Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education at WBUR.
Fred broke the story that the federal government may have lied to the Supreme Court in order to obtain the landmark ruling that established the state secrets privilege.
In 1998, WBUR sent Fred to Bosnia to train journalists as part of a State Department program. It turned out to be Fred who learned from the Bosnians even as he shared with them how American journalists work.
Prior to joining WBUR in 1998, Fred was Mexico City bureau chief for NBC News. He managed a team of producers, stringers, cameramen (they were all men), sound technicians and editors who covered Latin America. Fred’s responsibilities included directing coverage of the takeover of the Japanese embassy in Lima by Tupac Amaru guerrillas.
For two years, beginning in 1993, Fred wrote and produced news and cultural programs for CNN International from Atlanta. Prior to that, he was a field producer in CNN’s New York bureau for two years.
As CBS News’s South America reporter, based in Buenos Aires, Fred led the network’s radio and television coverage of three military rebellions in Argentina, the protests against Chile’s President Augusto Pinochet and Chile’s transition to democracy, the overthrow of Paraguay’s long-time dictator, Alfredo Stroessner, and papal visits to Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Fred, his camera crew, and editor were the first U.S. television network team to get into Paraguay after the overthrow of Stroessner.
Fred has produced and reported stories from Latin America and the Middle East. He has worked in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, and the United Arab Emirates. He reported on the drug wars in Colombia, the growing tensions between the United States and Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and the U.S. invasion of Panama, the visit of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Cuba, the visit of President George H. W. Bush to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, the devastation of Jamaica by Hurricane Gilbert, and Iranian attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.
As a field producer for ABC New Documentaries, Fred broke the story that Argentina had U.S. and Swiss equipment in its plutonium separation and uranium enrichment plants.
Fred holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Williams College.
Dr. Paula Johnson, who will take over this summer, has devoted her career to furthering research that explores how women respond differently to diseases and treatments than men do.
The candidates are hoping their final pushes will help them yield strong showings at the polls in New Hampshire.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie embarrassed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on the Saturday night debate stage, and crowed about it on Sunday, as Rubio tried to recover.
Baker spoke at a campaign rally with Christie to tell voters that it’s governors who have the most experience working with others who may not always agree, just as presidents must do.
Among likely Democratic voters, Bernie Sanders is up 15 points on Hillary Clinton. Among Republicans, Donald Trump has kept his lead.
For New Hampshire voters, the town halls and smaller meetings are a valuable part of the decision process.
Cruz won Iowa, but Trump is the front-runner in New Hampshire. At a press conference announcing his endorsement by former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Trump defended his second-place finish to Cruz in Iowa.
How are the results of the Iowa caucuses influencing the mood of voters in New Hampshire?
“It makes students worry what that does to the value of their degree,” Colin Loiselle, student government president, said. “All this turnover and the way that the board handled this in the press really brings some concerns to students.”
The Iowa caucuses are on Monday, but Donald Trump made a brief detour to New Hampshire for a rally in Nashua Friday.
Bristol County is seeing a surge in suicides. In the past three and a half years, 171 people in the county have died by suicide.
From the funeral of cardiac surgeon Dr. Michael J. Davidson, who was shot to death this week at a Boston hospital: “Surgeons are not known for their bedside manner, but Michael had it in spades,” Terri Halperin, Dr. Davidson’s widow, said during the service. “That’s why the fact that a patient’s family member would take Michael away from us makes it all the more devastating.”
My brother first developed symptoms when he was 15, and found that he could no longer run as fast as his high school soccer teammates. Since the age of 43, he has been confined to a wheelchair or scooter, unable to walk or stand.
With the new George Clooney film out, we bring back a 1998 interview with one of the real Monuments Men.