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 — Nelson Mandela was instrumental in opening the service group’s first international branch, in South Africa.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — We visit a boot camp of sorts for new mayors at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to find out what they learn there.
We’ll find out how Geckskin could transform everything from hanging up your flat screen TV to how firefighters scale burning buildings.
We’ll talk about the casino votes, the special election in the 5th Congressional District, and the future of Lawrence now that a new mayor is on the way.
We speak with Katherine Clark, the Democratic candidate for the Fifth Congressional District in Massachusetts.
A new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem features fashion from groundbreaking Japanese designers including Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo.
BOSTON — We speak with Lawrence Mayor-elect Dan Rivera, who narrowly won office and now faces the difficult task of trying to turn around a problem-plagued city.
There’s been a lot of attention given in recent years to the home birth movement, the trend toward mothers giving birth in a home setting — no surgeons, no fluorescent hospital lights, no drugs. Today, we’re talking about the other end of that timeline: “home deaths.”
This year, for the first time ever, Thanksgiving coincides with the first day of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. This unique convergence has inspired the term “Thanksgivukkah” and created a perfect opportunity to celebrate the food of both traditions.
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.