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David Boeri

Senior Reporter, WBUR

Radio reporter, writer, and former long-time television reporter at WCVB’s News Center Five, David Boeri is the 2012 winner of the National Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism, the New England Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism, the New England Associated Press award for hard news reporting, and a winner of the ACLU “Defender of Freedom” award for his work at WBUR.

He is the author of the e-book Bulger on Trial: Boston’s Most Notorious Gangster and The Pursuit of Justice published in November 2013.

Over his career, Boeri has won twenty-five national, regional and local awards for his reporting on organized crime, legal issues, the environment, politics and corruption. His three decades of investigative reporting on the FBI and its corrupt relationship with James Whitey Bulger have won national recognition. “David Boeri lived up to the expectation of the news media as a fervent watchdog over government” wrote the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been named “Boston’s Best Political Reporter’ and “Boston’s Best Reporter”.

His reporting has focused on legal and criminal issues, including the case of a murder confession coerced from a sixteen-year old Worcester girl, Nga Truong, who spent almost three years in jail awaiting trial before a judge threw the confession. After fighting a legal battle to obtain a police videotape of the alleged confession, Boeri aired the interrogation that led to the judge’s decision and the criminal charges to be dropped.

Earlier in his career as a writer, Boeri spent several years living with Eskimo hunters in Northwestern Alaska. People of the Ice Whale (E.P. Dutton; Harcourt, Brace) chronicled an endangered culture’s hunt for an endangered whale. His first book followed several years working as a commercial fisherman in Boston. He co-authored “Tell it Good-bye Kiddo”: The Decline of the New England Offshore Fishery.

Recent stories

Prosecution Rests In Penalty Phase Of Tsarnaev Trial After Victim Testimony

April 24, 2015

After intense and emotional testimony from victims Thursday, federal prosecutors have completed their case seeking the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

More Bombing Victims Expected To Testify As Tsarnaev Sentencing Continues

April 23, 2015

This is the third and what’s expected to be the last day of testimony on behalf of the government in the sentencing phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev marathon bombing trial.

Prosecutors Call Tsarnaev An ‘Unrepentant Killer’ As Phase 2 In His Trial Begins

April 22, 2015

Calling Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an “unrepentant killer,” federal prosecutors are urging a jury to impose a sentence of death on the convicted Boston Marathon bomber.

Tsarnaev Jury Delivers Guilty Verdicts After Weeks Of Haunting Testimony

April 09, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys William Fick, left, Judy Clarke, second from right, and David Bruck, right, as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial. The jury found Tsarnaev guilty. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

As the clerk read the jury’s verdicts Wednesday, neither Tsarnaev or his attorneys, nor the prosecution or the bombing survivors in the courtroom, showed surprise. But, there was drama in the delivery of the 30 verdicts.

In Closing Arguments For Marathon Bombing Trial, Prosecution Recalls Carnage

April 07, 2015

Jurors begin deliberations Tuesday in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Closing Arguments Delivered In Tsarneav Trial

April 06, 2015

The jury in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin deliberating Tuesday morning, after attorneys presented their closing arguments Monday.

Defense Rests In 1st Phase Of Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

March 31, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial earlier this month. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Tsarnaev’s lawyers ended their case Tuesday after calling just four witnesses. Closing arguments are set for Monday.

Drawing Tears From Jurors, Tsarnaev Prosecution Rests

March 31, 2015

With graphic testimony centered on 8-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard, the prosecution concluded its case Monday.

Tsarnaev Jurors Hear Testimony On Victims’ Deaths, Examine Bomb Replicas

March 27, 2015

Jurors are hearing from medical examiners testifying about the deaths of three victims near the finish line. On Day 14 of the trial, the prosecution also had jurors touch replicas of the bombs.

As Prosecution Winds Down In Tsarnaev Trial, A Look At Its Focus, Recent Witnesses

March 25, 2015

WBUR’s David Boeri discusses the prosecution’s recent positions as it winds down its case in the first phase of the trial of admitted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Another Day, Another Round Of Special Drug Court Hearings

October 18, 2012

The special hearings involve evidence that may have been deliberately tainted by a chemist at the now-closed state drug lab.

Chemist At Center Of State Drug Lab Scandal Arrested

September 28, 2012
Annie Dookhan

The former state chemist at the center of a growing scandal about tainted evidence that has put thousands of drug cases in Massachusetts in jeopardy is now a defendant herself.

State Lab Chemist Told Police She Intentionally Falsified Test Results

September 27, 2012

Witnesses also told state police that Annie Dookhan asked for specific drug samples by evidence control number, a distinct breach of protocol.

Official: 1,150 Convictions Could Be In Question In Lab Scandal

September 25, 2012

The disclosure came on the same day a judge suspended the sentence of a Roxbury man whose case involved drugs handled by the chemist at the heart of the problems.

First Drug Conviction Vacated In Wake Of Drug Lab Scandal

September 20, 2012

David Danielli was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea after it was discovered that state chemist Annie Dookhan had tested the evidence used to convict him.

State’s Public Health Chief Resigns Amid Crime Lab Crisis

September 18, 2012

John Auerbach accepted blame for the failure to monitor, detect and report the mishandling of drug samples by a single state chemist.

Mass. Public Health Commissioner Resigns

September 17, 2012

The drug evidence mishandling scandal at the state crime lab in Jamaica Plain has led to the resignation of Commissioner John Auerbach.

State Chemist Possibly Mishandled Evidence In 34,000 Cases

September 12, 2012

State agencies and district attorneys on Wednesday will to try and clarify what happened at the troubled state crime lab that was shut down last month.

State Chemist In Closed Lab Handled 50,000 Samples

September 06, 2012

The new revelation raises the possibility of an enormous number of legal challenges from people convicted or awaiting trial in drug cases.

Closing Of Crime Lab Could Jeopardize Thousands Of Drug Cases

August 31, 2012

Officials are investigating allegations of deliberate mishandling of evidence by a woman who had worked for the lab for 10 years.

‘Whitey’ The Kid

May 30, 2012
Some basic criminal records in Massachusetts -- including mug shots -- are exempt from state public records law, according to recent rulings by the secretary of state. (Courtesy David Boeri)

Newly obtained government documents show that Bulger started snitching on fellow criminals as early as the 1950s.

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