WBUR Staff

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

Awaiting Whether He’ll Remain Free, Sean Ellis Spends 1st Thanksgiving At Home In 22 Years

November 26, 2015
Sean Ellis has served more than half of his life in prison for a murder he says he did not commit. Earlier this year, a judge ordered a new trial and Ellis was released on bail. Now he waits as prosecutors appeal that decision. Pictured here, Ellis enters a courtroom for a bail hearing in May. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After a judge ordered a new trial earlier this year, Sean Ellis was released on bail after spending 22 years in prison for a murder he insists he did not commit.

To Appeal For Public’s Help, Boston Police Will Post Videos On City’s Unsolved Homicides

November 18, 2015
Boston police have released a video on the 2010 murder of Eric Smith-Johnson in hopes of receiving new information from the public that could help discover and convict his murderer. The video is part of a new intiative by authorities to raise awareness about the city's unsolved homicides. (Screenshot from the Boston police video)

“The Search for Justice Video Series” initiative will post video footage that has been taped, edited and produced by the department on its blog and Facebook page, highlighting one case each month.

Longest-Serving Boston City Council Members Thanked For Service After Losing Seats

November 05, 2015

The Boston City Council is preparing for some changes — the two longest-serving council members — Charles Yancey and Stephen Murphy — will be leaving at the end of the year after losing their seats in this week’s city elections.

In Boston, Tuesday’s Municipal Election Predicted To Be ‘Lethargic’

November 02, 2015
Tuesday's municipal election could be a big deal in Boston, with all 13 City Council seats on the ballot. But public interest in the election is low. Pictured is Andrea Campbell, center, who's trying to unseat incumbent District 4 Councilor Charles Yancey in one of the few competitive races in Boston this election year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Tuesday’s municipal election could be a big deal in Boston, with all 13 City Council seats on the ballot. But public interest in the election is low.

Political Newcomer Gives Longest-Serving City Councilor Competition For District 4 Seat

September 23, 2015
District 4 challenger Andrea Campbell, center, speaks with seniors at a cookout in Boston's Harambee Park Wednesday. She's attempting to unseat Councilor Charles Yancey. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Charles Yancey, the longest serving member of the City Council, has a rough road to re-election this year as he competes with Andrea Campbell.

After Distressing Year, Classes Off To Smooth Start At Boston’s Only Vocational High School

September 09, 2015

“It’s a lot more put together this year,” said one Madison Park High senior. Unlike last year, the high schoolers all received their class schedules on the first day back to school Tuesday.

With So Few Candidates, Only 2 Boston City Council Seats Up For Preliminary Vote

September 03, 2015
In the last preliminary two years ago, 48 candidates competed for the 13 Boston City Council seats. But with no contest at the top of the ticket this year, voter and candidate interest is low. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In the last preliminary two years ago, 48 candidates competed for the 13 Boston City Council seats. But with no contest at the top of the ticket this year, voter and candidate interest is low.

Bridge Connections Cut, Boston Harbor Camp Forges New Path

August 20, 2015
Campers ride the Provincetown II ferry toward Long Island in Boston Harbor to attend Camp Harbor View. The campers take ferries after the bridge to the island was deemed unsafe and demolished. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

A bridge closure in October put Camp Harbor View in jeopardy. But it’s persevered this summer, taking a new route — one across water.

Murder Binds 2 Mothers Who Now Work To Interrupt Cycle Of Violence

August 14, 2015
After her son was killed on the street in Dorchester 20 years ago, Tina Chéry has been working to interrupt the cycle of violence. (Courtesy Louis D. Brown Peace Institute)

One is the mother of a teen killed, the other is the mother of one of the gunmen that day. They are now working for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.

Boston City Council Considers Proposal To Equip Police With Body Cameras

August 06, 2015
In this 2014 file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Boston City Councilors heard statements Wednesday night from several community members and groups debating a proposal to mandate body cameras for police officers in the city.

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.

Most Popular