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

Friendly And ‘Wasn’t Fussy': Menino’s North End Barber Remembers His Regular Of 21 Years

October 31, 2014
Mayor Tom Menino (center) with his barbers Gino Colafella (left) and John Cammarata. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

BOSTON — Tom Menino had a good rapport with the citizens of Boston. During his tenure at City Hall, he met countless people. As his barber, one Boston resident had a one of a kind relationship with the mayor.

Apollo Astronauts Discuss Future Of Space Exploration At MIT

October 23, 2014
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks at MIT during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is marking its centennial this week, with a symposium examining the past, present and future of aviation and space exploration. Its opening day brought eight Apollo-era astronauts together.

Grief Remains 10 Years After Accidental Death Outside Fenway

October 21, 2014
Victoria Snelgrove with her parents, Rick and Dianne, in this 2003 family photo (Courtesy of the Snelgrove family)

EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — But Victoria Snelgrove’s tragic death after a Red Sox win has also prompted changes in how Boston police respond to big crowds.

Don’t Forget The Legislature: Breaking Down The (Few) Races To Watch

September 04, 2014

The Legislature will not look very different in January. Still, there are some interesting legislative contests playing out on Tuesday.

With Public And Private Sector Experience, Steve Grossman ‘Knows Both Systems’

September 03, 2014
Massachusetts state Treasurer Steve Grossman acknowledges supporters as he takes the stage at the state Democratic Convention. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Treasurer Steve Grossman has had a long career as a businessman, philanthropist and Democratic fundraiser. Now he wants to add governor to that list.

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
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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.

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