WBUR Staff

Steve Brown

Reporter/Anchor, WBUR

Steve is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR’s midday host/local news anchor. He also delivers the national newscasts heard on nearly 500 NPR stations at the bottom of each hour during Here and Now.

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 16 of the 17 Massachusetts Department of Correction facilities.

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

Recent stories

The Mass. Prison Intake Process For An Inmate Like Jared Remy

May 28, 2014
Jared Remy pleads guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and other charges for stabbing his girlfriend Jennifer Martel to death. (Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe/AP/Pool)

For all male prisoners turned over to DOC custody, MCI Cedar Junction is their first stop.

Remembering Mandela’s 1990 Visit To Boston

December 05, 2013
Nelson Mandela, center, waves after his after his arrival at Logan Airport on June 23, 1990. Mandela is flanked by Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis, left, and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, far right. (David Longstreath/AP)

One of the first stops for Nelson Mandela on his worldwide tour after being freed from prison was to Boston.

John F. Kennedy’s Final Footsteps At Home

October 18, 2013
John F. Kennedy kisses his father in Hyannisport in this 1963 photo. (AP)

A Harvard-Columbia football game. A graveside visit. A sundae stop. Final time with his father. We trace President John F. Kennedy’s final trip home, 50 years ago Saturday.

For Those Who Fell Asleep Before Sox Win, A Day After Filled With Regret

October 15, 2013

Steve Brown has watched or listened to all the great Boston sports moments during his lifetime. But the Red Sox win got away from him.

With Viral ‘Mass. Liberal’ Ad, Sciortino Hopes History Repeats Itself

September 19, 2013
Carl Sciortino, in a screenshot of his much-discussed campaign ad

BOSTON — Carl Sciortino’s much-discussed campaign ad brings to mind an ad that vaulted Edward Markey to Congress in 1976.

John Henry’s Deal To Buy The Boston Globe Brings Optimism

August 04, 2013

BOSTON — There seems to be a hopeful feeling in the air that Henry’s purchase of the Globe will be good news for the struggling newspaper business.

Hernandez Charges Lead To Questions About Patriots’ Judgment

June 27, 2013

BOSTON — The arrest of the now-former tight end for murder is leading some to question the judgment of the team and its owner, Robert Kraft.

Mayor Menino Says City Will Save First Night — At Least This Year

June 21, 2013

BOSTON — “I’m putting a team together next week to start the planning process of how we make it happen,” Menino said Friday.

Remembering East Bridgewater’s Civil War Veterans

May 27, 2013
Re-enactors offer a 21 gun salute to the townspeople of East Bridgewater who fought in the Civil War. (Courtesy of Jim Weidenfeller)

EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — East Bridgewater sent hundreds of soldiers to fight in the Civil War. Almost 50 of them never returned home.

Manhunt Prompts Lockdown Of Boston’s Deserted Streets

April 19, 2013
A lone pedestrian walks along Pearl Street in downtown Boston Friday, April 19, 2013 after mass transit was suspended while a suspect was hunted following bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday. (Bill Sikes/AP)

Picture how almost everything is shut down on a snow day, but without the snow — that’s how it was Friday as law enforcement conducted an intensive manhunt looking for the suspect-at-large in connection to the Boston Marathon bombings.

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