WBUR Staff

Doug Tribou

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

The Patriots Don’t Want To Talk About … Arizona

January 29, 2015
University of Phoenix Stadium, host of this Sunday's Super Bowl, was also the site of Super Bowl XLII featuring the Patriots and New York Giants. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

The New England Patriots are tired of thinking about it, tired of talking about it and ready to move on. No, not deflate-gate … Arizona.

Patriots’ Wilfork Is A Leader On And Off The Field

January 29, 2015
New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork prior to a team practice in Foxborough, Mass. earlier this month. (Charles Krupa/AP)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Longtime defensive tackle Vince Wilfork speaks about what it feels like to win a Super Bowl, his early days in the NFL, and how his family helps him keep his career in perspective.

Kraft Addresses ‘Deflate-Gate,’ Criticizes NFL

January 27, 2015
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft reads a statement during a news conference Monday in Arizona. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The New England Patriots made it out of Boston just in time to leave the snow behind, but “deflate-gate” followed them to Arizona.

For Some Former NFL Players, ‘Life After Football’ Can Be Uncertain

January 24, 2015
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Former NFL linebacker George Koonce Jr. talks about ‘Life After Football’ in his new book, co-written with Marquette University sociology professors James Holstein and Richard Jones. Koonce and Holstein join Doug Tribou.

‘Deflate-Gate’ Scandal Has An Air Of Opportunity

January 21, 2015
According to an ESPN report, the NFL has determined 11 of the 12 balls used by the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship were underinflated. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The NFL has determined 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots during their AFC Championship victory were underinflated, ESPN reports. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou looks at the “lighter” side of the controversy.

Patriots Advance To AFC Title Game After Wild Win Over Ravens

January 11, 2015
New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) runs with a touchdown pass from Julian Edelman, as he runs from Baltimore Ravens defensive back Rashaan Melvin (38) in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It wasn’t easy, but the New England Patriots earned a spot in the AFC Championship Game with a wild 35 to 31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Preview: New England Patriots Vs. Baltimore Ravens, Again

January 10, 2015

BOSTON — Doug Tribou joins Sharon Brody for a preview of the Patriots and Ravens match-up Saturday afternoon in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Patriots Vs. Ravens: A Different Kind Of Rematch

January 06, 2015
When the New England Patriots face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC playoffs on Saturday, quarterback Tom Brady (r) will have Rob Gronkowski available.  The tight end missed the last playoff game betwen the the teams. (Charles Krupa/AP)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — This will mark the fourth time the Patriots and Ravens have met in the playoffs at Gillette Stadium. But at game time on Saturday, a few key differences from their previous meetings will be on display.

A Raymond Chandler Mystery Provides A Baseball History Lesson

December 27, 2014
Humphrey Bogart in a scene from Casablanca. (AP Photo/Warner Brothers)

Only A Game’s Doug Tribou shares a bit of hardball history courtesy of legendary mystery writer, Raymond Chandler.

Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo To The Mavericks

December 18, 2014
Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) drives past Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON — The Rajon Rondo era in Boston is over. The Celtics have traded the 28-year-old point guard to the Dallas Mavericks.

49ers Release McDonald After News Of Rape Investigation

December 17, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers released defensive lineman Ray McDonald Wednesday. For the second time this year, McDonald is part of a criminal investigation involving violence against women. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald after learning that he’s the subject of a rape investigation. McDonald was arrested in August as part of an unrelated domestic violence case.

Philadelphia 76ers Get Their First Win, Avoid NBA Record

December 04, 2014
The Philadelphia 76ers finally had a reason to smile on Wednesday when they got their first win of the season, but the squad is still on pace to be the worst team in NBA history. (Hannah Foslien/AP Photo)

The Philadelphia 76ers are off to a really, really bad start, but after Wednesday night’s victory over Minnesota, it’s not the worst start in NBA history. But the worst record ever? That’s still within reach.

Time Crunch: Pro Sports Leagues Work To Shorten Games

November 15, 2014
As baseball's average game soars beyond three hours, MLB is experimenting with putting pitchers on the clock and several other time-saving rules. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

To compete for fans’ time, pro sports leagues are taking steps to shorten their games. For our look at the latest experiments, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou spoke with an expert on time about how sports fit into our busy lives.

Preview: Pats Vs. Broncos, Brady Vs. Manning

November 02, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Pats quarterback Tom Brady and his Denver counterpart Peyton Manning will meet for the 16th time in their careers on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys Cut Michael Sam

October 21, 2014
Michael Sam has now been cut by two NFL teams and has yet to make a regular-season roster. (Brandon Wade/AP)

The Dallas Cowboys have cut Michael Sam from their practice squad. Sam would be the first openly gay player in NFL history, but has yet to make a regular-season roster.

Rule 7.13: Baseball’s Crash Course On Eliminating Home-Plate Collisions

October 18, 2014
Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

This season Major League Baseball took a crash course in how to eliminate collisions at home plate. In its first year, Rule 7.13 has been celebrated and criticized, but a much bigger injury risk is still in play for catchers. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.

After 260 Years, Royal And Ancient Golf Club Votes To Admit Women

September 18, 2014
Women tee off right in front of the Royal and Ancient clubhouse all the time, but cannot enter even as a member of a guest. (Doug Tribou/Only A Game)

As Scotland awaited the results of its independence referendum, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews voted to welcome women members for the first time in its 260-year history. In an update to our earlier story on the vote, Doug Tribou reports.

Patriots Need Spurs-Like Exclamation Point To Cement Legacy

June 24, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs and New England Patriots are two of the most consistent pro sports franchises, but the Spurs' latest title changes the dynasty discussion. (AP)

BOSTON — San Antonio’s victory in the NBA Finals changes the way their dynasty will be viewed. Can the New England Patriots take a cue from the Spurs?

Bruins’ Season Ends With Game 7 Loss To Montreal

May 15, 2014
Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) celebrates his goal with P.K. Subban (76), Brendan Gallagher (11) and Josh Gorges (26) against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the second period. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Bruins fans were optimistic before the game, but the Canadiens quickly got the advantage.

Bruins, Canadiens Set To Open New Chapter In NHL’s Greatest Rivalry

May 01, 2014
Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla, center, is mobbed by teammates as they celebrate their 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Iginla was credited with the winning goal. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

BOSTON — The Bruins will continue their quest for the Stanley Cup as they open their second round series against the Canadiens Thursday at the TD Garden.

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