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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

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)

BOSTON — 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)

BOSTON — 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.

Boston School Committee’s Newest Member Is An Advocate For Children With Disabilities

January 14, 2015
Regina Robinson is the newest member of the Boston School Committee. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Regina Robinson, dean of students at Cambridge College, is the newest member of the Boston School Committee. She explains how she her life changed after discovering her son, who is enrolled in a public school in the city, has Down’s Syndrome.

After Inauguration, Gov. Baker Holds First Public Event In Dorchester

January 09, 2015

BOSTON — After his inauguration, Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. signed a pledge in Dorchester to work with groups like Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to support increasing opportunities for minority communities in the state.

Diary Recounts Busing’s Turmoil In Boston

December 26, 2014
“My room was in the front of the building, on the second floor, so I had a view of the buses coming up the hill,” says Ione Malloy, who was an English teacher at South Boston High School when the buses rolled that first day of court-ordered desegregation. (Courtesy of Ione Malloy)

Ione Malloy was an English teacher at South Boston High School when court-ordered desegregation began. In October 1974 she started keeping a diary.

Mixed Reaction Among Locals To Obama’s Cuba Announcement

December 17, 2014
Alberto Vasallo, of El Mundo newspaper in Boston, watches President Obama speak about his changes to U.S.' Cuba policy. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — The Obama administration announced that it would change its policy and begin talks on normalizing relations between the two nations.

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

December 05, 2014
(Courtesy Black Nativity)

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

Mayor Walsh Creates Boston’s First Office Of Diversity

December 02, 2014

BOSTON — Boston has been a majority-minority city since 2000, and Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s working to make city government more reflective of that diversity.

3 Months After Student Walkout, Madison Park Administrators See Progress

December 01, 2014
Madison Park High School in Roxbury (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — But bringing new leadership and direction to Boston’s only vocational school remains a work in progress.

Likely Senate President Sees Cooperation With Baker

November 06, 2014
Massachusetts State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, poses outside the Statehouse in 2012. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — As the transition to a Baker administration begins, the Republican and Democratic legislative leaders say they believe they can work together.

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.

Thomas Menino, A Boston Political Giant, Dies

October 30, 2014
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks during a news conference at Boston City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, held to discuss a lookout for possible terror suspects who may be headed to the area. The FBI notified Boston area law enforcement Wednesday to be on the lookout for four Chinese nationals described as possible terror suspects who may be headed to the area. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, who guided the city for 20 transformative years, has lost his last battle. He was 71.

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

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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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