Boston Globe Spotlight Team: Race and Power in Boston

FRI, APR 6, 2018 (1:08:03)

In a highly publicized seven-part series published in 2017, The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team dug into one of the city’s most pervasive and troubling issues: the marginalization of the black community. The series exposed the insidious impact of racism on all levels of city life from housing to healthcare to education. In this discussion , the Boston Literary District and GrubStreet invite the story’s writers to the stage where they will share their reporting, what didn’t make it into print, and engage with the audience on these pressing issues that strike at the core of the city’s identity. The panel is moderated by Latoyia Edwards, morning anchor and host of This Is New England, NBC10 Boston.

+ BIO: Eve Bridburg

Eve Bridburg is the Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet. Under her leadership, the organization has grown into a national literary powerhouse by expanding offerings to better educate and equip writers in the digital age, launching new, innovative programming for advanced students, and significantly expanding scholarship opportunities to ensure access. Eve curated GrubStreet’s NEA-funded Publish it Forward lecture series and our innovative Launch Lab, led GrubStreet’s Diversity Task force, laying the foundation for GrubStreet’s next chapter, and was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston. Eve’s work has been recognized by Boston Magazine, who named her one of Boston’s 50 most powerful women in 2010, and by BostInno Magazine who gave her their 2014 Arts and Entertainment Award for driving innovation in Boston. Having graduated from its inaugural class, Eve remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 200 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Eve has presented on publishing, the future of publishing, and on what it takes to build a literary arts center at numerous conferences, including AWP, O’Reilly’s Tools of Change, GrubStreet’s own The Muse and the Marketplace, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, and Writers at Work. Her essays and op-eds on publishing, the role of creative writing centers and the importance of the narrative arts have appeared in The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Cognoscenti, Writer’s Digest and TinHouse. Eve worked as a literary agent at The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency for five happy years where she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers. Before starting GrubStreet, she attended Boston University’s Writing program on a teaching fellowship, farmed in Oregon, and ran an international bookstore in Prague.

+ BIO: Latoyia Edwards

Latoyia Edwards is an Emmy Award-winning anchor on NBC 10 Boston and necn. She joined the NBC Boston and necn family as a morning reporter in 2005, arriving from WWLP-22 in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she had been a weekday anchor. A native of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, Latoyia graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She began her career as a news writer for WBZ 1030-AM radio, and later reported for the Fox affiliate WICZ-TV 40 in Binghamton, New York. She first anchored television for MediaOne cable news network, while also reporting as the morning drive news anchor for WILD 1090AM. Additionally, Latoyia has instructed courses for the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. In 2002, she was crowned Miss Massachusetts in the USA pageant. She is married, and greatly enjoys volunteering with youth groups.

+ BIO: Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan is an investigative reporter for The Boston Globe. He joined the newspaper in 2006 as a breaking news reporter. In 2010, he became City Hall bureau chief and covered the final term longtime Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the first term of Mayor Martin J. Walsh. He has worked to keep elected officials accountable and has written about influence peddling in state and city government. He was part of a team of reporters who wrote an award-winning, five-part series about the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Boston. Prior to joining the Globe, Ryan wrote for the Associated Press in Boston, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, The Day in New London, Conn., and the Highbridge Horizon in the Bronx.

+ BIO: Adrian Walker

Walker is a columnist for the Boston Globe city/region section. He provides commentary and opinion on local and regional news as well as society and culture. Walker started as a Boston Globe metro columnist in 1998.

+ BIO: Patricia Wen

Patricia Wen is the editor of the Spotlight Team, the Globe’s investigative unit that includes six reporters. She took over in 2017 after having previously worked as a reporter on the team more than two decades ago. Over the years, Wen has specialized in covering social service, legal and medical issues. She has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, once in 2004 for feature writing and also in 2013 as part of a team for national reporting. Wen has also twice won the Casey Medal for coverage of children and family issues, each time in the category of major projects in large publications. Before joining the Globe, she worked at The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ and The Advocate in Stamford, CT. A native of East Lansing, Michigan and a Harvard graduate, she is married with three children.

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