Cope, a support group for loved ones of those struggling with addiction — was invited to attend the […]
BOSTON — An East Bridgewater mother is asking state lawmakers to criminalize a synthetic hallucinogen she says killed her 15-year-old daughter after she used it just once.
BOSTON — Outgoing Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee speaks on the difficulties facing veterans in certain areas of the state and what role his department will have in addressing these issues.
BOSTON — Five years ago, a devastating, 7.0-magnitude earthquake crippled the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, leaving much of the already unstable country in ruins.
BOSTON — Drug addiction, especially opioid addiction, was a major story in 2014. Massachusetts officials came up with several ways to deal with the issue this past year. WBUR’s Deborah Becker takes a look back.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — “Christmas In Harvard Square,” by the St. Paul’s Choir School, is near the top of the classical Billboard chart.
BOSTON — Christmas in the City is a one-day bash for thousands of homeless children who are staying in shelters in and around Boston. Founder Jake Kennedy expects about 5,000 kids to attend this year.
BOSTON — Dozens of women have been sleeping in the atrium of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless respite facility. And the emergency shelter housing 250 men in the South End was only meant to be used for four to six weeks — it’s already been 10.
BOSTON — Mental health providers, police and community advocates are holding a forum Monday night on Nantucket to address what some are calling a crisis for the small island town — a rash of suicides in recent weeks.
BOSTON — A facility at 112 Southampton St. in Boston will be renovated to house the hundreds of homeless people displaced due to the closure of the Long Island bridge, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — Twice a day on 10 community radio stations, which reach half the counties in Liberia, recorded lessons developed by the Waltham-based nonprofit Education Development Center teach literacy and numeracy.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — MIT and MGH are partnering with the goal of developing better technologies and methods to diagnose and treat disease.
WORCESTER, Mass. — 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.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — “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 — 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.
BOSTON — 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.