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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 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.

Recent stories

Ebola Causing ‘Collapse Of The Health Care System’ In West Africa, Boston Doctor Says

September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Boston-based Partners In Health is helping try to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

‘It’s A Devastating Day’: Suffolk Downs COO Weighs In On Casino Decision

September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Now that Wynn Resorts has won the Boston-area casino license, Suffolk Downs race track is likely to close.

Tisei: Moulton’s 6th District Victory Doesn’t Change Plan Of Attack

September 10, 2014

BOSTON — The race for Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District has become one to watch.

The Transforming Power Of A Dog Park

September 05, 2014
Visitors and their dogs enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park in the Encino section of Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel/AP)

Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert talks about his book “Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park.”

Week In Review: Governor’s Race, Attorney General, Desegregation Anniversary

September 05, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steven Grossman, left, Martha Coakley, center, and Donald Berwick pose for a photo after a debate at the Boston Herald Radio Studio, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Boston. The three will face off for their party's nomination in the Sept. 9 primary. (AP)

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.

Appalled By Drilling Damage In Ecuador, Amherst Boy Takes On Oil Companies

September 05, 2014
Anayeli Vargas and others affected by oil extraction participate in the fist day of inspections in the trial against Texaco in the Ecuadorean Amazonian region in Joya de los Sachas, Ecuador, Aug. 18, 2004. (Dolores Ochoa/AP)

The documentary “Oil and Water” chronicles an Amherst teenager’s crusade to help Ecuadorian communities sickened by oil drilling and oil spills.

Marisa DeFranco Facing Challenges On All Sides In 6th District Congressional Race

September 05, 2014
Marisa DeFranco addresses the Democratic State Convention before the delegate vote in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday, June 2, 2012. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

A conversation with Marisa DeFranco, one of four Democratic candidates challenging Congressman John Tierney in Tuesday’s primary.

Boston’s Songs Of The Summer

August 22, 2014
A man listens to music on the beach. (Flickr/raissaviza)

A local music journalist riffs on summer songs, including the summer tunes specific to Boston.

Week In Review: James Foley, Police Militarization, Governor’s Race

August 22, 2014
After speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, John and Diane Foley talk to reporters, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP)

We’ll talk about the death of journalist James Foley, concern about police militarization, the race for governor, and the race for attorney general.

WWI Exhibit Focuses On Newton Woman Who Volunteered In War Effort

August 22, 2014
Truck, soldiers and horse-drawn artillery walking on a snow-covered road. (Margaret Hall/Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society)

Photos and writings by Newton native Margaret Hall, a Red Cross volunteer in France in 1918-19, make up the core of this Massachusetts Historical Society exhibition.

How Can Boston Improve Its Food Truck Scene?

August 22, 2014
Roxy's Grilled Cheese was one of the first to the Boston food truck scene. (Bing/Flickr)

James DiSabatino, the “chief cheese griller” at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, shares his food truck wisdom.

From Growls To Canine Gait, A.R.T. Actor Embraces His Animal Role

August 22, 2014
Thayne Jasperson plays the family dog Porthos in the new musical "Finding Neverland" at the American Repertory Theater. (Courtesy of the A.R.T.)

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.”

iPad Saturation: Have We Reached ‘Peak Tablet’?

August 21, 2014
A reporter films Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones on his IPad as he speaks to media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP)

Sometimes it seems like everyone who wants — or can afford — a tablet computer already has one. So where do things go from here?

Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ Makes It To The Big Screen Two Decades After Publication

August 21, 2014
Author Lois Lowry. (Matt Mckee/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The children’s author talks about the movie adaptation of her 1993 Newbery Medal-winning novel.

With Flurry Of Trades, Red Sox ‘Got Rid Of A Lot Of Working Parts'

July 31, 2014
Jon Lester pitches during the first inning of a Red Sox game against the Royals earlier this month. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

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.

To Protect Birds, U.S. Seeks Kiteboarding Ban At Monomoy

July 01, 2014
The federal agency that oversees the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge says kiteboarding and piping plovers are a bad mix, so it’s proposed a ban on the sport there. And that’s caused howls of protest from kiteboarders who believe they can enjoy their sport without posing any threat to birds. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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.

Protesters Welcome Buffer Zone Ruling, While State Leaders Seek Action

June 26, 2014

BOSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously struck down the Massachusetts law creating abortion clinic buffer zones.

Anti-Casino Ballot Question Will Dominate Mass. Governor’s Race, Analyst Says

June 24, 2014

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.

The Ghostly Sound Of The Theremin, An Instrument Played Without Being Touched

June 20, 2014
Jon Bernhardt playing the theremin in the WBUR studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Writer Sean Michaels will be at Porter Square Books this weekend discussing his new book, “Us Conductors,” about the theremin’s inventor, Leon Theremin. He will be joined by Somerville theremin player Jon Bernhardt, who joins us in studio to play his unique instrument.

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

May 14, 2014
Male soprano Robert Crowe (Courtesy)

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

Lost In The Mountains? N.H. Considers Hiker Fee To Cover Rescue Costs

May 06, 2014
In this Jan. 22, 2007 file photo, a search-and-rescue team boards a helicopter to head to the top of Mount Lafayette to look for a missing hiker in Franconia, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

BOSTON — To defray the expense of rescuing lost and injured hikers, New Hampshire is considering charging hikers an upfront fee to help cover search-and-rescue costs.

Furry, 4-Legged Therapist Helps Marathon Bombing Victims Through Hard Year

April 16, 2014
Jessica with rescue.

BOSTON — Meet Rescue. He’s a specially trained assistance dog that’s helping Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, newlyweds who each lost a left leg in the marathon bombing, rebuild their lives.

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.

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)

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.

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)

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

Making It Up As They Go: Boston's Unscripted Musical Project

December 19, 2013
Members of Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project perform a recent show. (Courtesy)

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.

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

November 21, 2013
Nolan Bagley

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.

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

June 12, 2013

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

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