Andrea Estes

Estes is an investigative reporter specializing in government accountability. She has covered the State House, Boston City Hall, and the federal courts and served on the Spotlight investigative team exposing corrupt hiring practices in the state Probation Department. Her reporting on former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi led to federal corruption charges.

Latest stories

Inspector rips former Westfield State chief

By Andrea Estes and Scott Allen , Globe Staff

A scathing report by the state inspector general said Evan Dobelle “violated the public trust” with spending on dubious items.

Feb. 24, 2012

Ex-probation chief, 2 aides indicted in hiring scandal

By Andrea Estes and Thomas Farragher , Globe Staff

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced indictments against John J. O’Brien and two former lieutenants, contending that they ran the state agency like a criminal enterprise.

Relief over probation verdict, concerns over pace of change

By Dan Adams and Andrea Estes , Globe correspondent and Globe staff

Victims of corruption in the Probation Department reacted with relief and elation.

Victim of probation patronage system has emotional reaction to verdict

By Andrea Estes , Globe Staff

Joseph Gagnon lost his job with the department when he clashed with one of John O’Brien’s inner circle.