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Lynn Jolicoeur

Producer/Reporter, WBUR

Lynn Jolicoeur is the field producer for WBUR’s All Things Considered. In that role, she researches, produces, writes and edits feature stories and interview segments for the signature evening news program. She also reports for the station’s various local news broadcasts and previously worked as a freelance producer for the national shows Here & Now and On Point.

Prior to joining WBUR, Lynn worked as a television news reporter and anchor for eighteen years. Her career took her to four stations in the Midwest and New England, most recently Boston’s WCVB-TV. While working for a station in Ohio, she was the only local television journalist to report from the scene of the Oklahoma City bombing. In Connecticut, her investigative stories resulted in amendments to two state laws protecting consumers and crime victims, and indirectly led to the value of a major credit card company’s stock plummeting $3 billion in one day.

Lynn is the winner of numerous journalism awards, including a Boston/New England regional Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in News Reporting. She obtained a journalism degree from Boston University.

Outside the world of news, Lynn has two very fun “gigs.” She is a singer, fronting her own band that performs jazz and pop music at clubs, restaurants, and functions; and she is the mother of twins. She and her children live in the MetroWest area.

Recent stories

Writing To Heal From Trauma: Women Pen Memoirs With Help From Michael Patrick MacDonald

March 27, 2015
Four of the women who took part in the "Close to Home" memoirs project, including Jennifer McCall, left. (Courtesy Crittenton Women's Union/Richard Howard Photography)

A program at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston is helping women write their own memoirs as a form of healing.

Suicide Prevention Campaign Approaches Men ‘On Their Own Terms’

March 26, 2015
Franklin Cook, project manager of the MassMen campaign, and Candice Porter, executive director of Screening for Mental Health, using the MassMen website. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

A new public health campaign in Massachusetts is using some unique approaches to try to reduce suicide among men.

Mass. State Police Head: Go After Heroin Dealers For Overdose Deaths

March 24, 2015

With heroin overdose deaths skyrocketing in Massachusetts, the head of the state police is calling for authorities to take a relatively new step to help stem the crisis.

Federal Mental Health Chief Calls Rising Suicide Rate ‘Unacceptable’

March 20, 2015

We speak with Dr. Tom Insel about the state of research into and understanding of suicide.

The Science Of Suicide: Researchers Work To Determine Who’s Most At Risk

March 20, 2015
Harvard psychology professor Matt Nock and research assistant Nicole Murman demonstrate the Implicit Association Test related to suicide risk. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

In the latest story in our series, we examine what researchers are doing to try to prevent suicide.

Wishing They Asked Tough Questions: Reflecting On A Father’s Suicide

March 19, 2015
Valerie Alfeo files through a table full of family photos at her home in Waltham. Her father, Ted Washburn, took his own life in 2011. He was 54. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Ted Washburn, 54, took his own life in 2011. His children Valerie and TJ recall their father and his struggles.

Mass. Prison Officials Alter Policies After Attorneys’ Bra Search Complaints

March 10, 2015

The new policies say correction officers will not conduct patdowns if it appears an underwire bra is setting off a metal detector.

Analysis: Tsarnaev Defense Strategy Not Unusual For Death Penalty Case

March 05, 2015

Suffolk Law professor Chris Dearborn says admitting guilt and not cross examining victims on the stand is not an unusual defense strategy for a death penalty case.

‘They’ve Always Had Open Arms': Second, Third Chances Are Key To Lowell Youth Program’s Success

February 13, 2015
At Lowell's United Teen Equality Center, Ginny Chhuon, 21, right, talks with Elizabeth Porrazzo, a transitional coach, and Geoff Foster, director of organizing and policymaking. “I think I probably would be homeless if I didn’t find this place,” Chhuon says of UTEC. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

UTEC is part drop-in center, part school, part counseling and mentoring, part vocational training and social justice advocating, part cafe. But most of those involved say what UTEC really is is a family.

Elizabeth Warren, Grammy Winner? She’s Up For One In The Spoken Word Category

February 06, 2015
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Warren is nominated in the Spoken Word category of the Grammys for her audio book “A Fighting Chance.”

‘She Was Able To Put On A Happy Face': Big Personality Masked Pain That Led To Suicide

February 05, 2015
Nancy Cavanaugh (Courtesy of the family)

A performer “who made everybody laugh,” Nan Cavanaugh stood out. But maybe that was a way for her to mask her pain. Her family remembers her.

‘The Biggest Barrier’ To Preventing Suicide: Not Talking About It

February 05, 2015
Justine Barnes holds a photo of her brother, Lucas LaCaire. “I don’t hold back anymore. My brother died by suicide. My brother struggled,” Justine says. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

So often, suicide is hidden. We speak with those who’ve lost a loved one to suicide about their efforts to bring it out of the shadows.

