WBUR Staff

Iris Adler

Executive Director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects, WBUR

In her role as executive director for programming, podcasts and special projects, Iris Adler provides strategic oversight for WBUR’s locally and nationally produced programs, and she oversees WBUR’s new programming initiatives, including podcasts. In addition, Iris collaborates with the WBUR Newsroom on the vision and content of special radio and online series. She also oversees WBUR.org’s opinion site Cognoscenti.

Iris began her public radio career at WBUR in the 1980s, first as a reporter, then as managing editor and news director, before moving on to the regional television news channel NECN, where she worked as executive editor, overseeing political coverage and documentaries.

Over the course of her career, Iris has won numerous awards for her work in both television and radio, including an Edward R. Murrow Award and several Emmy Awards.

A Brookline resident, Iris holds post-graduate degrees from McGill University and Boston University.

Recent stories

How Childhood Neglect Harms The Brain

June 26, 2014
Click to enlarge. (Source: Pat Levitt (2009), of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child)

Experts have long known that neglect and abuse in early life increase the risk for psychological problems, but now neuroscientists are explaining why.

How Our Digital Devices Are Affecting Our Personal Relationships

January 17, 2013
Eric Wen uses his cellphone by Boston University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In our “always on” lives, there are many who worry we are too immersed in the digital world and not present enough in the real world.

Who Are Your Boston Arts Visionaries?

December 08, 2011

For a new series, WBUR will be profiling Boston’s most compelling and talented leaders in the arts world. Who would you nominate?

At 59, A Father’s Devastating Diagnosis

October 17, 2011
Ruth and Ralph Kelly (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dr. Ralph Kelly, a medical researcher, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when he was just 59. To open a special series, we meet Ralph and his wife Ruth, and learn how one family is coping with the early stages of the disease.

Consequences Of Corruption In Probation Department

May 24, 2010

A Boston Globe investigation of the state’s Probation Department reveals rampant corruption and patronage throughout the parole system. There are a lot of unanswered questions: How did the commissioner gain so much power? Where was the oversight? And what harm do these findings pose for the public? We discuss the consequences.

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