WBUR Staff

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

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 the media 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.

Bridgewater ‘Civility Forum’ Seeks To Nurture A Community Of Respect

April 21, 2016

The Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect group was formed after a resident witnessed what she called “hate speech” directed at a Muslim couple at the town’s post office.

After Being Booed Off Stage At LGBT Event, Baker Responds

April 14, 2016

For months, the governor has carefully avoided saying whether he would sign, or veto, the transgender public accommodations bill.

Ken Burns Teaches Students About Jackie Robinson, Black History And Art Of Filmmaking

April 11, 2016
Jackie Robinson, the first African-American MLB athlete. (Courtesy Hulton Archive Getty Images/PBS)

“We can learn a lot about things now, that went on before,” Ken Burns told the students. “We’re discussing right now Black Lives Matter, Confederate flags, stop and frisk, driving while black” — themes that are present in his latest documentary, “Jackie Robinson.”

Gov. Baker To Testify On Economic Development Plan

April 05, 2016
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to WBUR in his State House office in December. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The plan earmarks $500 million for the MassWorks program, which helps communities with certain infrastructure needs.

Transgender Public Accommodations Bill Remains Stalled In Mass. Legislature

April 01, 2016
Gov. Charlie Baker won't say whether he supports the bill, which would expand anti-discrimination protections for transgender people from the areas of housing and employment to include public accommodations -- such as gender-segregated restrooms. Here, a sign marks the entrance to a gender-neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. (Toby Talbot/AP/File)

Gov. Baker won’t say whether he supports the bill, which would expand anti-discrimination protections for transgender people from the areas of housing and employment to include public accommodations — such as gender-segregated restrooms.

Gov. Baker: DCF Policy Changes Helping, But More Work Needs To Be Done

March 28, 2016

“The job of improving how the state cares for its most vulnerable children is probably never done,” the governor said.

Gov. Baker Visits State’s 1st Correctional Unit For Vets

March 18, 2016
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian shows Gov. Charlie Baker the bunks of the Housing Unit for Military Veterans at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction in Billerica. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Eighteen inmates are housed together in the new unit at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction, which opened in mid-January.

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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