WBUR Staff

Doug Tribou

Reporter / Producer, WBUR

Doug Tribou joined the staff of Only A Game as a producer and reporter in 2008. He first came to WBUR as a news anchor in 2006.

Doug grew up in Reading, Mass. and Fair Lawn, N.J. He began his professional radio career as a producer at WRKO in Boston before working as a news anchor and reporter at WHCU in Ithaca, N.Y.

In 1999, Doug became the program and news director for three stations in Portland, Maine. During his six years there, WGAN’s news coverage earned several awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press. Doug was also honored for his reporting on breaking news and for his writing and direction of on-air marketing campaigns for WGAN and WZAN. Saga Communications named him its national program director of the year in 2001.

Doug also taught radio news writing at the University of Southern Maine. He later became the program director for Boston’s first full-time ESPN Radio station and worked as a radio programming and branding consultant.

In addition to his stories and guest hosting appearances on Only A Game, Doug’s reporting has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition and American Public Media’s Marketplace. Doug also makes frequent appearances on NPR’s Here and Now.

Doug has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. In 2013, he earned a Master’s degree in Advertising from Boston University. He lives with his wife, their two daughters, and their sizeable dog, Ox, in the Boston area.

Recent stories

As Tommy John Surgeries Soar, MLB Focuses On Youth Baseball

March 28, 2015
After his groundbreaking surgery in 1974, Tommy John went on to pitch for another 14 seasons.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

One recent survey found one-in-four MLB pitchers has had Tommy John surgery. What’s behind baseball’s injury epidemic? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou asks experts — and Tommy John himself.

Red Sox Employees In Florida Give Fans A Taste Of New England

March 25, 2015
This scoreboard likely looks familiar to Boston Red Sox fans. Down at the team's spring training facility, Sox intern Tim Batesole changes the scoreboard during a game on March 18 in Fort Myers, Fla. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

It’s no coincidence that many spring training employees are native New Englanders ready to give a warm welcome to fans trying to escape Northeast winters.

Inspired By MLB Star, Teenage Girl Trades Softball For Baseball

March 21, 2015
Sydney Dore, 14, in her baseball uniform (Courtesy of McKeel Academy of Technology)

Before he earned two World Series rings, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was told he was too small to play baseball. He didn’t listen and now he’s inspired one teenage girl to ignore the critics who say girls should stick to softball. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou has our story.

Red Sox Star Pedroia Inspires Teenage Girl To Play With The Boys

March 20, 2015
Sydney Dore, 14, in her baseball uniform (Courtesy of McKeel Academy of Technology)

Young athletes often dream of growing up to become their sports idols. One teenage girl switched sports and is competing with boys — all because of Dustin Pedroia.

Searching For Signs Of Another Red Sox Turnaround

March 19, 2015
Boston Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava plays a single off the AL East standings scoreboard, with the Red Sox posted in last place in the division during a game at Fenway Park in Boston on July 28, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The Red Sox have taken fans on a roller coaster ride lately. 2012 last place. 2013 World Series title. 2014 last place again. Is there any way to tell if Boston is set for another wild swing?

Gone But Not Forgotten: A Red Sox Reunion With Jonny Gomes

March 18, 2015
Former Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes holds a bat before a game in June 2014 in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

The Red Sox had a reunion with a player who wore a Boston uniform only briefly, but became part of one of the most memorable seasons in team history.

Tired Of Winter, Red Sox Fans Savor Spring Training

March 17, 2015
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz waits to bat during a spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

While Boston waits for this unpredictable and unprecedented winter to end, many Red Sox fans are getting a taste of spring in sunny Florida.

Phoenix Is NBA’s City Of Brotherly Love

February 14, 2015
The Phoenix Suns' roster includes identical twins Marcus and Markieff Morris (l-r), but the team also has another set of brothers: Goran and Zoran Dragic. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

At Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game, two brothers, Chicago’s Pau Gasol and Memphis’ Marc Gasol, will square off for the opening jump ball. But the most unusual NBA sibling story is happening in Phoenix. OAG’s Doug Tribou and Curt Nickisch report.