MBTA Problems ‘The Unavoidable Result Of Years Of Bad Transportation Policy’

February 03, 2015

Charlie Chieppio has written extensively about the MBTA and told WBUR the transit agency has some big problems that the Baker administration is going to have to deal with.

Learn To Cope Founder To Attend State Of The Union

January 20, 2015

Drug use in Massachusetts and the state’s addiction epidemic is something a Raynham woman hopes President Obama will discuss in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Mass. Mother Pushes To Criminalize Synthetic Drug 25I After Daughter’s Death

January 20, 2015

An East Bridgewater mother is asking state lawmakers to criminalize a synthetic hallucinogen she says killed her 15-year-old daughter after she used it just once.

Listen: Sacra To Return To Liberia As UMass Medical Ups Efforts There

January 12, 2015

The doctor from Holden who’s affiliated with UMass Medical School and contracted Ebola while working with a missionary organization in Liberia is now returning to that country for the first time since being cured of the disease.

A Look At The ‘Economic Gamble’ Behind Hosting The Olympics

January 08, 2015

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Thursday that Boston will be the American bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Cambridge Choir School Charting High With Christmas CD

December 23, 2014
Practice at St. Paul’s Choir School (Courtesy of AimHigher Recordings)

“Christmas In Harvard Square,” by the St. Paul’s Choir School, is near the top of the classical Billboard chart.

Homeless Displaced By Long Island Bridge Closure Remain In Flux

December 18, 2014
A man who did not want to be identified sits on a cot in a temporary shelter set up by the Boston Public Health Commission following the Long Island bridge closure. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dozens of women have been sleeping in the atrium of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless respite facility. And the emergency shelter housing 250 men in the South End was only meant to be used for four to six weeks — it’s already been 10.

‘Selma’ Is About ‘The Power Of Voice,’ Director Ava DuVernay Says

December 10, 2014
This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows David Oyelowo, center, as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Carmen Ejogo, right, as Coretta Scott King in the film, "Selma." (Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures)

In 1965 in Selma, Alabama, news cameras captured police using tear gas and billy clubs on civil rights demonstrators. Now that story is being told on the big screen for the first time.

Baker Taps Marylou Sudders To Lead Health And Human Services Department

November 21, 2014
Marylou Sudders (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Several groups are praising his choice, citing Sudders’ work as the former state mental health commissioner and former head of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

New MGH-MIT Partnership Marries Medicine And Tech

November 19, 2014
MIT graduate student Matthew Li, MIT engineering professor Michael Cima, and MGH nephrologist Dr. Herbert Lin with the portable device they’re developing to measure hydration state and blood volume using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MIT and MGH are partnering with the goal of developing better technologies and methods to diagnose and treat disease.

UMass Medical School Sending Team To Fight Ebola In Liberia

November 10, 2014
Dr. Rick Sacra, a UMass Medical School faculty member who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, walks out of a media availability with Chancellor Michael Collins Sept. 4 in Worcester. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

The school recently received a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to send doctors and nurses to help care for Ebola patients and reopen health care facilities.

Shocked By His Own Voice: Male Soprano Soars In World’s Smallest Vocal Category

May 14, 2014
Male soprano Robert Crowe (Courtesy)

Robert Crowe is one of the very few male sopranos singing professionally worldwide.

From ‘Scandal’ To Chekhov: Actress Kate Burton On Her Later-In-Life Professional Success

March 19, 2014
Kate Burton in the role of Irina Arkadina in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Anton Chekhov’s "The Seagull." (T. Charles Erickson)

WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with actress Kate Burton — from the hit TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” — about her role in the Huntington Theatre’s current production.

Boston Doctor Chosen For New National Effort To Reform Forensic Testing

February 21, 2014

With the Massachusetts Inspector General expected to release his report on the state drug lab crisis any day now, a local doctor is part of a new national effort to reform forensic testing.

What Spurs Jazz Icon Herbie Hancock’s Constant Musical Reinvention? ‘Boredom!’

February 06, 2014
Herbie Hancock at his first of six Harvard University lectures on "The Ethics of Jazz." (Tia Chapman/Harvard University)

Legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock talks about his role as Harvard University’s 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry, and muses on life.

‘I Am A Human Being, Just Like You': Stories By Boston’s Homeless Come To The Stage

November 21, 2013
Nolan Bagley

An unusual theater event is happening in the Boston area this weekend: “Stories Without Roofs,” a collection of writings by homeless people performed by professional actors, singers and dancers.

Lure Of Jagger: Marsh Chapel Choir Embraces Rock ‘N’ Roll

June 12, 2013

BU’s Marsh Chapel Choir temporarily ditches its traditional church music to sing with the Rolling Stones.

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