Sacha Pfeiffer is a senior reporter and host of WBUR’s All Things Considered, as well as a fill-in host on the nationally syndicated Here & Now. She was previously host of Radio Boston, the station’s weekday show highlighting interesting people, places and issues in Boston and beyond.
Pfeiffer joined WBUR in 2008 after more than a decade as a reporter for the Boston Globe, where she was on the Spotlight investigative team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stories on sex abuse in the Catholic church. At WBUR, she initially covered health, science, medicine and the environment, and she has received numerous honors from the Associated Press and the Radio and Television News Directors Association, as well as a national Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast reporting.
Pfeiffer got her start in journalism at the Dedham Times, a weekly newspaper south of Boston. She then moved to the Globe and, during her years on the Spotlight Team, produced series on financial abuses by private foundations, George W. Bush’s military service, shoddy home construction, and the Catholic church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse. The latter series also won a George Polk Award for National Reporting, Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, and Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, among other honors. At the Globe, she also covered legal affairs, the state court system and the nonprofit sector.
From 2004-2005, Pfeiffer was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where she studied at Stanford Law School. She is a co-author of Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church and has been an adjunct faculty member at Boston University’s College of Communication. She has an undergraduate degree in English and history, magna cum laude, and a master’s degree in education, both from Boston University. She is also an English-as-a-second-language teacher.
BOSTON — A nonprofit organization may form a central nationwide fund to benefit victims of future mass attacks.
Officer Terry Shane Burke had his left leg amputated above the knee and offers insight into the recovery process and what it takes to regain independence.
BOSTON — A month after the Boston Marathon bombings, the makeshift memorial continues to grow. We spoke with an archivist about the future of the items left there.
BOSTON — Boston and other cities are rethinking how they design transportation systems since millennials drive less than baby boomers.
BOSTON — The director of the Israel Trauma Coalition describes the work the group has been doing in the Boston area with people affected by the marathon bombings.
BOSTON — But funeral director Peter Stefan said he cannot find a cemetery to accept the body.
BOSTON — Stephen Randall’s song for the bombing victims is designed to keep adding additional voices as people anywhere record themselves.
BOSTON — The state agency had been wracked with charges of patronage hiring before a new state law and change in leadership.
BOSTON — Republican Senate candidate Dan Winslow has held high-level jobs in every branch of state government and says ideas are his “hobby.”
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Richard Donohue Jr., who was badly injured in last week’s shootout with the marathon bombing suspects, has “his sense of humor back” and is recovering nicely, according to his brother.