Iconic Scottish Golf Club Admits First Female Members

February 10, 2015
Women tee off right in front of the Royal and Ancient clubhouse all the time, but cannot enter even as a member of a guest. (Doug Tribou/Only A Game)

One of golf’s most storied institutions is welcoming its first female members. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, Scotland, announced Tuesday that seven women are now honorary members of the club, including Queen Elizabeth’s daughter Princess Anne and golfer Annika Sorenstam.

Pro Football Hall Of Fame’s Class Of 2015 Says Thanks

February 07, 2015
Jerome Bettis

Eight men will make up the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. After the announcement in Phoenix last weekend, the inductees spoke about the people who helped them along the way. OAG’s Doug Tribou collected their expressions of thanks.

Patriots’ Slater Fulfills Father’s Super Bowl Dreams

February 04, 2015
In his 20-year, Hall-of-Fame career with the Rams, Jackie Slater (right) never won a Super Bowl. On Sunday, his son Mathew (left) won his first title. (Getty Images)

New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater waited seven years to win a Super Bowl. His father, Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, waited 20 and never did. Matthew Slater told Only A Game about his father’s influence on his career.

Patriots Win Super Bowl After Wild Finish

February 02, 2015
Quarterback Tom Brady has now led the Patriots to four Super Bowl victories. (David J. Phillip/AP)

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champs for the fourth time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. The Patriots edged the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to earn their first championship in 10 years.

Former Patriot Seau Elected Posthumously To Pro Football Hall Of Fame

February 01, 2015
New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau during the Super Bowl XLII football game in 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

The former New England Patriots linebacker was elected posthumously in his first year of eligibility. His son, Tyler, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.

Belichick Vs. Carroll: Two Coaching Styles Clash At Super Bowl

January 31, 2015

Back in 2000, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick replaced Pete Carroll as the Patriots’ head coach. Carroll now leads the Seattle Seahawks. The two coaches have used very different philosophies to get their teams to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Idina Menzel To Sing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl And Root Against The Pats

January 30, 2015
Idina Menzel answers questions at a pre-Super Bowl news conference Thursday in Phoenix. (David J. Phillip/AP)

“Because I’m a New Yorker and I cannot root for the Patriots, so I will root for Seattle,” Menzel said at a press conference Thursday.

Carroll, Belichick Use Different Styles To Succeed

January 30, 2015
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, left, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. (AP)

Back in 2000, Bill Belichick replaced Pete Carroll as the Patriots’ head coach. Carroll now leads the Seahawks, and the two will face off in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The Patriots Don’t Want To Talk About … Arizona

January 29, 2015
University of Phoenix Stadium, host of this Sunday's Super Bowl, was also the site of Super Bowl XLII featuring the Patriots and New York Giants. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

The New England Patriots are tired of thinking about it, tired of talking about it and ready to move on. No, not deflate-gate … Arizona.

Patriots’ Wilfork Is A Leader On And Off The Field

January 29, 2015
New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork prior to a team practice in Foxborough, Mass. earlier this month. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Longtime defensive tackle Vince Wilfork speaks about what it feels like to win a Super Bowl, his early days in the NFL, and how his family helps him keep his career in perspective.

For Some Former NFL Players, ‘Life After Football’ Can Be Uncertain

January 24, 2015

Former NFL linebacker George Koonce Jr. talks about ‘Life After Football’ in his new book, co-written with Marquette University sociology professors James Holstein and Richard Jones. Koonce and Holstein join Doug Tribou.

‘Deflate-Gate’ Scandal Has An Air Of Opportunity

January 21, 2015
According to an ESPN report, the NFL has determined 11 of the 12 balls used by the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship were underinflated. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The NFL has determined 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots during their AFC Championship victory were underinflated, ESPN reports. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou looks at the “lighter” side of the controversy.

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