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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    • SJC allows a casino repeal vote

      June 25, 2015

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Fred Bayles, College of Communication The state’s highest court decided Tuesday that a casino repeal measure can appear on the November ballot, touching off a ferocious referendum campaign over one of the most charged issues in a generation and jeopardizing the future of the billion-dollar industry in Massachusetts… Expert quote: “The […]

    • Hillary Clinton plays to middle class

      June 14, 2015

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication Hillary Clinton is heading to New Hampshire tomorrow, fresh off a major rally yesterday launching her presidential campaign where she touched on issues near and dear to the country’s middle class,… Expert quote: “I don’t think this is going to make her stand out from the crowd.” View […]

    • Bush conspicuous by absence at S.C. event

      May 10, 2015

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was conspicuously absent from the throng of Republican presidential hopefuls making their pitches in South Carolina yesterday — perhaps a calculated move to avoid ultra-conservative crowds rather than make a flub that will come back to haunt him, political watchers say… Expert quote: […]

    • Senate prez: House pols fueling unnecessary battles

      April 17, 2015

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg escalated his war of words with House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, accusing DeLeo’s top lieutenants of being churlish with Senate leaders — the latest outbreak in the political skirmish between Beacon Hill’s top Democrats… Expert quote: “It’s hard to ignore the fact that […]

    • Magnate seen as a Fish out of water in political arena

      April 2, 2015

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication John Fish, the driving force behind Boston’s Olympic bid, sometimes appears more like a political candidate than the head of a nonprofit promoting the world’s marquee sporting event… Expert quote: “We all know what political ambitions Mitt Romney had before, during and after the Olympics. It certainly raises your […]

    • State treasury lawyer part of Sox deal under investigation

      January 24, 2015

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communciation A key member of state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s transition team is a prominent Red Sox lawyer who helped orchestrate the controversial Yawkey Way deal under investigation by the state Inspector General, the Herald has learned… Expert quote: “Someone new to office like her, you want everyone to think […]

    • End of an era: Deval Patrick is done with his governorship

      January 8, 2015

      Metro Fred Bayles, College of Communication Tom Whalen, College of General Studies As Gov. Deval Patrick leaves office to make way for Governor-elect Charlie Baker, the legacy of the state’s first black governor has been opened up to debate… Expert quotes: Bayles: “One could say he was a fairly good steward during a time of […]

    • GateHouse buying T&G paper

      November 21, 2014

      Boston Herald Fred Bayles, College of Communication The Worcester Telegram & Gazette is getting its fourth owner in less than 18 months… Expert quote: “Two hundred-plus million dollars is quite a bargain. Not many newspapers make money like they used to, but newspapers still do make money.” View full article

    • Election was awash in cash, but effect is unclear

      November 13, 2014

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Fred Bayles, College of Communication This fall’s state election set at least two Massachusetts political spending records: the most outside money dropped on a governor’s race — $16.9 million on the general election alone — and the most cash poured into ballot campaigns, at $28 million… Expert quote: “Visceral is too […]

    • Sick leave, casino questions resonate with faith groups

      November 2, 2014

      Boston Globe (subscription required) Fred Bayles, College of Communication The politicking began just moments after formal worship ended last Sunday at St. Edith Stein Parish… Expert quote: “It’s not as strong a moral and visceral issue. Suicide versus casino gambling — the subjects are not in the same column.” View full article

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