Globe investigations and Spotlight reports

A look at the high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.

Spotlight: Private schools, painful secrets (2016)

Abuse allegations at Phillips Exeter prompt investigation

News of the investigation comes days after a former teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy admitted to misconduct with students.

Phillips Exeter Academy under fire again for its handling of sexual misconduct allegations

When Michaella Henry told Phillips Exeter officials she had been sexually assaulted, officials didn’t contact police. Instead, they offered baked goods.

Private schools, painful secrets

// The unexpected price of reporting abuse: retaliation

The Globe found 15 instances of retaliation at New England private schools against students or employees who raised concerns about sexual abuse by staffers.

Private schools, painful secrets

Educators accused of sexual misconduct often find new posts

Some private schools, including Brooks School (above), allegedly concealed accusations of sexual abuse against educators who left under a cloud. In 1995, Brooks quietly struck a $300,000 settlement with a former administrator who allegedly had sex with a student.

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The Spotlight Team identified 31 private school educators who found work at other schools or other settings with children after accusations of sexual misconduct.


// Private schools, painful secrets

More than 200 victims. At least 90 legal claims. At least 67 private schools in New England. This is the story of hundreds of students sexually abused by staffers, and emerging from decades of silence today.

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The Desperate and the Dead (2016)

Part 1

Psychiatric hospitals replaced by a failed patchwork of resources

Those most ill, including people at risk of committing violence, are far too often left in the care of almost anyone except the professionals that could help.

The Desperate and the Dead | Part 2

When despair meets deadly force

Police are often the primary responders when someone in Massachusetts faces a mental health emergency. The result can be deadly.

The Desperate and the Dead | Part 2

Crisis in the woods

Keith Carnute was spiraling into crisis. Officer Tim Sorrell was trained to help. The two men stood 20 feet apart.

A Spotlight Team Report

Clash in the name of Care

Clash in the name of Care

Should a surgeon run two operations at once?

It is the root question in a battle pitting a star surgeon against a great hospital, MGH, and the conflict has put careers and reputations at risk.

Spotlight Follow-Up

// State acts on simultaneous surgeries

The move comes in the wake of a series of reports by the Globe Spotlight Team about double-booked operations.


// Concurrent surgeries come under new scrutiny

Following controversy at MGH, the world’s largest surgeons’ group is considering new guidelines for overlapping surgery.

// Clash in the Name of Care: The e-mails

The Globe Spotlight Team obtained e-mails that offer a rare glimpse at the heated battle inside MGH.

Watch the documentary

Inside the Globe’s Spotlight report on concurrent surgeries.

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Inside 'Spotlight'

// The movie and the investigations

A look at The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, its award-winning investigative coverage, and the movie based on its reporting on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

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// Globe Spotlight Team

Find background and contact information for the investigative journalists at The Boston Globe.

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Other Globe Investigations

Investigative reporting can take months, but the impact is often dramatic. Read recent reports below.


Fishy business

Restaurants substituted tuna (left) with escolar (right), a less expensive fish that can cause gastrointestinal problems.

Dec. 2, 2012

A 2011 Globe investigation found widespread seafood mislabeling at Massachusetts stores and restaurants. A 2012 follow-up investigation found not much has changed.