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Delores Handy

Host/Reporter, WBUR

Delores Handy is a multiple Emmy-awarding winning broadcast journalist. She worked at radio and television stations in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas as well as in Memphis, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., before moving to Boston in 1982 to work at Channel 7.

Since arriving in Boston, she has also worked at Channel 2 and Channel 68 as a producer, news anchor and host. In addition, she has been news anchor for the Monitor Channel and CNN Headline News.

Among her awards and honors are four Emmy Awards for her work in television in Washington and Boston; induction in the “Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for 25 years of excellence in television; a citation by the Museum of African-American History as one of the 350 people who epitomize the spirit of black presence in Massachusetts; Journalist of the Year by the Washington Press Club; a New York International Film Festivals Award for Documentaries; and many other awards from journalism and civic organizations for her work as a producer, writer, reporter and news anchor.

Recent stories

Casino Developers Get More Time In Southeastern Mass.

March 20, 2015

With less competition for a casino license in the southeastern part of the state, the gaming commission has decided to give developers a little more time to finalize proposals.

In LA, Boston’s New Superintendent Seen As A ‘Hands-On’ Administrator

March 13, 2015
Tommy Chang will begin as Boston Public Schools superintendent on July 1. Here he is with students at a graduation ceremony at Ánimo Venice Charter High School, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. (Courtesy of LAUSD)

In Los Angeles, Tommy Chang, Boston’s new superintendent, oversaw 135 schools serving around 100,000 students. While struggling schools largely improved during his tenure, he still faced several significant issues.

New Boston Superintendent Gets 5-Year Contract With $257,00 Starting Salary

March 12, 2015
Tommy Chang (Courtesy of BPS)

Tommy Chang’s starting salary is slightly below average for a school district of this size, according to the city.

Boston School Committee Picks LA’s Chang As New Superintendent

March 04, 2015
Tommy Chang (Courtesy of BPS)

In Los Angeles, Tommy Chang is a local instructional superintendent, who oversees more than 130 under-performing schools.

School Committee To Choose New Boston Schools Superintendent Tuesday

March 02, 2015
From left to right: Guadalupe Guerrero, Tommy Chang, Dana Bedden and Pedro Martinez. (Courtesy BPS)

Now that the final four candidates in the Boston Public School superintendent search have all been interviewed in public hearings last week, the Boston School Committee is scheduled to make a final decision Tuesday night. Here’s a look at the men vying for the job.

Boston Superintendent Finalists Face Public Interviews This Week

February 23, 2015

Each of the final four candidates will be in Boston this week for public interviews with various stakeholders, such as parents, students, teachers, school leaders and community partners.

BPS Headquarters Moving To Roxbury This Week

February 17, 2015
The redesigned Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, soon to become headquarters for Boston Public Schools, looking south on Washington Street (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Some 500 Boston Public School employees are moving from the their downtown offices to the new school headquarters in Dudley Square.

Roxbury Residents Fight Planned Dearborn Middle School Demolition

February 09, 2015
The Dearborn School in Roxbury. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A major battle is coming to a head over the fate of a century-old Boston Public School Building that most recently housed the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury. It’s scheduled for demolition to make way for the first new school built in the city in more than a decade.

Bringing MLK’s Vision Of Social Justice To Today’s Boston

January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses a crowd with a bull horn in Roxbury on April 22, 1965. King was in Boston to lead a civil rights march. (AP)

As the nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, Boston clergy see his message resonating with the Black Lives Matters movement and the city’s homeless advocates invoke his legacy to build support for a new shelter.

Boston Teachers Union Votes In Favor Of Extending School Day For K-8 Students

January 15, 2015
Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman speaks at a meeting Wednesday, during which the union voted in favor of extending the school day for students in grades K-8 not currently in schools with such programs. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

The Boston Teachers Union approved a plan to add 40 minutes to the school day for all elementary and middle schools that don’t already have extended day programs.

In 44th Year, ‘Black Nativity’ Finds New Home In Boston’s Theater District

December 05, 2014
(Courtesy Black Nativity)

Boston’s celebrated annual holiday production of “Black Nativity” opens Friday night in at the Paramount.

Thomas Menino, Boston’s Longest Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

October 30, 2014
Picture of Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino. The former mayor died on October 30, 2014. He was 71. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Menino guided the city for 20 transformative years. WBUR’s Delores Handy brought us this remembrance.

After Bombs Hit, Spaulding Moved Front And Center

April 15, 2014
In this 2013 WBUR file photo, marathon bombing survivor Mery Daniel works with occupational therapist Becky Buttiglieri outside the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Thirty-two marathon bombing survivors, including 15 amputees, were treated on an inpatient basis at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Woman Says She Was Shackled Just Before Giving Birth To Son

February 21, 2014

Imagine being a prisoner and going through labor in handcuffs or leg restraints. WBUR spoke with one woman who says she went through it.

Mass. Man Cleared Of Drug Charges

October 12, 2012

The judge’s decision to acquit Shawn Drumgold was based on prosecutors’ theory of possession, not on the drug lab scandal.

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