Emily Rooney

Host and Special Correspondent

Emily Rooney is the host of Beat the Press and a WGBH News special correspondent. She is the creator and former host of Greater Boston. Since 1997, Emily has brought her journalistic credentials and deep knowledge of media, politics and culture to the WGBH audience and has earned numerous awards, including the National Press Club's prestigious Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, a series of New England Emmy Awards, and Associated Press recognition for Best News/Talk Show.

Before coming to WGBH, Emily was director of political coverage and special events at Fox Network in New York from 1994 to 1997. Prior to that, she was executive producer of ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Emily also worked at WCVB-TV in Boston from 1979 to 1993, where she served as news director for 3 years and as assistant news director before that.

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Local News
5:11 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Tsarnaev Trial: 3 Days Of Heart-Wrenching Victim Testimony

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

A lot of people were wondering what the prosecution would do differently after moving from the guilt phase of the trial into the penalty phase. It was similar in that they primarily relied on victims to tell their stories, but the difference was the intensity and raw emotion they evoked from the people who took the stand this week.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Bombing Trial: Tales Of Lost Limbs And Loved Ones; Plus Photo, Video Of Tsarnaev Giving The Finger

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gives the middle finger to a camera in his holding cell in 2013.
Credit US Attorney's Office

By the time court recessed at day's end, it had proven to be a grueling day.

Prosecutors moved quickly enough through witnesses Wednesday, day two of the penalty phase for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Local News
11:36 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Citing Fingerprints And Forensics, Defense Rests: Portrays Tsarnaev As A Pawn

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston federal court.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

UPDATED: 4:00 p.m.

After a confusing stop-and-start finish the defense for admitted-Boston-Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested shortly before 3:00 this afternoon.

They called only 4 witnesses, and did little to mitigate the mountains of dramatic evidence the government presented against Tsarnaev.

The defense, however, might have given the jury at least reason to pause for thought.

As the defense has made clear in this federal death-penalty trial, their client is guilty.

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Local News
5:59 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

The Case Against Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Prosecution Rests

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three and wounded more than 200.
Credit (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

After 15 days of testimony and 92 witnesses the government rested its case at noon Monday in the trial of admitted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The first people to testify were those who lost the most, Bill Richard, the father of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who died at the scene; and a friend of Lingzi Lu talked about holding her hand until her last breath.

We heard from people who lost limbs: Roseann Sdoia and Jessica Kensky, a double amputee.

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Local News
3:42 am
Fri March 27, 2015

'I'm Really Down For That Jihad Life.': So Texted friend of Tsarnaev, Say Feds

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. at his trial.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins sketch

Jurors in the federal death-penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  have been shown pressure cooker parts, BBs, nails and a piece of hobby fuse that were found in his apartment.

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Commentary
2:04 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Tsarnaev 'Was In It For The Kill'

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that
Credit (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

To all the naysayers who believe we should have skipped the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and gone straight to the penalty phase, you’ve got to admit it’s been interesting, if not downright illuminating

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Commentary
5:02 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About The Tsarnaev Trial -- So Far

Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Credit FBI

It’s all about the surveillance, stupid. And, oh, man does the prosecution have it.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

What's Wrong With This Picture?

The car to the right got a ticket for “angle parking” in Back Bay.
Credit Emily Rooney / WGBH News

Here’s what’s wrong with this picture, the car to the left has been plowed under since the first snowstorm on January 27th and has not moved an inch. The car to the right was dug out by its owners who did the best they could under the circumstances. Today, the car to the right got a ticket for “angle parking.” The car to the left is still there.

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BEAT THE PRESS
9:05 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

James Foley's Parents Critical Of Media Coverage Of Kidnapping

Ever since their son was murdered in Syria last summer, the parents of Jim Foley have been critical of the government’s role, saying officials didn't do enough to help find and rescue him. Now Diane and John Foley are also claiming the media did not do enough.

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Local News
1:04 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

The Tsarnaev Trial: The Drip, Drip, Drip Of Jury Selection

A judge agreed to hear a motion to change the venue of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.
Credit Jared Bowen / WGBH

Like hundreds of schools and businesses around the area, the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been delayed by snow amounts so unmanageable it would have been impossible for potential jurors to make it to court. So far the trial has been set back a total of 6 snow days. The process was slow enough but the snow has been a killer since Judge George O’Toole had hoped to begin testimony January 26th – a date long in the rear view mirror.

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COMMENTARY
2:33 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

The Case For Moving The Trial Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

The defense team representing Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has tried three times to get Judge George O’Toole to rule in their favor regarding a change of venue. So far, O’Toole has resisted to the point where he virtually ignored the latest request that was filed on January 22.

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COMMENTARY
3:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Tsarnaev Trial: The Peculiar Art Of Jury Selection

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Boston.
Credit Jane Flavell Collins / AP via NPR

I’ll admit it, I’m a glutton for watching paint dry, which is why I’ve enjoyed the jury voir dire in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Boston Marathon bombing case so much. I’m ready to fast forward through Judge George O’Toole’s daily 12-minute elucidation to potential jurists about why this is a death penalty case even though Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, but other than that repetitious tedium, the proceedings are pretty interesting.

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Tsarnaev Trial
3:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

A Week At The Tsarnaev Trial: Jury Selection -- A Close Up

Depiction from the jury selection for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Credit Jane Flavell Collins / AP

  

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LOCAL NEWS
7:09 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Emily's List: Kerry Healey

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been inviting back some special guests we’ve come to rely on for their unique insights and special perspectives. We’re calling it "Emily’s List." 

LOCAL NEWS
5:08 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Emily's List: Jim Walsh

I’ve got just a few more shows as host of Greater Boston. And between now and my final night in this chair, we’re squeezing in as many interviews with newsmakers and big thinkers as we can.  We’re calling it "Emily’s List." 

