Patricia Wen

Wen writes mostly about social service, family and health issues. She has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, once for feature writing and also as part of a team for national reporting. A Harvard graduate, Wen has also twice won the Casey Medal for coverage of children and family issues.

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Aid to disabled children now outstrips welfare

By Patricia Wen , Globe Staff

The payments have quietly become the biggest source of monthly cash for the nation’s poorest families, data show.

Tsarnaev friend pleads guilty in obstruction case

By Patricia Wen , Globe staff

Federal prosecutors said the maximum sentence they would seek for Dias Kadyrbayev would be seven years.

Tsarnaev friend to plead guilty in obstruction case

By Patricia Wen , Globe Staff

A lawyer for Dias Kadyrbayev said the details of the guilty plea will be made clear Thursday afternoon.

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Coveted benefit, a failure to follow up

By Patricia Wen , Globe staff

As federal disability aid for poor children increasingly targets the very young, required case reviews to ensure the help is necessary or appropriate have dwindled to an alarming degree.