Fred Bayles

Director, State House Program
Associate Professor, Journalism

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BS, Boston University

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Fred Bayles has spent the past three decades in daily journalism, including 20 years as a national correspondent for the Associated Press and USA TODAY. His work has taken him to more than 40 states and 10 countries. Assignments have included the 1991 Gulf War, the 1994 Haiti incursion, the 1993 Waco cult killings, the… Read more

Fred Bayles has spent the past three decades in daily journalism, including 20 years as a national correspondent for the Associated Press and USA TODAY. His work has taken him to more than 40 states and 10 countries. Assignments have included the 1991 Gulf War, the 1994 Haiti incursion, the 1993 Waco cult killings, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster and the O.J. Simpson investigation and trial. Bayles also covered the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns, hurricanes Andrew and Hugo, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and other natural and man-made disasters. Bayles led several award-winning investigative projects, including 50-state looks at guardianship of the elderly and the child welfare system and probes into major airline crashes, including TWA 800 and SwissAir 111. He also has an extensive portfolio in sports feature writing, including daily columns from Olympic games in Seoul, Albertville, Barcelona and Lillehammer.

 

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    • Heslam: Shaken up over Trump in Poland

      July 7, 2017

      Boston Herald quoting Fred Bayles, College of Communication “Sometimes people see what they want to see…” Expert quote: “There’s lots of things in this world to fuss about. The etiquette of order in terms of whether the first lady of Poland shakes the president’s hand first or second seems like we’ve really reached a new […]

    • Heslam: Spicer spices up bland White House briefings

      January 31, 2017

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication So long to the snoozefests in the White House pressroom… Expert quote: “Spicer’s press briefings are painful to watch.” View full article

    • Trump: No way Obama bests me

      January 3, 2017

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication President-elect Donald Trump is slamming President Obama’s claim that he would have won a third term in the White House had the two gone head-to-head — and though political strategists say he may have driven more Democrats to the polls, they still think Obama would have faced a […]

    • O’Malley takes stand against legalization

      October 11, 2016

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is warning parishioners that legalizing recreational pot could lead the state deeper into the raging opioid crisis — a rare political appeal from the religious leader that comes as polls show the measure could pass. Expert quote: “I don’t think the influence of the […]

    • Donald Trump confidante believes Assange will deliver ‘the payload of all time’

      October 6, 2016

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication The “October surprise” WikiLeaks promise failed to materialize because of security concerns, but a Donald Trump confidante said a damning data dump against Hillary Clinton is still on 
the way… Expert quote: “Assange let down a lot of people hopeful for a big revelation. The anticipation is building […]

    • CNN under fire for latest confrontational graphic

      August 12, 2016

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication CNN reminded viewers in a banner across the bottom of the screen yesterday that, no, President Obama did not literally found ISIS, in a case of Donald Trump fact-checking that one media expert dubbed unnecessary… Expert quote: “I don’t think there’s a question in anybody’s mind that Obama […]

    • Experts say DNC emails contribute to perception of dishonest media

      July 27, 2016

      Sinclair Broadcast Group Fred Bayles, College of Communication Internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails released by Wikileaks last week sent shockwaves through the Democratic Party on the eve of its convention, but they have also raised questions about the journalists covering the party’s nomination process… Expert quote: “To send a whole piece is just a […]

    • FBI report adds sharp edge to Trump’s barbs

      July 6, 2016

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication Donald Trump’s “crooked Hillary” barbs gained a sharper edge from the FBI’s scathing appraisal of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information — but that’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind in the sharply divided presidential race, political watchers say… Expert quote: “It’s another magazine in the ammunition he can […]

    • Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton at odds over N.Y. debate dates

      April 3, 2016

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication Hillary Clinton’s campaign is accusing rival Bernie Sanders of playing “games” by rejecting possible debate dates ahead of the New York primary April 19 — a type of petty politics that signals the Democratic front-runner’s growing annoyance over the Vermont U.S. senator’s interference with her expected coronation, political […]

    • Chicago chaos likely to spur Trump voters

      March 13, 2016

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication The massive upheaval at Donald Trump’s Chicago rally last night — which descended into chaos with punches flying — will only energize his supporters and become the latest flashpoint to fuel the Republican front-runner’s campaign for president, analysts say… Expert quote: “His supporters are his supporters — the […]

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