Sacha Pfeiffer is a senior reporter and host of WBUR’s All Things Considered, as well as a fill-in host on NPR’s 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.
Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s new memoir covers his rise from an obscure political aide to the city’s longest-serving mayor.
Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, joins us to talk about the world of sports.
We speak with members of a Jamaica Plain church about their protest — and arrest — in Ferguson, Missouri.
More than 24 Harvard law professors are saying publicly that the university’s new sexual assault policy violates the rights of the accused.
The Catholic Church has recently expressed more welcoming views towards gays and lesbians, unmarried couples and divorced people. One local priest weighs in on the change in tone.
State health and government officials are working hard to tamp down fears about the global Ebola crisis one day after five people arrived at Logan Airport from Dubai with flu-like symptoms.
BOSTON — With its app, a Cambridge startup is trying to make roads safer by making safer drivers.
BOSTON — Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch recently traveled to Iraq and Turkey and says he still doesn’t have a good sense of whether the rebels are “reliable partners.”
BOSTON — The cities of Somerville and Chelsea sit across the Mystic River from the planned Wynn Resorts casino in Everett, and although their leaders call each other friends, they’re on opposing sides of the casino issue.
BOSTON — Boston-based Partners In Health is helping try to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
BOSTON — Now that Wynn Resorts has won the Boston-area casino license, Suffolk Downs race track is likely to close.
BOSTON — The race for Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District has become one to watch.
Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert talks about his book “Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park.”
We’ll talk about the races for governor and attorney general, the handling of college sexual assault cases, and the 40th anniversary of court-ordered desegregation of the Boston public schools.
The documentary “Oil and Water” chronicles an Amherst teenager’s crusade to help Ecuadorian communities sickened by oil drilling and oil spills.
A conversation with Marisa DeFranco, one of four Democratic candidates challenging Congressman John Tierney in Tuesday’s primary.
BOSTON — Actor Thayne Jasperson is bounding out of his comfort zone and transforming on stage from man to man’s best friend. He says playing the family dog in the ART’s current production, Finding Neverland, “is the coolest thing ever.”
BOSTON — Nine months after winning the World Series, the Red Sox unloaded five key members of that championship team Thursday, including Jon Lester. Boston Herald sports writer Steve Buckley puts the flurry of high-profile trades into context.
CHATHAM, Mass. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that the kites and their shadows scare piping plovers and other shorebirds that nest at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham. But the kiteboarders believe there’s no proof that their sport has any negative impact on the birds.
BOSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously struck down the Massachusetts law creating abortion clinic buffer zones.
BOSTON — The casino repeal referendum in Massachusetts is “about as exciting a kind of an issue … that we will see in some time in this state,” one political analyst says.
BOSTON — Robert Crowe is one of the very few male sopranos singing professionally worldwide.
A group song inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings now contains about 90 voices, including two choirs.
BOSTON — 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 — Legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock talks about his role as Harvard University’s 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry, and muses on life.
There’s a new theatrical event in Boston: a Broadway-style comical musical spun from scratch on the spot using a story idea supplied by the audience.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — BU’s Marsh Chapel Choir temporarily ditches its traditional church music to sing with the Rolling Stones.