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Globe Spotlight Team
Scott Allen

Scott Allen

Scott Allen

E-mail: allen@globe.com; Phone: 617-929-3112

Allen, the Spotlight Team editor, has been a journalist for 31 years, the last 22 at the Boston Globe. He played a prominent role in the 2010 investigation of the hiring scandal at the state Probation Department that led to criminal convictions against three top officials. He was part of the team that won two national awards for a series of reports that examined the role of Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts’ spiraling healthcare costs. In 2011, his team helped expose the extraordinarily high pay and lax work habits of Chelsea Housing chief Michael E. McLaughlin, who is now in federal prison. In 2013, he worked with Andrea Estes to expose expense account abuse by ex-Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle, who now faces criminal investigation.

Previously, Allen served as the health and science editor and the lead environmental writer for the Globe. He also has worked for the Patriot Ledger in Quincy and the Maine Times in Maine. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he has taught science journalism to graduate students at Boston University and served as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997-98.

Jenn Abelson

Jenn Abelson

Jenn Abelson

E-mail: abelson@globe.com; Phone: 617-929-3037 Twitter: @jennabelson

Abelson is an investigative reporter for the Globe’s Spotlight Team. The team’s most recent project, Shadow Campus, exposed how a collision of greed, neglect, and mismanagement is endangering young people in America's college capital. Shadow Campus was a finalist for the Knight Award for Public Service in the 2014 Online Journalism Awards.

Abelson was recognized as a finalist for the 2012 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Her two-year investigation into the seafood industry revealed widespread fish mislabeling at restaurants across Massachusetts. The series, “Fishy Business,” received awards from the National Press Club, the Society for Features Journalism, the National Headliner Competition,and the Society of Business Editors and Writers. Fishy Business was also selected as a finalist for the 2011 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers.

Abelson, a graduate of Cornell University who joined the Globe in 2001, participated in the International Women’s Media Foundation reporting trip to Morocco and Western Sahara in 2012. She also served as a Spring 2010 Jefferson Fellow with the East-West Center and traveled to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Jakarta to examine the new realities in Asia in light of the economic crisis and environmental challenges.

Andrea Estes

E-mail: estes@globe.com; Phone: 617-929-8247

Estes, one of Boston’s best known investigative reporters, wrote the series of stories that led to the indictment and conviction of former House Speaker Salvatore F. Dimasi, now serving an eight-year sentence in federal prison for corruption. Estes also helped uncover the vast patronage network in the state Probation Department that led to the criminal conviction of three top agency officials. In 2011, she helped uncover the inflated $360,000 salary paid to Chelsea Housing chief Michael McLaughlin, now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption. In 2013, her stories about the free-spending ways of Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle led to his resignation and criminal investigation.

A graduate of Columbia University, Estes worked for the MetroWest Daily News and the Boston Herald. Since joining the Globe in 2000, she has covered suburban news, the federal courts, Boston city hall and the statehouse, including Governor Deval Patrick’s first campaign for governor.

Michael Rezendes

Michael Rezendes

E-mail: rezendes@globe.com; Phone: 617-929-3047; Twitter: @RezGlobe

Rezendes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who has played a key role in many of the Globe’s most significant investigations, including those probing the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, financial corruption in the nation’s charitable foundations, and the plight of mentally ill state prisoners. As a member of the Spotlight Team, he shared a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for investigating the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Rezendes and the Spotlight Team were also Pulitzer finalists for a series of stories on unscrupulous debt collectors.

More recently, Rezendes investigated the role played by a prominent Jesuit at Boston College, the Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer, in covering up sexual abuse by a predator priest with ties to Mother Teresa. He also spent a year uncovering the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three mental health patients at Bridgewater State Hospital, a prison for mentally ill men who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. Rezendes’ reporting revealed the systemic, illegal use of seclusion and restraints to control mental health patients and resulted in reforms and the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation.

Rezendes worked for the Washington Post until coming to the Globe to cover Boston City Hall more than two decades ago.

Jenna Russell

Jenna Russell

E-mail: jenna.russell@globe.com; Phone: 617-929-3153

As a projects reporter for the Globe, Russell was part of a team of journalists who produced “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope,” an award-winning 2012 series based on a year-long immersion in one of Boston’s most violent neighborhoods. Her work on another year-long series in 2011 – “Getting In: Inside Boston’s School Assignment Maze” – helped spur an overhaul of the city's system for assigning children to kindergarten. A series she worked on in 2010, about childhood bullying, won a Dart Award from Columbia Journalism School for excellence in coverage of trauma.

A former higher education reporter and roving regional writer, Russell has co- authored two Globe books: Last Lion, a 2009 biography of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and Long Mile Home, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. A native of Marblehead, Mass., she previously worked for newspapers in Maine and South Carolina. She joined the Globe Spotlight Team in 2014.

Jonathan Saltzman

Jonathan Saltzman

E-mail: jsaltzman@globe.com; Phone: 617-929-3227

Saltzman is a member of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, which won a George Polk Award and a first place National Headliner Award in 2012 for a series on the startlingly high percentage of motorists acquitted of drunk driving in bench trials. He has also worked on Spotlight Team investigations of corruption in Boston's taxi industry and of dangerous off-campus housing in the city's college neighborhoods.

Saltzman, a graduate of Brooklyn College, has worked at the Globe since 2002 and covered federal and state courts for the newspaper before joining the investigative unit in 2011. He previously worked as a reporter at several newspapers, including the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and the Poughkeepsie Journal. He also worked at the National Public Radio stations in Boston and Providence.

Todd Wallack

Todd Wallack

Todd Wallack

E-mail: twallack@globe.com; Phone: 617-929-2069

Wallack, the computer-assisted reporting specialist on the Spotlight Team, has worked as a reporter at the Globe since 2007. He previously worked in the business department, covering two of the region's flagship industries, financial services and life sciences companies.

He was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and shared a first place award from the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2013 for his work on a series of Globe stories covering the deadly outbreak of meningitis traced to a specialty pharmacy in Framingham. Prior to joining the Globe, he worked as a business and metro reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he won first place in investigative reporting from the national Education Writers Association and second in the Sunlight Freedom of Information Award for a series of stories on the University of California system, uncovering nepotism, hidden compensation and policy violations. He also won the James Madison Freedom of Information Act Award, the Depth Reporting Award and the Outstanding Young Journalist award from the Society of Professional Journalists chapter in Northern California for other stories at the Chronicle. He also received a "Laurel" from the Columbia Journalism Review for exposing fraud at a mobile phone manufacturer.

Wallack, who specializes in financial and database reporting, has conducting training sessions at journalism workshops held by the New England First Amendment Coalition, Asian American Journalists Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has also worked at the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald, Dayton Daily News, and Network World. Wallack earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He lives with his wife in Somerville.

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