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Anthony Brooks

Senior Political Reporter, WBUR

Anthony Brooks brings more than 30 years of experience in public radio, working as a producer, editor, reporter and host for WBUR and NPR.

Until becoming WBUR’s senior political reporter, Brooks was co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s local news and talk show. For many years, Brooks worked as a Boston-based reporter for NPR, covering regional issues across New England, including politics, the economy, education, criminal justice and urban affairs. During the 2000 presidential election, he was one of NPR’s lead political reporters, covering Vice President Al Gore’s campaign from the early primaries through the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore ruling. His reports have been heard for many years on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

Beyond NPR, Brooks was also a senior producer on the team that launched “The World” for Public Radio International. He was also a senior correspondent for InsideOut Documentaries at WBUR. His documentary, “Testing DNA and The Death Penalty-InsideOut,” won the 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Award for best radio feature.

Over the years, Brooks has won numerous other broadcast awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Regional Broadcasters Award, the AP Broadcasters Award, the Ohio State Award and the Robert L. Kozik Award for environmental reporting for his Soundprint documentary, “Chernobyl Revisited.”

Brooks also has been a frequent fill-in host for NPR’s On Point and Here & Now, produced by WBUR.

In 2006 Brooks was awarded a Knight Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he spent a year of sabbatical studies focusing on urban violence and wrongful convictions.

Brooks grew up in Boston, Italy and Switzerland, but he says none of those places have anything over Somerville, Mass., where he currently lives.

Recent stories

Weekend Before N.H. Primary, Christie And Rubio Tussle While Clinton Travels To Michigan

February 08, 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie embarrassed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on the Saturday night debate stage, and crowed about it on Sunday, as Rubio tried to recover.

While Most Candidates Are Busy Campaigning In N.H., Trump Is Not

February 05, 2016
Donald Trump gestures while speaking during a campaign stop at Exeter Town Hall in Exeter, N.H. on Thursday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Trump made one stop in New Hampshire the day after finishing second in the Iowa caucuses, and was back for a few hours Thursday.

After Iowa Caucuses, Clinton And Sanders Are Back On The Campaign Trail In N.H.

February 03, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to supporters as she arrives on Tuesday for an event in Hampton, N.H., on her first day in New Hampshire after winning the Iowa Caucus. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Following her razor-thin victory in Iowa, Hillary Clinton spent Tuesday rallying loyal Democrats. Bernie Sanders was also back on the campaign trail — sounding a lot like an Iowa winner, as well.

New Hampshire Takes Center Stage In 2016 Race

February 02, 2016

How are the results of the Iowa caucuses influencing the mood of voters in New Hampshire?

In New Hampshire, Clinton And Sanders Battle For The Future Of The Democratic Party

January 29, 2016
Bernie Sanders has defied expectations with his grassroots challenge of Hillary Clinton -- turning their primary race in New Hampshire into a fight over the future and soul of the Democratic Party. (David Becker/AP)

Bernie Sanders has defied expectations with his grassroots challenge of Hillary Clinton — turning their primary race in New Hampshire into a fight over the future and soul of the Democratic Party.

Trump Boasts About Poll Numbers, But Urges N.H. Supporters Not To Be Complacent

January 26, 2016

With the first presidential primary now two weeks away, Sanders is ahead of Hillary Clinton 55 to 39 percent in New Hampshire. On the GOP side, Trump leads Ted Cruz 33 to 14 percent.

As The Primary Nears, Candidates Converge In N.H.

January 22, 2016

Thursday night, Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican John Kasich held separate town meetings in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, within an hour of each other.

WBUR Poll: Large Share Of N.H.’s Undeclared Voters Yet To Settle On A Candidate Or A Party

January 21, 2016
A new WBUR poll of undeclared New Hampshire voters finds that many have yet to make up their minds about who to vote for -- or even which party to support. Our poll also found that the two candidates those voters like the most are Republican John Kasich and Democrat Bernie Sanders. (AP)

New Hampshire’s undeclared voters are notoriously independent and play a crucial role in picking the winners. And our latest poll finds that with less than three weeks before primary day, many are undecided.

