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 — 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.
BOSTON — Massachusetts officials are trying to determine if a recent spike it opiate overdoses can be attributed to heroin laced with the powerful drug fentanyl.
BOSTON — A Massachusetts organization is working in New Jersey to raise awareness before the Super Bowl about the sexual exploitation of girls.
BOSTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin has implemented a massive security effort after threats against the Games from nearby Dagestan.
BOSTON — Athletes in the individual sport of skeleton reach speeds upward of 90 miles per hour, barreling head-first down a sheet of ice on a steel sled. Terry Holland, of Pittsfield, this year heads up New Zealand’s Olympic skeleton team.