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Meghna Chakrabarti

Co-Host, Radio Boston, WBUR

Meghna Chakrabarti is the co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews with extraordinary people, and analysis on broader issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond.

She is also the primary fill-in host for Here & Now, NPR and WBUR’s newly expanded national midday news program.

Before taking the helm at Radio Boston in 2010, she reported on New England transportation and energy issues for WBUR’s news department. She also produced and directed WBUR’s national news and talk program, On Point, for five years.

Chakrabarti has won awards from both the Associated Press and the Radio Television News Directors Association for her writing, hard news reporting, and use of sound. On Radio Boston, her interviews have encompassed a wide range: Secretary of State John Kerry and law professor Anita Hill, actor F. Murray Abraham and pianist Lang Lang, language expert Steven Pinker and author Lois Lowry, comedians Mindy Kaling and Rachel Dratch, public radio favorites David Isay and the late David Rakoff, and many more.

A former fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting, Chakrabarti holds bachelor’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Oregon State University, as well as a master’s degree in environmental science and risk management from Harvard University.

She earned an MBA with honors from Boston University in 2013.

Recent stories

Listener Letters: Critically-Ill Girl

May 31, 2013

Here & Now fill-in host Meghna Chakrabarti responds to listeners’ feedback on our story yesterday, “Dying Girl Sparks Debate Over Organ Transplants.”

Matt Damon: ‘Hold On To Your Humanity’

April 26, 2013
Matt Damon with John Lithgow. (Jon Chase/Harvard Staff photographer)

Matt Damon goes back to Harvard for the Arts Medal.

Behind The Scenes At Warren’s Campaign Headquarters

November 07, 2012

An essay on what the television cameras didn’t see Tuesday night at Elizabeth Warren’s campaign headquarters in Boston.

A Status Update And A Fight Against Bullying

November 02, 2012
Maisie Miller was bullied for wearing pigtails to school. (Emily Zendt for WBUR)

BOSTON, Mass. — After being taunted one day for her pigtails, Maisie Kate Miller, of Marblehead High, used her Facebook page to launch a campaign against bullying.

The ‘Olmsted Elm,’ Reincarnated

September 13, 2012
"Noise Wars" by Christina Xu. (Photo by Erik Gould. Courtesy of Rhode Island School of Design.)

RISD students shaped the honey-colored wood from the Olmsted Elm into sculptures that are now on display at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historical Site in Brookline.

Visionaries: Terri Lyne Carrington, Jazz Prodigy

April 24, 2012
Jazz musician Terri Lyne Carrington (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

From a teenage appearance on the “Tonight Show” to a 2012 Grammy Award, Terri Lyne Carrington remains a role model not just for drummers, but for aspiring female musicians everywhere.

Acoustica Electronica Remixing The Classics

February 17, 2012
Acoustica Electronica (Courtesy)

Acoustica Electronica is the brainchild of Touch Performance Art, a group that brings together musicians from local conservatories and classically trained DJs to reinvent and remix the most commanding of the classics.

Last Secret Recordings Of JFK Reveal Income Inequality As Issue In Re-Election Bid

January 24, 2012
President John F. Kennedy as he held a news conference at State Department auditorium in Washington on Nov. 14, 1963. (AP)

The JFK Library has released 45 hours of audio recordings made during the final months of Kennedy’s life. We take a closer look.

Gingrich Talks Immigration, Campaign Finance In Manchester

January 08, 2012

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Newt Gingrich held a post-debate town hall meeting in Manchester that had all the trappings of a candidate looking ahead to primaries in South Carolina, Nevada, and Florida as he watches his New Hampshire poll numbers sink.

Do Some Leaders Have ‘First-Rate Madness’?

August 25, 2011
President Abraham Lincoln, here in an undated portrait, had a history of mental illness. (AP)

In a new book, Dr. Nassir Ghaemi claims the best crisis leaders are either mentally ill or mentally abnormal.

Making Butterflies: Preserving New England’s Caterpillars

August 19, 2011
Portrait with Cecropia Moth in Blue Hills, Milton, Mass. (Courtesy Sam Jaffe)

Sam Jaffe, an amateur naturalist, is working to preserve some oft-overlooked New England fauna: native caterpillars.

‘Caleb’s Crossing’ Explores Historic Martha’s Vineyard

May 26, 2011
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Only two members of the Wampanoag Indians have graduated from Harvard. The first, who graduated in 1665, is the subject of Geraldine Brooks’ new book, ‘Caleb’s Crossing.’

Marshall Sought Justice In Apartheid South Africa

August 11, 2010

Is Margaret Marshall a visionary, as her admirers believe? Or an activist judge, as her critics cry? Marshall is best known for her 2002 decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Now she is stepping down as chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. We sit down with Marshall for an intimate and in-depth interview about her life.

GOP’s Baker: Undocumented Shouldn’t Spend Taxpayer Dollars

May 11, 2010
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker in WBUR's Studio 3 on Monday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Even as Massachusetts leaders decry Arizona’s controversial immigration law, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is defending his proposal to bar access to state services for undocumented immigrants.

Suspended MBTA Safety Director Speaks Out

December 16, 2009

BOSTON — A lawyer for suspended MBTA safety director Cynthia Gallo is calling the suspension “retaliation” for Gallo’s complaints about gender pay inequity at the T.

If Candidates Hold A Press Conference And No One Shows Up…

December 16, 2009

…is it still a press conference? That’s what happened Wednesday to both the major party candidates for U.S. Senate. State Sen. Scott Brown stood alone — save for a WBUR reporter — at a lectern next to a giant restaurant bill called “Martha Coakley Tax Bill” and talked about all the additional taxes Massachusetts voters […]

Coakley Presents Her Case Before Commercial Real Estate Brokers

December 16, 2009

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley barely mentioned the word Senate, and not once mentioned her opponents, while delivering the keynote address at the annual meeting of a Massachusetts real estate group.

MBTA Safety Director Suspended

December 15, 2009

BOSTON — The MBTA’s director of safety was suspended on Thursday, according to a state transportation official familiar with the matter.

Paul Samuelson, Nobel Prize-Winning Economist, Dies At 94

December 13, 2009

BELMONT, Mass. — Nobel prize winning economist Paul Samuelson died Sunday at his home in Belmont. He was 94.

In A Senate Sprint, Pagliuca Waited In Line

December 10, 2009

Reporter’s Notebook The scene: Boston. A Chinatown restaurant just off Essex Street. Lavender walls and brushed ink paintings. A buffet spread complete with beef broccoli, fried rice and mu shu pork. And a big, green banner proclaiming “Steve Pagliuca For Senate.” But where was Pagliuca? This was his campaign event. Supporters had come, so had […]

Pagliuca Goes 1-For-2 Tuesday Night

December 08, 2009

BOSTON — The crowd chanted “Steve! Steve! Steve!” as Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca took to the stage to give his concession speech at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston’s South End. Pagliuca pledged to throw his support behind Democratic nominee, Attorney General Martha Coakley.

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