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Steve Brown

Reporter/Anchor, WBUR

Steve is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR’s Statehouse reporter.

Steve began his career in radio while still in high school in the late 1970s on Cape Cod. In 1979, during his freshman year at Emerson College, Steve began providing news reports from the Massachusetts State House for various radio stations around the state including WROR and WRKO in Boston, WMAS in Springfield, WNBH in New Bedford and WCIB in Falmouth.

In 1987, Steve joined the staff of WMJX and WMEX in Boston as a political and general assignment reporter, heading up the station’s award-winning coverage of the Dukakis presidential campaign. In the early 1990s, Steve began working in television as a reporter and writer at WLVI-TV in Boston, and later at WBZ-TV (CBS-4).

Steve returned to his radio roots in 2003 as a news anchor/host at WBUR, and has covered a variety of stories including the Boston Marathon Bombings and aftermath, the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, congressional redistricting, casino gambling, the state budget process and the passing of former Boston mayor, Kevin White. Since 2012, Steve has taken on corrections as a beat, and has since toured all 16 Massachusetts Department of Correction facilities and three county houses of correction.

When not working, Steve spends time as an amateur Genealogist and Beekeeper.

Recent stories

Woman Killed By Manhole Cover On Boston Highway

February 12, 2016

State officials are looking into Friday morning’s tragic accident on Interstate 93 in Boston near the O’Neill Tunnel. A woman was killed when a manhole cover flew up and smashed through her windshield.

Boston Mobster’s Longtime Girlfriend Pleads Guilty To Contempt Charges

February 03, 2016

WBUR’s Steve Brown was in the courtroom and joined All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins to explain what happened.

Legislature Begins Series Of Budget Hearings

February 02, 2016

Baker’s Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore defended his proposed budget, telling lawmakers the state must keep spending in line with revenue growth in order to close its structural deficit.

Gov. Baker Heralds Accomplishments, Outlines Goals In State Of The Commonwealth Address

January 22, 2016
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his State of the Commonwealth address at the State House Thursday night. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Gov. Charlie Baker made the opioid addiction crisis a key point in his address — calling for passage of a bill aimed at curbing the state’s problem and criticizing the medical community for being too casual in prescribing.

Gov. Baker To Deliver First State Of The Commonwealth Address

January 21, 2016
In his first State of the Commonwealth address, Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to discuss a number of topics he has spoken at length about during his first year as Massachusetts governor. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Baker said he will speak about a number of issues he’s discussed at length about during his first year as governor, such as the state’s budget, energy solutions and opioid crisis.

Mass. Senators Learn The Ins And Outs Of Colorado’s Marijuana Businesses

January 13, 2016
A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

A trip to Denver is showing eight Massachusetts senators what effect Colorado’s marijuana legalization has had on communities and businesses there. The trip is also raising many questions about how to implement legalization if it were to becomes a reality in Massachusetts.

Mass. Lawmakers In Denver To Learn About Legalized Recreational Marijuana Regulations

January 12, 2016

Should voters approve an expected ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use, several Massachusetts state Senators have traveled to Colorado to learn about what laws and regulations would need to be put in place.

Mass. State Senators Travel To Colorado To Learn About Its Legalized Marijuana Industry

January 11, 2016
Located about a block away from the Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver is the legal marijuana dispensary Good Chemistry. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

With a referendum about legalizing recreational marijuana expected to be on the November ballot, a delegation of Massachusetts lawmakers are in Colorado this week.

As Mass. Legislature Kicks Off New Year, A Look At Where Key Bills Stand

January 06, 2016
A handful of bills will be occupying the headlines out of Beacon Hill during the next few months -- on issues ranging from the opioid abuse crisis to public records reform. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A handful of bills will be occupying the headlines out of Beacon Hill during the next few months. Here’s a summary of where things stand.

Challenges Confront Baker In His First Year As Governor

December 29, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker (Jesse Costa/WBUR File Photo)

We look at Gov. Charlie Baker’s first year in office, from the goals outlined in his inaugural address to the numerous — often unexpected — crises he had to confront.

‘Status Quo Is Unacceptable,’ Baker Says As He Testifies On His Opioid Bill

November 17, 2015

As the state’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of slowing down, a Beacon Hill panel listened Monday to hours of testimony on Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill seeking to stem the scourge.

State Legislature Hears From Both Sides On Doctor-Assisted Suicide Bill

October 27, 2015

The bill is similar to a ballot initiative that was narrowly defeated by voters three years ago.

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