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 dropped charges for Aisling Brady McCarthy are just the second time since 2006 that the state medical examiner has amended the manner of death. The other time also involved the death of a child.
The state’s opioid crisis is visible in many public places, where syringes litter the ground. We tagged along for a sweep of a Boston park.
Deborah Lee James, the secretary of the U.S. Air Force, was in Boston recently for a conference about women veterans and entrepreneurship, and to visit with Massachusetts members of the U.S. Air Force. We talked with her about women in service, the intersection of business and defense, and the long-term future of bases in Massachusetts.
The executive director of SUNY Stony Brook’s Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities says that it appears male students at the school may have viewed their female peers as “a kind of currency by which men move up or down in a male hierarchy.”
Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington has been with the team since 1999, according to Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who says he has a contract with them at least through next season. Shaughnessy says Cherington is being fired and the suggestion that he’s resigning is simply “the way they prefer to parse out uncomfortable truths.”
Executive Director of the Children’s League of Massachusetts Erin Bradley discusses the state’s embattled Department of Children and Families in the wake of another death of a child overseen by the agency.
Massachusetts is one of 15 states joining a White House effort to bring together law enforcement agencies and public health workers in the response to the opioid epidemic.
About 100 poets will read their work in eight-minute increments during the event, which will take place through Sunday at Outpost 186 in Cambridge.
After Wednesday night’s violence, Boston’s streetworkers will fan out to respond and say they’ll focus on reaching out to young people involved with gangs.
A process known as Section 35 allows relatives to request someone be involuntarily committed for court-ordered treatment — and its use is up as the state battles an opioid crisis.
At least 15 state attorneys general are said to be preparing a legal challenge to the plan, which would require deep cuts in climate-changing emissions from power plants. But in Massachusetts, the proposal is drawing bipartisan support.
Many of the well known rock bands from Boston who got early starts at the club in Cambridge have been making farewell visits.
Some history is coming back to life on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.
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.