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Delores Handy

Host/Reporter, WBUR

Delores Handy is a multiple Emmy-awarding winning broadcast journalist. She worked at radio and television stations in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas as well as in Memphis, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., before moving to Boston in 1982 to work at Channel 7.

Since arriving in Boston, she has also worked at Channel 2 and Channel 68 as a producer, news anchor and host. In addition, she has been news anchor for the Monitor Channel and CNN Headline News.

Among her awards and honors are four Emmy Awards for her work in television in Washington and Boston; induction in the “Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for 25 years of excellence in television; a citation by the Museum of African-American History as one of the 350 people who epitomize the spirit of black presence in Massachusetts; Journalist of the Year by the Washington Press Club; a New York International Film Festivals Award for Documentaries; and many other awards from journalism and civic organizations for her work as a producer, writer, reporter and news anchor.

Recent stories

South Boston High School Hosts Frank, Positive Discussion On Race

May 14, 2015

Excel High School in South Boston devoted a class period Wednesday to an all-school conversation about race.

Judge Grants Boston Man Bail Before New Trial For Killing Police Detective

May 13, 2015
Sean Ellis enters a Suffolk Superior Court courtroom for his bail hearing Tuesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After nearly 22 years, Sean Ellis, who was convicted after three trials of the murder of a Boston police detective in 1993, has been granted bail by the same judge who has ordered a new trial in his case.

Judge Orders 4th Trial For Man Convicted Of Boston Cop’s 1993 Murder

May 06, 2015

Sean Ellis was convicted of the murder of Det. John Mulligan after three trials. Now, his lawyer says he’s eligible to argue for his release from prison on bail after nearly 22 years.

BPD Commissioner: Sergeant ‘Wrong’ For Telling Man Not To Videotape Cops’ Interaction With Teen

May 01, 2015
A screenshot of the video

A police sergeant will apologize to a man for telling him he could not videotape officers investigating a situation involving a 14-year-old with a realistic-looking fake gun in Roxbury.

New Leader Named For Boston’s Vocational High School, Madison Park

April 29, 2015
Madison Park High School in Roxbury (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Kevin McCaskill, currently an administrator in Hartford, has been chosen as the first executive director of Boston’s only technical vocational high school.

Mass. Lawmakers Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of MLK Speech In Boston

April 28, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks before the Massachusetts Legislature in Boston on April 22, 1965. (AP)

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature. Lawmakers read his speech in its entirety Monday.

Boston City Council Weighs Paid Parental Leave For Some City Workers

April 22, 2015

The Boston City Council is considering whether to establish a paid parental leave policy for all city of Boston employees.

Judge To Rule Soon On Possible 4th Trial For Man Convicted Of Killing Boston Officer

April 10, 2015

Sean Ellis was tried three times in 1995 for the murder of a Boston police detective in Roslindale. A judge is expected to hand down a decision next month on whether he should receive a fourth trial, as his lawyers say new evidence and information cast doubt on his conviction.

From Boston’s 1st Jail To Fugitive Slave Trials, 26 Court St. Has History

April 08, 2015
26 Court Street sits on what city records say is “believed to be the oldest plot of land continuously owned by the City of Boston.” (Delores Handy/WBUR)

26 Court St. sits on what is believed to be the “oldest plot of land continuously owned by the City of Boston.” We delve into its long, colorful history.

Roxbury Building Renamed For Late Boston Politician Bolling

April 07, 2015
The Ferdinand building, now renamed after Bruce Bolling, is seen in January. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Bruce Bolling, who died in 2012 at the age of 67, was the first African-American elected president of the Boston City Council.

In 44th Year, ‘Black Nativity’ Finds New Home In Boston’s Theater District

December 05, 2014
(Courtesy Black Nativity)

Boston’s celebrated annual holiday production of “Black Nativity” opens Friday night in at the Paramount.

Thomas Menino, Boston’s Longest Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

October 30, 2014
Picture of Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino. The former mayor died on October 30, 2014. He was 71. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Menino guided the city for 20 transformative years. WBUR’s Delores Handy brought us this remembrance.

After Bombs Hit, Spaulding Moved Front And Center

April 15, 2014
In this 2013 WBUR file photo, marathon bombing survivor Mery Daniel works with occupational therapist Becky Buttiglieri outside the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Thirty-two marathon bombing survivors, including 15 amputees, were treated on an inpatient basis at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Woman Says She Was Shackled Just Before Giving Birth To Son

February 21, 2014

Imagine being a prisoner and going through labor in handcuffs or leg restraints. WBUR spoke with one woman who says she went through it.

Mass. Man Cleared Of Drug Charges

October 12, 2012

The judge’s decision to acquit Shawn Drumgold was based on prosecutors’ theory of possession, not on the drug lab scandal.

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