Michele McPhee

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Michele McPhee
Born Michele R. McPhee
(1970-04-08) April 8, 1970 (age 48)
Wakefield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence East Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater University of Massachusetts, Boston (B.A., English, 1993) [1][2]
Occupation Author, journalist, radio personality
Parent(s) Bruce A. McPhee
Sheila P. (Seward) McPhee [3]
Website michelemcphee.com

Michele R. McPhee (born April 8, 1970)[4] is an American author, talk radio host, and journalist from Boston, Massachusetts. Up until November 1, 2012, McPhee co-hosted the morning drive-time show on WRKO radio in Boston with Todd Feinburg, Feinburg and McPhee; the show was abruptly canceled on October 31 and station management said they were looking for another role at the station for McPhee and Feinburg. McPhee also is a columnist and correspondent to the Boston Herald, the New England reporter for ABC News, and a general assignment reporter with the television station WCVB.

McPhee began her journalism career with The Boston Globe in 1993. In 1996, she transferred to the New York Daily News and became the chief of the newspaper police bureau in 2002. In 2004, McPhee became a columnist with the Boston Herald. McPhee began her radio career with an evening talk show on WTKK in 2007. In 2010, McPhee began hosting her own afternoon talk show on WRKO and started guest hosting The Howie Carr Show on WRKO.

In June 2015, she began hosting a three-hour mid-afternoon radio show on WMEX AM in Boston.[5] Her radio show ended in 2017 when the WMEX radio station stopped broadcasting.[6]


McPhee grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts and is of Italian American descent.[4][7] She graduated from East Boston High School in 1988 and the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 1993.[2][8][9]

In September 1993, McPhee became a contributing reporter to The Boston Globe.[10] By July 1995, McPhee became a correspondent with the Globe.[11] In December 1996, McPhee joined the New York Daily News, writing her first article for the newspaper for the Christmas Eve edition, "No Bail For Alleged Gotti Heir".[12]

In 2002, McPhee was named the first female police bureau chief for the New York Daily News. She won the 2002 New York Society of the Silurians' Feature News Award for an article titled "The Days After" about the September 11, 2001 attack.[4] In response to a story she wrote about police suspicions of a local judge, McPhee received death threats through an anonymously written letter in January 2003.[13] In her capacity as bureau chief, McPhee also appeared in other media for expertise on New York City police issues. In 2003, McPhee participated in a debate about the police shooting of Amadou Diallo alongside attorney Anthony H. Gair on the NPR program The Tavis Smiley Show, guest hosted that day by Tony Cox.[14] In 2004, McPhee appeared on the Fox News Channel program The O'Reilly Factor to discuss an issue with a local September 11 charity.[15]

McPhee returned to Boston in 2004 and became a weekly columnist and police bureau chief for the Boston Herald until late 2007.[16] She continued writing a weekly column for the paper and also freelanced news stories.

From December 2007 to November 2010, McPhee hosted an evening talk show on WTKK. Her contract was not renewed, because of creative differences, and was immediately pulled from the air.[17]

On January 13, 2011, McPhee joined WRKO as its 1 to 3 p.m. radio host of The Michele McPhee Show.[18] She left WRKO after a seven-month stay,[19] but returned to the station on June 11, 2012 to occupy a new four-hour midday slot on the station's schedule.[20]

In August 2011, McPhee was hired as a general assignment reporter for WCVB Channel 5 in Boston. News producer Andrew Vrees, in a news release, described McPhee as "an aggressive and well-connected journalist ... whose track record speaks for itself."[21]

McPhee was a story consultant for the Lifetime made-for-TV movie based on the Clark Rockefeller case that aired in March 2010.

In June 2015, McPhee pleaded not guilty to charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer. She was arrested on Interstate 93 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, after being observed driving her Mercedes erratically by a Massachusetts State Trooper.[22] On January 29, 2016, McPhee's lawyer claimed the state trooper had assaulted her and that she was hurt worse in the altercation.


