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

Baker moves to crack down on commuter train engineers with bad driving records

By , Globe Staff

Following a Globe report on the poor driving and disciplinary records of engineers, a number of public officials and commuters urged Keolis to take strong action.

Thornton Law Firm didn’t break state campaign finance laws, prosecutor says

By , Globe Staff

The decision ends the state inquiry into Thornton Law Firm. But federal investigations, which began in 2016, are ongoing.

A rail safety system gone badly off track

By , Globe Staff

More than half of all commuter rail engineers have driving records that experts described as poor — at least three infractions such as speeding, causing accidents, and failure to stop.

Rail officials knew of engineer’s speeding, drunk driving. They let him drive trains anyway

By , Globe Staff

Robert Ronquillo III, son of the chief justice of the Boston Municipal Court, was also penalized multiple times for safety violations on the job.