WBUR Staff

Steve Brown

Reporter/Anchor, WBUR

Steve is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR’s midday host/local news anchor. He also delivers the national newscasts heard on nearly 500 NPR stations at the bottom of each hour during Here and Now.

Steve began his career in radio while still in high school in the late 1970s on Cape Cod. In 1979, during his freshman year at Emerson College, Steve began providing news reports from the Massachusetts State House for various radio stations around the state including WROR and WRKO in Boston, WMAS in Springfield, WNBH in New Bedford and WCIB in Falmouth.

In 1987, Steve joined the staff of WMJX and WMEX in Boston as a political and general assignment reporter, heading up the station’s award-winning coverage of the Dukakis presidential campaign. In the early 1990s, Steve began working in television as a reporter and writer at WLVI-TV in Boston, and later at WBZ-TV (CBS-4).

Steve returned to his radio roots in 2003 as a news anchor/host at WBUR, and has covered a variety of stories including the Boston Marathon Bombings and aftermath, the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, congressional redistricting, casino gambling, the state budget process and the passing of former Boston mayor, Kevin White. Since 2012, Steve has taken on corrections as a beat, and has since toured 16 of the 17 Massachusetts Department of Correction facilities.

When not working, Steve spends time as an amateur Genealogist and Beekeeper.

Recent stories

‘He Went For All The Right Reasons': One Marine’s Story

May 25, 2015
Sgt. John Henry McCarthy Square on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Colburne Road in Brighton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It’s been 47 years, but Richie McCarthy still gets emotional when talking about his big brother Jack, who lost his life in the Vietnam War.

‘Like Walking Into A Tomb': What It’s Like In The Supermax Prison

May 01, 2015
ADX Florence prison (Wikimedia Commons)

If the jury sentences Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to life in prison it’s considered likely he’d be sent to the “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado. We speak with a former inmate.

Retired Mass. High Court Justice Talks On Same-Sex Marriage Cases Before SCOTUS

April 28, 2015

Retired Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, who wrote the landmark decision 11 years ago legalizing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, discusses the cases before the nation’s highest court.

Patrick Departs State House For Last Time As Governor

January 07, 2015
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick departs the State House during the traditional "lone walk" Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Gov. Deval Patrick will become a private citizen as of noon Thursday, as Republican Charlie Baker is sworn in as the state’s new governor.

Keating Wins 3rd Term In 9th Congressional District

November 05, 2014

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William Keating cruised to an easy victory over Republican John Chapman.

Mass. Legislative Races To Watch On Tuesday

November 03, 2014
A map of the state House districts. Click for the full-size maps.

They tend to get overshadowed by the bigger, statewide races, but here are several legislative races to watch.

Friendly And ‘Wasn’t Fussy': Menino’s North End Barber Remembers His Regular Of 21 Years

October 31, 2014
Mayor Tom Menino (center) with his barbers Gino Colafella (left) and John Cammarata. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

Tom Menino had a good rapport with the citizens of Boston. During his tenure at City Hall, he met countless people. As his barber, one Boston resident had a one of a kind relationship with the mayor.

Apollo Astronauts Discuss Future Of Space Exploration At MIT

October 23, 2014
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks at MIT during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is marking its centennial this week, with a symposium examining the past, present and future of aviation and space exploration. Its opening day brought eight Apollo-era astronauts together.

Grief Remains 10 Years After Accidental Death Outside Fenway

October 21, 2014
Victoria Snelgrove with her parents, Rick and Dianne, in this 2003 family photo (Courtesy of the Snelgrove family)

But Victoria Snelgrove’s tragic death after a Red Sox win has also prompted changes in how Boston police respond to big crowds.

Don’t Forget The Legislature: Breaking Down The (Few) Races To Watch

September 04, 2014

The Legislature will not look very different in January. Still, there are some interesting legislative contests playing out on Tuesday.

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