WBUR Staff

Kathleen McNerney

Producer, Radio Boston, WBUR

Kathleen joined WBUR in 2008, where she began as a freelancer in the newscast unit. She has worn many hats at the station since then. Kathleen has worked as both the production assistant and senior news writer for Morning Edition, where she wrote, reported and produced WBUR newscasts and updated wbur.org. She has worked as the field producer for Morning Edition and would occasionally fill in as the senior producer of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Before joining WBUR, Kathleen completed a year of volunteer service in El Paso, Texas, with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She spent most of her time there teaching English as a second language, facilitating empowerment and art therapy workshops at various women’s shelters and assisting with Border Immersion Experience programs along the United States-Mexico border.

Kathleen graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, where she worked for WFUV as a reporter and news anchor. Kathleen was part of WFUV’s award-winning coverage of the 2006 elections, for which she covered former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. She also was awarded first place for best student newscast from Public Radio News Directors International in 2006.

Recent stories

Appalled By Drilling Damage In Ecuador, Amherst Boy Takes On Oil Companies

September 05, 2014
Anayeli Vargas and others affected by oil extraction participate in the fist day of inspections in the trial against Texaco in the Ecuadorean Amazonian region in Joya de los Sachas, Ecuador, Aug. 18, 2004. (Dolores Ochoa/AP)

The documentary “Oil and Water” chronicles an Amherst teenager’s crusade to help Ecuadorian communities sickened by oil drilling and oil spills.

Researchers Seek New Ways To Prevent, Treat Alzheimer’s

July 17, 2013

While the disease has been studied for 30 years, researchers still have many questions about the causes and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Rose Kennedy: The ‘Courageous’ Mother Of Camelot

July 08, 2013
Rose Kennedy waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 after she was introduced with her son, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the party’s presidential nominee. (AP)

The new book “Rose Kennedy: The Life And Times Of A Political Matriarch,” out July 15, uses newly released documents and letters to tell the story of the Kennedy matriarch.

People Pay Last Respects At Marathon Bombing Memorial

June 24, 2013
Items surrounding four crosses to commemorate those who died in connection with the bombings on April 19, 2013. (WBUR/Kathleen McNerney)

Before Boston workers remove the makeshift memorial and put the items into the city archives, hundreds of people came to Copley to pay their respects and remember the bombing victims.

Everett Residents To Vote Saturday On Wynn Casino Proposal

June 20, 2013

The issue of whether to allow the $1.2 billion resort casino on the former Monsanto Chemical site is a divisive and personal one for some residents.

Former Bruins Goalie Gerry Cheevers: Rask Is ‘Just Plain Sensational’

June 19, 2013
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask seals off the goal against the Blackhawks in the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

As the Bruins try to pull further ahead of the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night, former Bruins goalie Gerry Cheevers sizes up Tuukka Rask.

Judging Bulger: ‘Everyone’s A Rookie,’ Gertner Says

June 07, 2013

Retired federal Judge Nancy Gertner gives an insider’s perspective on the challenges of presiding over a complicated, high-profile trial such as the case of James “Whitey” Bulger.

Former Bulger Associate Relives Betrayal Of ‘Father Figure’

June 05, 2013

A former drug runner in South Boston, John “Red” Shea recalls the betrayal of finding out James “Whitey” Bulger broke a major rule of the underworld.

New Head Of Mass. Trial Courts Says System Is Poised For Reform

May 29, 2013

When Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula Carey takes over the state Trial Court system in July, she will be in charge of a system stretched thin and troubled by scandals.

Book Details Heroism, Survival Of WWII Plane Crashes In Greenland

May 23, 2013
An expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard service members and North South Polar, Inc. explorers transport an ice melting machine over a crevasse near Koge Bay, Greenland on Aug. 29, 2012. The team used the machine to melt through the ice to locate the possible crash site of a WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck. (Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco)

A Boston University journalism professor retold the story of three WWII plane crashes, the survivors and the modern day hunt to recover three of the men who died.

Romney Aide Calls For Change In GOP Strategy

May 22, 2013

Citing missteps, an aide to the Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign is calling for a sea change in how the Republican Party conducts politics in the next presidential election.

Business Bootcamp Helps Veterans Translate Army Experience

May 21, 2013

A Cambridge company, along with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, are launching a program to help veterans transition to civilian workplaces.

Charlestown Turbine Testing Attracts Energy Companies To Mass.

May 20, 2013
The facility handles spans of metal that are 85 feet tall and slightly longer than a football field. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Wind energy is a leading component of the Patrick administration’s economic recovery plan. State officials hope the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown will be a boon for the state’s clean energy sector.

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