Jim Walsh is a research associate in MIT's Security Studies program and author of "Talking To Terrorists." 

LOCAL NEWS
7:31 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Emily's List: Roseann Sdoia

When we started thinking about the special series of interviews I would conduct before signing off as host of Greater Boston, there was one person we knew had to call. Roseann Sdoia stands out from the rest of the people on "Emily’s List." She’s not a household name. She’s never run for office. She hasn’t written a book, at least not yet. But she made a lasting impression on me because of her resilience and her spirit.  

LOCAL NEWS
11:46 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Emily's List: Juliette Kayyem

The guests on this show runs the gamut, from academics and authors to politicians and pundits, even the occasional celebrity. And before I hang up my hosting hat, we’re inviting back a select group of people who’ve made a real impression over the past 18 years. We’re calling it "Emily’s List."

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LOCAL NEWS
6:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Emily's List: Harvey Silverglate

As I think back on my time as host of Greater Boston, there are certain people who stand out, people we came to rely on for unique perspective on the issues we tackle here. And so, before I step down from this post, we’re inviting back a select few who helped elevate the show over the years. We’re calling it "Emily’s List."

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LOCAL NEWS
6:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Emily's List: Wyc Grousbeck

When we invite experts and newsmakers on this show, it’s almost always to ask them about current events.  We rarely get the chance to find out how they got their start, when they got their big break and what makes them tick. That’s why, in my final few weeks as host of Greater Boston, we’ve been inviting a parade of familiar faces back on the show, for a segment we’re calling "Emily’s List."

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LOCAL NEWS
6:11 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Emily's List: Jared Bowen

If you’ve been watching over the past few weeks, you know I’m conducting a special series of interviews before I sign off as host of Greater Boston. The guests run the gamut. They’re renowned experts, public officials and personal friends, and they’ve all made an impact on this show and this community. 

We’ve got an extra special edition in store, one I’ve been looking forward to. You know him as the polished, sophisticated connoisseur of Boston’s cultural scene. But that wasn’t always his beat. 

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LOCAL NEWS
6:13 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Emily's List: Scott Harshbarger

I’ve got just nine more shows as host of Greater Boston. And between now and my final night in this chair, we’re squeezing in as many interviews with newsmakers and big thinkers as we can.  We’re calling it "Emily’s List." 

LOCAL NEWS
6:54 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Emily's List: Larry Lucchino

As the year comes to a close, so too is my tenure as host of this program. I’m not going away entirely: I’ll still be here each Friday hosting Beat the Press, and before I sign off from Greater Boston, I’m conducting a series of interviews with news makers and big thinkers who helped set the tone and raise the bar of this show. We’re calling it, "Emily’s List." And I don’t care if that title is already taken.

LOCAL NEWS
6:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Emily's List: Matt Siegel

I’ve interviewed all kinds on this show: politicians, advocates, celebrities and even convicted felons. Now, as I wind down my tenure as host, we’re inviting back a select few who have helped make this program what it is today.  We’re calling it the Greater Boston version of my weekly radio segment, "Emily’s List."

LOCAL NEWS
6:21 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Emily's List: Nancy Koehn

As I think back on my time as host of Greater Boston, there are certain people who stand out, people we came to rely on for unique perspective on the issues we tackle here. And so, before I step down from this post, we’re inviting back a select few who helped elevate the show over the years. We’re calling it the Greater Boston version of my weekly radio segment, "Emily’s List."

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LOCAL NEWS
6:32 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Emily's List: Michael Goldman

As host of Greater Boston, I’ve got about 18 years in the rearview mirror and just four more weeks ahead of me. And before I leave this perch, we’re inviting people back on the show who helped make it what it is today.  We’re calling it the Greater Boston version of my weekly radio segment, “Emily’s List.”

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LOCAL NEWS
12:34 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Emily's List: Stephen Freyer

When you’ve hosted a show as long as I have, you meet a lot of interesting people with interesting perspectives. And so as I wind down my duties here on Greater Boston, we’re inviting some of our standout guests back on the show. We’re calling it a version of my weekly radio segment known as "Emily’s List."

LOCAL NEWS
5:57 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Emily's List: Wendy Murphy

After hosting Greater Boston the past 18 years, I’ll be stepping away from the anchor desk in just about five weeks. And before I go, we're inviting people back on the show who have special perspectives and who have elevated the discourse over the years. We’re calling it the Greater Boston version of "Emily’s List."

LOCAL NEWS
6:56 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Emily's List: Bob Lobel & Susan Wornick

For the next few months, as I wind down my duties here on Greater Boston, I’m going to be talking with a select group of people we’ve had on the show before, people with unique skills and perspectives who have elevated the discourse of the show. We’re calling it the Greater Boston version of "Emily’s List."

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COMMENTARY
11:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Everybody Knew Menino's Name

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino listened during a forum held at Boston University in Boston on Monday, March 24, 2014.
Credit (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Everybody knew his name, but he was called a lot of things: Hizzoner, the urban mechanic, the people’s mayor, a friend to the little guy, a good listener, thin-skinned, vengeful, and a bully who would take a sledge hammer to swat a fly. Each carried a ring of truth, including that “Mumbles Menino” moniker.

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LOCAL NEWS
5:49 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Remembering Ben Bradlee's Legacy At The Washington Post

Longtime Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee died at the age of 93. His brusque and charismatic manner, combined with a laser sharp wit and zest for news, made him the ultimate power broker in a city of power brokers.
Credit (AP Photo)

Ben Bradlee was Boston born and went to Harvard, roots that served him well in Washington when a relative of his first wife moved down the block in Washington. Ben Bradlee and then Congressman John F. Kennedy became fast friends just as Bradlee’s journalism career was getting started. 

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