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Sacha Pfeiffer

Host, All Things Considered, WBUR

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.

Recent stories

Group Song Inspired By Marathon Bombings Grows To Nearly 100 Voices

April 15, 2014

A group song inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings now contains about 90 voices, including two choirs.

Marathon Medical Tent Nurse: Krystle Campbell ‘Will Stay With Me Forever’

April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A finish line medical tent nurse who helped treat Krystle Campbell, one of the Boston Marathon bombing fatalities, recalls that experience and the personal connection he felt to her.

Free Trauma Counseling Available To Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

April 14, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with a trauma counselor who’s treating Boston Marathon bombing victims with psychological injuries.

For Some Boston Bombing Victims, Psychological — Not Physical — Wounds Linger

April 14, 2014

BOSTON — Many Boston Marathon bombing victims weren’t physically injured in the attack, but they do have psychological wounds that linger a year later. Each week, some of them meet in a support group at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

‘Something Very Important Was Shared’: Doctors Who Treated Marathon Bombing Victims Remember Back

April 09, 2014
FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston.  A federal grand jury in Boston returned a 30-count indictment against bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday, June 27, 2013, on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON — Two doctors who helped bombing victims at the Boston Marathon finish line describe how that experience changed them personally and professionally.

One Last Boston Marathon For Legendary Father-Son Team

April 08, 2014
Rick and Dick Hoyt, Boston Marathon stalwarts since 1981, by the Hamilton Reservoir behind their home in Holland, Mass. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — The 2014 Boston Marathon will be the final one for Dick and Rick Hoyt, who’ve competed in the event since 1981. This year they are racing for the victims of last year’s bombing.

Boston Offers Free Counseling As Marathon Bombing Anniversary Approaches

April 07, 2014

BOSTON — City officials are offering free counseling services as the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings gets closer.

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.

Mass. Legislature Faces Deadline To Advance GMO Labeling Bill

March 13, 2014

BOSTON — A legislative deadline is approaching in Massachusetts for the push to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

‘We’re Going To Have More Questions,’ Says Lawmaker Investigating Dispensary Licensing

March 11, 2014

“We definitely want to make sure that she’s living up to that statement,” state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez says of the state medical marijuana program director’s assertion that she’s “confident in the strength and integrity” of the dispensary licensing process.

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