Deborah Becker is a Senior Correspondent and Host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.
Deb is also a substitute host on several WBUR programs and helps produce and report for various WBUR special projects. Deb also worked on the launch of WRNI, Rhode Island’s NPR News Station, where she served as Morning Edition host and host of the weekly show “Focus Rhode Island.” Before coming to WBUR, she worked at Monitor Radio, the broadcast arm of The Christian Science Monitor newspaper. She also worked at several Boston area radio stations. Deb has received numerous awards for her hosting, newscasts, reporting, and investigative reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA), Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, National Education Writers Association, Associated Press, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Parent/Professional Advocacy League and United Press International. She has also completed several fellowships on addiction, mental health, juvenile justice and journalism and the law.
Deb studied journalism at St. Bonaventure University. She lives with her family in central Massachusetts.
The state opioid crisis comes starkly into view at the AHOPE needle exchange program, where one wall is covered with obituaries for people who have died of overdose. The program aims to keep people off that wall.
“A lot of people in our town don’t even know that heroin is an issue,” Kaegan Casey told WBUR, “so I just needed to spread awareness and try to do something.”
Since being granted parole, Joe Donovan — who in 1992 at age 17 threw a punch that led to the murder of a MIT student — has been transferred to a minimum security facility and spends several hours a day in anger management and counseling programs as he works towards his release.
Charlie Battle, one of the nine original people who helped Atlanta win the bid to host the 1996 Olympics, discusses the legacy of the Atlanta Games and the questions Bostonians should be asking as the city bids for the 2024 Summer Games.
Instead of arresting drug users, Gloucester police will help them get into treatment. On the program’s first day, no one came to police looking for help — and there are some who question whether anyone will.
Starting Monday, Gloucester police will not charge people who turn in illegal drugs. Instead, the department will help them get into treatment.
Some history is coming back to life on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.
Northampton Attorney David Hoose, who successfully argued to spare the life of a nurse convicted of fatally poisoning VA patients, talks about the appeal process in death penalty cases.
The jury in the case of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev today enters the second full day of deliberations on whether Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or imprisoned for the rest of his life.
Incoming Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang joined WBUR Thursday morning to talk about his vision.
Newly released testimony from a judicial review of Joshua Messier’s 2009 death quotes a state medical examiner as saying that Plymouth DA Timothy Cruz misrepresented her comments about Messier’s death.
With suicide the second-leading cause of death for people of college age, many schools are trying to determine what additional steps they can take to try prevent suicide among students.
A program at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston is helping women write their own memoirs as a form of healing.
“Christmas In Harvard Square,” by the St. Paul’s Choir School, is near the top of the classical Billboard chart.
In 1965 in Selma, Alabama, news cameras captured police using tear gas and billy clubs on civil rights demonstrators. Now that story is being told on the big screen for the first time.
Several groups are praising his choice, citing Sudders’ work as the former state mental health commissioner and former head of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
MIT and MGH are partnering with the goal of developing better technologies and methods to diagnose and treat disease.
The school recently received a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to send doctors and nurses to help care for Ebola patients and reopen health care facilities.
A new study commissioned by the U.S. Army has found that the mental health of soldiers isn’t as different from civilians as the researchers previously thought.
One of the country’s leading medical journals is withdrawing support for a Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician President Obama nominated to become the next surgeon general.
How prepared is Massachusetts for Ebola? That was the question during a hearing at the State House Thursday.
From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR’s Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.
As Massachusetts lawmakers take up the $20 million bill aimed at addressing the state’s opioid crisis, questions about the best treatments remain.
A growing body of research shows that addiction is a complex brain disease that affects people differently. But the research also raises hopes about potential treatments.
Marijuana is touted as a treatment for chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and anxiety — and some say it may be a way to help alleviate Massachusetts’ opiate crisis. But that idea is causing some tension in the addiction treatment community.
“However … deficiencies at the Drug Lab created an atmosphere that allowed for [Annie] Dookhan to commit her crimes,” the state inspector general wrote in his review.
With the Massachusetts Inspector General expected to release his report on the state drug lab crisis any day now, a local doctor is part of a new national effort to reform forensic testing.
Matt Segal of the Massachusetts ACLU discusses the criminal cases that linger as the state investigates the drug lab scandal.
The court is again being asked for guidance on how to deal with criminal convictions thrown into question by the state drug lab crisis.
Congress could take up legislation in 2014 aimed at improving oversight of the nation’s crime labs. Critics say lawmakers need to take action after several lab scandals.
WBUR’s Deborah Becker, who has been reporting on the drug lab scandal all year, looks back on the case and at the unresolved legal ramifications of chemist Annie Dookhan’s actions.
Convicted former chemist Annie Dookhan has never spoken publicly about the drug lab crisis. We speak with her lawyer, now that she’s in prison.
Former chemist Annie Dookhan began her first full day in prison Saturday, but lingering questions persist about state oversight of forensic testing.
Disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan is on her way to prison for a drug lab crisis that’s created turmoil throughout the Massachusetts criminal justice system.
A former state chemist is expected to plead guilty to charges of falsifying thousands of drug tests and throwing the entire Massachusetts criminal justice system into a tailspin.
Photographer Ivan Velinov says he looks for interesting Bostonians who look open to sharing their stories on his blog Portraits of Boston.