Deborah Becker is a reporter 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 series. 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. 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 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 — 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.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A new fire station in the town of Barnstable is raising questions about villages, history and Proposition 2 1/2.
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.
BOSTON — WBUR’s political analysts offer their thoughts on the rising tensions between the two frontrunners in the state’s gubernatorial race.
BOSTON — Between 2007 and 2010, 63 percent of Boston police encounters were with blacks. At that time, just 24 percent of the city’s population was black.
BOSTON — As he tries to win confirmation as a superior court judge, Massachusetts Parole Board Chairman Joshua Wall is now touting his record with the parole board.
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Hundreds of mourners gathered in Northborough Tuesday for the funeral of 28-year-old Army Spc. Brian Arsenault, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR’s Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.
FERGUSON, Mo. — Religious and community leaders from Boston are among the thousands of people in Ferguson, Missouri, for Michael Brown’s funeral.
PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A group of New England schools is looking beyond the classroom for different ways to gauge learning. Plymouth North and South are in that group.
BOSTON — Phil Balboni, co-founder and CEO of GlobalPost, a Boston-based international online news site, spoke about the alleged execution of New Hampshire native and journalist James Foley.
BOSTON — The Rev. Jeffrey Brown discusses his conversation with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where protesters and police clashed again Monday night.
BOSTON — Fred Wiseman’s 1957 documentary,” Titicut Follies,” chronicled mistreatment at Bridgewater State Hospital.
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.
Disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan is on her way to prison for a drug lab crisis that’s created turmoil throughout the Massachusetts criminal justice system.
BOSTON — Some of the area’s leading addiction researchers and clinicians are joining together to try to help people struggling with addiction and substance use disorders.
BOSTON — A former state chemist is expected to plead guilty to charges of falsifying thousands of drug tests and throwing the entire Massachusetts criminal justice system into a tailspin.
BOSTON — Photographer Ivan Velinov says he looks for interesting Bostonians who look open to sharing their stories on his blog Portraits of Boston.
BOSTON — Prouty Garden has been a sanctuary for stressed families, sick children and hospital staff since 1956. But Boston Children’s Hospital says it needs to expand, and is promising more green space overall. It’s a battle over emotional ground.