WBUR Staff

Doug Tribou

Former Staff
Reporter / Producer, WBUR

Doug Tribou joined the staff of Only A Game as a producer and reporter in 2008. He first came to WBUR as a news anchor in 2006.

Doug grew up in Reading, Mass. and Fair Lawn, N.J. He began his professional radio career as a producer at WRKO in Boston before working as a news anchor and reporter at WHCU in Ithaca, N.Y.

In 1999, Doug became the program and news director for three stations in Portland, Maine. During his six years there, WGAN’s news coverage earned several awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press. Doug was also honored for his reporting on breaking news and for his writing and direction of on-air marketing campaigns for WGAN and WZAN. Saga Communications named him its national program director of the year in 2001.

Doug also taught radio news writing at the University of Southern Maine. He later became the program director for Boston’s first full-time ESPN Radio station and worked as a radio programming and branding consultant.

In addition to his stories and guest hosting appearances on Only A Game, Doug’s reporting has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition and American Public Media’s Marketplace. Doug also makes frequent appearances on NPR’s Here and Now.

Doug has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. In 2013, he earned a Master’s degree in Advertising from Boston University. He lives with his wife, their two daughters, and their sizeable dog, Ox, in the Boston area.

Recent stories

Inspired By MLB Star, Teenage Girl Trades Softball For Baseball

August 15, 2015
Sydney Dore, 14, in her baseball uniform (Courtesy of McKeel Academy of Technology)

Before he earned two World Series rings, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was told he was too small to play baseball. He didn’t listen and now he’s inspired one teenage girl to ignore the critics who say girls should stick to softball. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou has our story.

Ronda Rousey’s Former Trainer: UFC Must Find A Challenger

August 08, 2015
Pedro predicts Rousey will be on top of her sport for a "very, very long time." ( Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

It’s hard to miss UFC champion Ronda Rousey these days between her dominance in the cage, modeling and movie roles. For a look at her rise to stardom, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou sat down with Rousey’s former trainer and Olympic judo coach Jimmy Pedro.

NFL Youth Exercise Program: Healthy Fun Or Marketing Ploy?

August 01, 2015
49ers Raiders Football

NFL training camps are getting started after what’s been a tough year or so for the league’s image. But would anyone criticize the league for teaching kids about exercise? Well, it turns out they would. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou looks at the NFL “Play 60″ program and hears from one of its critics.

‘Mashi’ Chronicles Journey of Japan’s First MLB Player

August 01, 2015

The first Major League Baseball player from Japan was a 20-year-old pitcher by the name of Masanori Murakami. The lefty only played two seasons in the MLB, but his journey is the subject of the new book called “Mashi” by Robert Fitts. Murakami, Fitts and translator Yuriko Romer joined Only A Game’s Doug Tribou.

Inside The Winner’s Circle With Basketball’s Sue Bird

July 30, 2015
Olympics Day 5 - Basketball

With the 2015 WNBA season just past its halfway point, Only A Game was reminded of the story of Seattle Storm guard and basketball great Sue Bird, who has found success throughout her legendary hoops career.

NFL Upholds Brady Suspension: The Ruling And Responses

July 28, 2015
The NFL upheld the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Tuesday. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

The NFL upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate saga Tuesday. Only A Game has compiled a collection of links to the official report and the heated responses. We also look at how the ruling plays into the ongoing discussion of Brady’s legacy.

In Upholding Suspension, NFL Says Patriots’ Brady Destroyed Cellphone

July 28, 2015

Brady’s agent is defending the quarterback, saying he was “completely transparent” with NFL investigators.

Boston 2024’s Demise Opens Door For Other North American Cities

July 28, 2015
A rendering of the proposed Olympic Stadium in Boston for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Boston 2024)

Boston is out as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics. Now other North American cities are reviving their push to host the Games.

Big-League Reporter Comes Home To Her Local Newspaper

July 18, 2015
Mullen remembers delivering the Item's 100th anniversary edition (l) in 1977. It was owned by the same family for 137 years, until being sold in 2014. (Jesse Costa/Only A Game)

Why would a reporter trade MLB parks for high school sports? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou profiles Maureen Mullen, an accomplished sports reporter who returned to the hometown newspaper she once delivered door to door.

NBA Finals A Win-Win For Australian Hoops Fans

June 17, 2015
Matthew Dellavedova, Andrew Bogut and Kyrie Irving (left to right) are Australian citizens. (Getty Images)

Basketball fans down under were riding high during the NBA Finals. No matter which team won, at least one Aussie was going to be a champion.

Why Coach K Kept Hanging Up On Shane Battier

June 06, 2015
In four years under Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Shane Battier twice reached the Final Four. (John Bazemore/AP)

In real life, coaches inspire their players in all sorts of ways. Shane Battier spent 13 seasons as an NBA player, but the motivational moment he’ll always remember began with a very — very — short phone call when he was in college. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou explains.

Young Celtics Swept By Star-Powered Cavs

April 27, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers closed out their opening round NBA playoff series against the Boston Celtics with a 101-93 win Sunday afternoon.

BU, Providence To Face Off For Frozen Four Title Saturday

April 10, 2015
North Dakota forward Michael Parks (15) has his shot stopped by Boston University goalie Matt O'Connor during the second period of a semifinal at the NCAA men's Frozen Four hockey tournament in Boston Thursday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Boston University and Providence College both won in the Frozen Four semi-finals at TD Garden Thursday night to advance to the title game at the Garden Saturday.

2015 Red Sox: 4 Things Fans Should Know

April 06, 2015
Clay Buchholz, who posted an 8-11 record last season, is the Red Sox Opening Day starter. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

After a long winter and a busy offseason, Opening Day has finally arrived. Here’s a look at four things Red Sox fans should know as the season begins.

Red Sox Employees In Florida Give Fans A Taste Of New England

March 25, 2015
This scoreboard likely looks familiar to Boston Red Sox fans. Down at the team's spring training facility, Sox intern Tim Batesole changes the scoreboard during a game on March 18 in Fort Myers, Fla. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

It’s no coincidence that many spring training employees are native New Englanders ready to give a warm welcome to fans trying to escape Northeast winters.

Red Sox Star Pedroia Inspires Teenage Girl To Play With The Boys

March 20, 2015
Sydney Dore, 14, in her baseball uniform (Courtesy of McKeel Academy of Technology)

Young athletes often dream of growing up to become their sports idols. One teenage girl switched sports and is competing with boys — all because of Dustin Pedroia.

Searching For Signs Of Another Red Sox Turnaround

March 19, 2015
Boston Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava plays a single off the AL East standings scoreboard, with the Red Sox posted in last place in the division during a game at Fenway Park in Boston on July 28, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The Red Sox have taken fans on a roller coaster ride lately. 2012 last place. 2013 World Series title. 2014 last place again. Is there any way to tell if Boston is set for another wild swing?

Gone But Not Forgotten: A Red Sox Reunion With Jonny Gomes

March 18, 2015
Former Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes holds a bat before a game in June 2014 in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

The Red Sox had a reunion with a player who wore a Boston uniform only briefly, but became part of one of the most memorable seasons in team history.

Tired Of Winter, Red Sox Fans Savor Spring Training

March 17, 2015
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz waits to bat during a spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

While Boston waits for this unpredictable and unprecedented winter to end, many Red Sox fans are getting a taste of spring in sunny Florida.

Patriots Win Super Bowl After Wild Finish

February 02, 2015
Quarterback Tom Brady has now led the Patriots to four Super Bowl victories. (David J. Phillip/AP)

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champs for the fourth time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. The Patriots edged the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to earn their first championship in 10 years.

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