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Steve Brown

Reporter/Anchor, WBUR

Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR’s State House 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

Boston Remembers State’s Fallen Veterans On The Common

May 26, 2016
Mark Brings, of Marblehead, stands in a sea of red, white and blue on the Boston Common on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Some 37,000 small American flags have been planted on the Boston Common — one for each Massachusetts citizen killed in battle dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Suspect In Auburn Officer Shooting Had Extensive Criminal History

May 23, 2016

More details are emerging on the events that led up to the fatal shooting of an Auburn police officer Sunday morning at a traffic stop.

Suspect In Shooting Death Of Auburn Officer Dies In Shootout With State Police

May 22, 2016
Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon speaks to reporters about a shootout that ensued between troopers and the suspect in the shooting death of Auburn police officer early Sunday. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

Authorities say Jorge Zambrano, 35, of Worcester, was found inside a duplex in Oxford — just miles from where Auburn Officer Ronald Tarentino was shot and killed — shortly after 6 p.m. Police say he fired at them and was killed in a shootout.

Mass. Legislators Give First Round Approval To Millionaires’ Tax

May 18, 2016
This is the first time the millionaires' tax proposal is coming before the Legislature's Constitutional Convention. The joint session is being held in the House Chamber of the State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Residents seem to widely support a millionaires’ tax. But the state’s constitution would need to be amended first, and that process is complex.

State Senate Approves Transgender Bill

May 13, 2016

The bill prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations.

2 Hailed As Heroes After Deadly Taunton Rampage

May 11, 2016

Authorities say Arthur DaRosa went on a rampage that left two victims dead and five others injured.

State Transportation Officials Give Tentative OK To Green Line Extension Project

May 10, 2016

State transportation officials are making some cutbacks, but they do plan to go ahead with the long-delayed extension of the MBTA’s Green Line into Somerville and Medford.

Baker Says He Still Will Not Vote For Donald Trump

May 04, 2016
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to members of the media on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, after Donald Trump becomes the apparent Republican nominee. (Elise Amendola/AP)

“I sincerely doubt I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton either,” Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters on Wednesday.

Transgender Public Accommodations Bill Moving Ahead In Legislature

April 29, 2016

A revised version of the bill released Friday adds language directing the state attorney general’s office to issue guidance for prosecuting anyone who asserts gender identity for an improper purpose.

To Beat Traffic, Legislator Calls For Expanding Transportation Options

April 26, 2016
State Sen. Tom McGee, chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation, drives from his home in Lynn to the State House. Here, northbound traffic on the Lynnway comes off of the Point of Pines Bridge in Lynn. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We hop into state Sen. Tom McGee’s Ford Focus for a closer look at the gridlock facing North Shore commuters and to hear his thoughts on what can be done to shorten drives into the city.

Teen At Center Of Custody Battle Over Diagnosis Sues Boston Children’s Hospital

February 25, 2016
Justina Pelletier, seated, speaks to media alongside the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, left, and her mother Linda Pelletier on Thursday outside the State House in Boston. The Pelletiers filed a lawsuit against Children's Hospital in Boston over a medically-related custody dispute. (Bob Salsberg/AP)

Justina Pelletier’s family accuses the hospital and four doctors of negligence and violation of civil rights.

Gov. Baker Appears To Be Growing Frustrated With Lack Of Movement On Opioid Bill

February 24, 2016
Gov. Charlie Baker listens as President Obama speaks during a meeting with fellow governors at the White House on Monday. The governors spoke about the opioid addiction crisis. /Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The legislation remains bottled up in a conference committee that’s working out the differences between the House and Senate.

‘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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