State, Local Leaders Recall The Work Of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19, 2016

They said, despite the progress the country has made on racial justice, much more work remains to be done.

Questions About Citizenship Become A Major Irritant For Ted Cruz

January 15, 2016
The controversy about Ted Cruz's citizenship is being fueled by Donald Trump, but a prominent constitutional scholar from Harvard, who actually taught Ted Cruz in the 1980s, says by Cruz's own logic he's not eligible for the presidency. Pictured here, Trump and Cruz at a debate last month. (John Locher/AP)

The controversy is being fueled by Donald Trump, but a prominent constitutional scholar from Harvard, who actually taught Ted Cruz in the 1980s, says by Cruz’s own logic he’s not eligible for the presidency.

With Election Day Looming, Gubernatorial Candidates Make Closing Arguments

October 27, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe, Pool/AP)

For the latest on the governor’s race, we talk with WBUR’s Asma Khalid, Republican strategist Jeff Stinson and former Democratic state treasurer Shannon O’Brien.

Week In Review: Politics, Menino, Surgeon General

October 24, 2014
Thomas Menino at the city’s most recent homeless census, in December. (Jesse Costa/WBUR File Photo)

WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer and Anthony Brooks speak with Radio Boston’s week-in-review panel.

Littlefield On Sports: Bill’s New Book Of Athletic Verse

October 22, 2014
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey is tagged out by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Posey tried to score from second on a hit by Pablo Sandoval. (AP)

Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield talks about “Take Me Out,” his new illustrated book of verse on sports.

Littlefield On Sports: MLB Playoffs, Head Of The Charles, Bikes In Afghanistan

October 15, 2014
Rowers compete in the 2013 Head of the Charles. (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, joins us to talk about the world of sports.

Gov. Patrick On Ebola: ‘No Cause For Alarm’ In Massachusetts

October 14, 2014
A hazmat worker cleans outside the apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. (LM Otero/AP)

State health and government officials are working hard to tamp down fears about the global Ebola crisis one day after five people arrived at Logan Airport from Dubai with flu-like symptoms.

Cambridge Comedian Jimmy Tingle Makes Comic Sense

August 15, 2014
Jimmy Tingle performs onstage. (Courtesy Jimmy Tingle)

Jimmy Tingle talks about his brand of news commentary and political comedy.

Week In Review: Market Basket, Income Inequality, Politics

August 15, 2014
Boston Red Sox greats Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP)

We’ll talk about Market Basket, the mayoral task force on income inequality, the race for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, and the sales tax holiday.

Littlefield On Sports: Red Sox Hall Of Fame, College Athletes

August 13, 2014
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens during a ceremony prior at Fenway Park in 2013. On Thursday, Celemens will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. (AP/Elise Amendola)

Bill Littlefield breaks down this week’s sports news, from the reconfigured Red Sox to Roger Clemens’ final acceptance into a Hall of Fame (but not the one in Cooperstown) to paying college athletes.

Week In Review: Market Basket Protests, Federal Convictions, Anger Over Immigration Plan

July 25, 2014
Market Basket employees face an ultimatum to return to work today without fear of penalty. Market Basket employees are pictured here on July 25 in Haverhill in a show of support for Arthur T. Demoulas, the former chief executive of the supermarket chain.(AP)

Our news roundtable goes behind the week’s headlines.

Week In Review: Patrick’s Child Aid Plan, BRA Audit, Haystack

July 18, 2014
Zelda holds up a sign as she joins demonstrators outside the Mexican Consulate Friday, July 18, 2014, in Houston. Prospects for action on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will go into its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas. (AP)

Governor Patrick makes an impassioned plea today for the state to help the flood of children crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border. Plus, we’ll take a look at the BRA’s books and a new parking app.

Paying for College

March 29, 2004

support wbur today Colleges and universities are sending high school seniors fat and thin envelopes this week. Now parents must figure out how they are going to pay for their children’s education. Adding up tuition, books, and room and board, for the 2003-2004 year the average private college cost $29,500. For many schools, this number […]

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