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Fred Thys

Reporter, WBUR

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.

Recent stories

At Summit On Sexual Assault, Administrators Learn Strategies To Stop Serial Rapists

July 16, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. — Experts told the college administrators gathered this week at Dartmouth College that it’s just a small group of people who are responsible for most attacks.

Sexual Assault Summit Opens With Questions For Federal Officials

July 15, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. — College administrators from around the country are meeting in New Hampshire this week to review how schools respond to sexual assaults on campus.

Dartmouth To Host Discussion On Sexual Assault

July 14, 2014

BOSTON — Representatives from 64 colleges and universities around the country are gathering at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., Monday morning to discuss strategies for dealing with sexual assaults on college campuses.

A ‘Nightmare’ Of A Game: Framingham Brazilians Watch 7-1 Defeat

July 09, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — WBUR’s Fred Thys was in Framingham Tuesday, where high hopes were devastated during Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.

Investigators Attempt To Identify Chemical Agent At Plymouth Elementary School

July 08, 2014

BOSTON — Investigators are trying to identify a chemical agent at a Plymouth elementary school that sent 11 people to the hospital.

Recorders Indicate Hanscom Plane Aborted Takeoff

June 04, 2014
(Fred Thys/WBUR)

BEDFORD, Mass. — The cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder recovered from the Gulfstream jet that crashed at Hanscom Field this weekend suggest the pilots attempted to stop the aircraft, but investigators still don’t know why.

Investigators Recover Voice, Flight Data Recorders At Hanscom Crash

June 03, 2014
Wreckage lay at the scene Monday in Bedford, where a private plane plunged down an embankment and erupted in flames during a takeoff attempt at Hanscom Field Saturday night. Seven people died in the crash. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

BEDFORD, Mass. — Now that the flight recorders have been recovered, investigators will be able to determine the aircraft’s top speed.

Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty To Two Additional Killings

May 29, 2014

BOSTON — Prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez, after his drink was spilled, stalked, shot and killed two men and injured a third in the summer of 2012.

Why Women Don’t Study Engineering — And What 1 Mass. College Is Doing About It

May 27, 2014
Associate Professor Benjamin Linder teaches User-Oriented Collaborative Design at Olin College. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

BOSTON — A 2011 study says women account for just 18 percent of undergraduate students in engineering. Needham’s Olin College is trying to redefine engineering and reduce that gender gap.

Some Williams Alumni Ask College To Mandate Expulsion For Rape

May 22, 2014

BOSTON — Williams College is coming under growing pressure from alumni who are pushing for the school to expel students who commit sexual assaults.

Listening Back To One Of The Real ‘Monuments Men’

February 12, 2014
This photo provided by The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art of Dallas shows group members as they remove Michelangelo’s "Bruges Madonna" from the salt mine in Altaussee, Austria, on July 10, 1945. (AP/National Archives and Records Administration)

BOSTON — With the new George Clooney film out, we bring back a 1998 interview with one of the real Monuments Men.

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