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.
Researchers want to alter the DNA of entire wild populations — but they’re opening the discussion to the public before they move forward.
A new pilot program lets some psychiatric patients read their therapists’ notes online. Advocates say it could help with treatment. Others worry it may be harmful.
Weston-based author Sukey Forbes tells the story of the sudden loss of her 6-year-old daughter Charlotte and her unusual method of coping with grief.
A federal jury found Azamat Tazhaykov guilty of impeding the FBI’s Boston Marathon bombing investigation.
Governor Patrick makes an impassioned plea today for the state to help the flood of children crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border. Plus, we’ll take a look at the BRA’s books and a new parking app.
Barbara Madeloni tapped into many teachers’ feelings of frustration about testing when she ran for — and won — the presidency of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
New research shows that learning to play a musical instrument, especially at a young age, can benefit the brain.
Gov. Deval Patrick says the state can — and should — do more to help some of the tens of thousands of children who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months.
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 — 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.
Raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts, combating opioid addiction and Boston as a possible host city for the 2024 Olympics. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind this week’s headlines.
Birds, cats, whales, chimps and many other types of animals can experience mental health problems that mirror our own symptoms.
BOSTON — Robert Crowe is one of the very few male sopranos singing professionally worldwide.
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.
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.
A group song inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings now contains about 90 voices, including two choirs.
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.
BOSTON — WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with a trauma counselor who’s treating Boston Marathon bombing victims with psychological injuries.
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.
BOSTON — Two doctors who helped bombing victims at the Boston Marathon finish line describe how that experience changed them personally and professionally.
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.