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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

Roller Coaster Year Ends For Boston’s Only Vocational-Tech High School

June 29, 2015
Madison Park High School in Roxbury (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After a tumultuous year, including a student walk out, Madison Park faculty say 55 percent of the senior class will attend college and 40 percent will enter career technology programs.

How Boston Schools Teach Students About The City’s Court-Ordered Busing, 40 Years Later

June 26, 2015

Resistance to forced busing in Boston left deep scars on its students. Today, teachers address this significant event in the city’s history in the classroom.

Mayor Walsh Announces New Efforts To Combat Homelessness In Boston

June 25, 2015

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh seeks to raise $12 million to find housing solutions for the city’s chronically homeless population, which is estimated to include about 600 people.

25 Years Ago Today, Nelson Mandela Delivered An Electrifying Speech In Boston To Thousands

June 23, 2015
Nelson Mandela wipes his brow in the hot, humid gymnasium of the Madison Park High School in the Roxbury section of Boston 25 years ago. An exhuberant crowd packed the gymnasium for Mandela's appearance. (Jim Gerberich/AP)

Thousands stood in sweltering heat to hear Nelson Mandela speak at Madison Park High’s gymnasium 25 years ago today. Mandela had just been released from prison after 27 years just four months before he came to Boston. The gym is officially being renamed in his honor.

Boston Police Aim To Increase Diversity On Force, But Challenges Persist In Hiring

June 22, 2015
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Overall, two-thirds of the uniformed police force in Boston is white in a city where 53 percent of residents are people of color.

From A Kenyan Refugee Camp To A Boston Class President

June 10, 2015
Fatuma Mohamed, on graduation day (Delores Handy/WBUR)

In Boston this month, more than 4,100 high school students are graduating from one of the country’s most diverse school systems. We meet one of these notable graduates: Fatuma Mohamed.

Man Granted New Trial For 1993 Murder Of Boston Detective Free On Bail

June 03, 2015
Sean Ellis enters a Suffolk Superior Court courtroom for his bail hearing May 12, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After 22 years in jail, Sean Ellis, convicted of the 1993 killing of a Boston detective, is now free on bail.

Charles River Gets B+ For Water Quality, Down Slightly From Last Year

May 29, 2015
(Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism via Flickr)

It’s been 20 years since the EPA launched its water quality improvement effort for the Charles River.

Boston Science Teacher Wins $25,000 Teaching Award

May 28, 2015
Interim Boston Public Schools Superintendent John McDonough with 2015 Fishman Prize winner Erin Dukeshire, who teaches sixth grade science at the Orchard Gardens school. (Courtesy BPS)

Sixth grade Orchard Gardens school science teacher Erin Dukeshire is one of four teachers in the country awarded this year’s Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.

South Boston High School Hosts Frank, Positive Discussion On Race

May 14, 2015

Excel High School in South Boston devoted a class period Wednesday to an all-school conversation about race.

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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