Letter from the editor

Brian McGrory, Editor of The Boston Globe.
Brian McGrory, Editor of The Boston Globe.(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

This was, to say the least, an eventful year for Boston, the most remarkable in memory, punctuated by unthinkable mayhem but also filled with the kind of resilience that has characterized our corner of America since its founding days. We began 2013 with a once-in-a-generation snowstorm. We saw Whitey Bulger convicted by a jury and sent to prison for the rest of his life. We watched as a star Patriots receiver was charged in one homicide and emerged as a prime suspect in two others. The federal government shut down in a state of complete political dysfunction. The Bruins nearly brought the Stanley Cup home. An improbable group of mostly unkempt players won an unlikely World Series at Fenway Park.

And there were the bombs, 12 seconds apart, on an otherwise gorgeous spring day, during our most cherished annual event, on a street that has always served as the spine of this city.


Amid it all, the Globe's newsroom was challenged in ways we could never have foreseen. We are not immune to grief, or fear, or the elements, or even occasional jubilation in this business, and this year we experienced it all. Please forgive my pride when I say that my colleagues put out some of the best and most important journalism in the history of this institution, accountability reporting that saw at least two heads of major institutions resign and a Spotlight report that led to wholesale reforms in Boston's taxi industry. The world came to our websites and print pages during that awful week of April 15, and we delivered with the most up-to-date news and a singular devotion to the stories of the victims—a devotion that carried us through the entire year.

I share with you 10 of the more memorable stories from 2013, though in truth, the list could be far longer. It includes the Washington bureau's groundbreaking series on political paralysis, "The Broken City." There is the story of the very real, very painful recovery of Marc Fucarile, who lost his right leg in the hours after the bombs. "Boston Strong" is easier in concept than reality.


I've included Eric Moskowitz's story about Danny, who was carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers on the Thursday night after the bombings—a harrowing tale if there ever was one. There's also the deeply nuanced and vital series on Boston Children's Hospital's efforts to hold a young patient, Justina Pelletier, against her family's will.

As we end the year, please know that I and all my colleagues have a deep appreciation for the sophistication of our audience. Thank you, sincerely, for your readership.