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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

Slain MIT Cop Collier Recalled As A ‘Hero’

April 18, 2014
Flowers lay at a memorial stone after a one-year remembrance ceremony for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier on campus in Cambridge Friday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sean Collier, the MIT police officer allegedly killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, was remembered Friday — a year after his death.

Two Fallen Firefighters Wanted To Be Where The Action Is

March 27, 2014

BOSTON — The firehouse on Boylston Street where Lt. Ed Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy worked is the city’s second busiest, and it’s where young firefighters want to go because it’s where the action is.

Boston-Area Colleges Start Sending Admission Letters

March 25, 2014

BOSTON — Compared to 2013, acceptance rates are down at a number of local universities.

Walsh Persuades Gaming Commission To Hear Boston Casino Appeal

March 20, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is proposing to have the city designated as a host community for resort casino proposals in Everett and Revere.

Students Protest Suspension Of Pro-Palestinian Group At Northeastern

March 18, 2014

BOSTON — Students for Justice in Palestine say they are being unfairly singled out. The university says the group has been suspended “for multiple violations of university policy over an extended period of time.”

Former Mass. U.S. Sen. Scott Brown Launches Senate Bid In N.H.

March 15, 2014

NASHUA, N.H. — Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown is considering another run for the Senate, this time in New Hampshire.

Obama Looks To Boston Fortunes To Boost Democrats

March 06, 2014
After his arrival at Logan Airport Wednesday afternoon, President Obama talks with Boston Mayor Mayor Martin Walsh, as Gov. Deval Patrick looks on. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

BOSTON — President Obama was in Greater Boston Wednesday night raising money for his party, as he tries to preserve a Democratic Senate in this fall’s election.

DCF Commissioner Discusses Agency’s Challenges, Struggles

March 04, 2014
Facing questions about her ability to lead the DCF, commissioner Olga Roche points to her 27 years of experience. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — The Department of Children and Families has been embroiled in controversy since last year’s disappearance of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver. We speak with Olga Roche, the agency’s commissioner.

Why The Best Low-Income Students Often Don’t Apply To The Most Competitive Colleges

February 27, 2014
Many high-achieving, low-income students don't realize they can afford to go to the most selective colleges, which often have large endowments. (AP)

BOSTON — Many high-achieving low-income students don’t know about the most selective colleges — or realize they can afford to go.

Adjunct Faculty At Lesley Vote To Unionize

February 25, 2014

BOSTON — Among the adjunct faculty’s reasons for forming a union, raises have not kept up with inflation and full-time faculty can make $3,000 more per course than adjunct faculty.

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