David Scharfenberg, the news editor of the Providence Phoenix and one of Rhode Island’s very best young journalists, is leaving the alternative weekly for a position covering politics at Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR.
Scharfenberg has distinguished himself in Rhode Island since beginning of his tenure at the Providence Journal where he worked in the former West Bay bureau and did a great job covering Cranston and writing news features. (Executive editor Joel Rawson predicted then that David would be a great reporter). He has also done some freelance reporting for Rhode Island Public Radio.
But it was at the Phoenix where his intellectual curiosity blossomed and his nuanced and lucid writing style evolved. He is fluid in an array of topics, from entertainment to education and politics. His unique voice graced the Phoenix pages and he was very good at connecting national news with local topics, such as his recent piece on Brown’s Watson Institute study on the true costs of the Iraq War. A Brown grad, David is the son of the late Kirk Scharfenberg, a legendary Boston Globe editor. He lives with his family in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, so his new digs on Commonwealth Avenue at `BUR will make his daily commute a lot easier.
`On Politics’ wishes David well in his new career covering politics in the Hub for WBUR.