  • Mob Over Miami, 2002, ISBN 978-0451409652
  • Absolute Evil, 2008, ISBN 978-1844547234
  • Heartless: The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Cold Blooded Murder of his Wife and Child, 2008, ISBN 978-0312947767
  • When Evil Rules: Vengeance and Murder on Cape Cod, 2009, ISBN 978-1250037671
  • A Date with Death: The Secret Life of the Accused "Craigslist Killer", 2010, ISBN 978-0312945060
  • A Mob Story, 2010, ISBN 0312942672
  • A Professor's Rage: The Chilling True Story of Harvard PhD Amy Bishop, her Brother's Mysterious Death, and the Shooting Spree that Shocked the Nation, 2011, ISBN 978-0312535292
  • Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing, 2017, ISBN 978-1611688498

McPhee has written several best-selling true crime books, including Mob Over Miami, Heartless: The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Brutal Murder of His Wife and Baby, When Evil Rules, A Date With Death: The True Story of the Craigslist Killer, and A Mob Story.

In 2008, the news magazines Dateline NBC and Primetime Live interviewed McPhee for their stories about Neil Entwistle.[23]

Mob Over Miami was set to become a feature film titled "UnMade Man."[24] In January 2011, Lifetime aired a television movie based on A Date With Death, starring William Baldwin.

She contributed to the anthology, Masters of True Crime (Prometheus Books 2012).


  1. ^ Nelson, Caleb, "Blood, Guts, and Journalism: Interview with Michele McPhee", MassMedia newspaper, University of Massachusetts Boston, February 26, 2015
  2. ^ a b Nelson, Caleb, "Michele McPhee, Determined to Make Life Phenomenal", MassMedia, University of Massachusetts Boston, November 15, 2015
  3. ^ "Obituary: Shelia P. McPhee", Boston Globe, September 28, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Harris, Ginger (August 19, 2002). "The Chris Paciello Story". South Beach Magazine. Retrieved September 4, 2012. Thirty-two-year-old New York Daily News police bureau chief Michele McPhee knew at an early age that investigative reporting was her forte. 
  5. ^ "WMEX ADDS MICHELE MCPHEE FOR AFTERNOONS" Archived 2015-07-21 at the Wayback Machine., Radio Ink, 2015.
  6. ^ 'Boston Radion Iconic WMEX 1510 AM Goes Silent", Media Confidential, July 2017
  7. ^ Giarratani, Sal (July 8, 2011). "Michele McPhee latest book signing" (PDF). Boston Post-Gazette. p. 5. Michele McPhee is East Boston Italian thanks to her grandmother's influence on her. 
  8. ^ "Michele McPhee". EastBostonHighSchool.org. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Talk radio's McPhee opens series". Newburyport Daily news. September 9, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2012. McPhee said she was flattered to be asked to Lawrence to speak as part of the White Fund Lecture Series. A graduate of UMass-Boston, she's a supporter of the state college system. 
  10. ^ McPhee is credited as "contributing reporter" in the article "Thieves allegedly had designs on rich interiors" written by Andy Dabilis for The Boston Globe of September 2, 1993. The article from the June 19, 1994 Globe, "Fiore's fourth baby", credited McPhee as a contributor.
  11. ^ In a HighBeam.com search, the earliest article crediting McPhee as "Globe Correspondent" is the article "Youths: media reports fueling gang violence" from July 24, 1995.
  12. ^ McPhee, Michele (December 24, 1996). "No Bail For Alleged Gotti Heir". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ Ingrassia, Robert (January 14, 2003). "Newser Gets Chilling Warning About Judge". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ Cox, Tony (March 25, 2003). "Diallo's fault?". The Tavis Smiley Show. NPR. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Follow-Up: Lawyer Receives Fee from Charity Fund". The O'Reilly Factor. Fox News. March 15, 2004. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ "McPhee leaving Herald for WTKK nights," Boston Herald, December 4, 2007
  17. ^ Shanahan, Mark & Goldstein, Meredith (November 12, 2010). "McPhee is done at WTKK". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Manning Out McPhee In at WRKO", Boston Herald, January 13, 2011
  19. ^ "Line-up change," Bostonradiowatch.com, August 16, 2011 Archived March 27, 2012, at Archive.is
  20. ^ Radio News, "Michele McPhee returns to WRKO," June 6, 2012
  21. ^ Diaz, Johnny (August 5, 2011). "Michele McPhee joins Channel 5". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  22. ^ DeCosta-Klipa, Nik (2015-06-12). "How a Boston radio host was charged with drunken driving, assaulting a police officer". Boston.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  23. ^ "The light in the upstairs bedroom". Dateline NBC. NBC News. June 27, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  24. ^ Meet Michele McPhee Archived 2010-08-10 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Michele McPhee official site
  • Official Facebook page
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