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 — We speak with three area college students — two females and a male — about the issue.
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 — Massachusetts Sen. William Brownsberger, the co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to talk about what to expect from Tuesday’s deliberations.
BOSTON — The $36.5 billion state budget includes salary increases for some public safety officials but only modest raises for Massachusetts prosecutors who are the lowest paid in New England.
WALTHAM, Mass. — Five governors said overdose rates in their states are rising and affecting the quality of life of all residents.
BOSTON — Geoff Cameron, 28, is a starting defenseman on the U.S. men’s soccer team — and an Attleboro native. He’s in Brazil gearing up for the World Cup.
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.
Many say the opiate problem is exacerbated by the wealth and isolation of the island, and the tens of thousands of vacationers who arrive every summer.
Since August, there have been six fatal opiate overdoses on the island. Arrests for heroin and other opiates have also skyrocketed.
Blogger Liza Long says her message–that the mental health care system is broken–hasn’t changed.
BOSTON — During hours of intense questioning, 38-year-old Joseph Donovan told the parole board that he is a changed man. But some board members appeared skeptical.
BOSTON — State officials plan to move Justina Pelletier closer to her home and are offering to relinquish custody if her parents meet certain conditions. But the family is balking at the deal.
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.