Billy Baker has been a features writer at the Globe since 2010. He lives on Cape Ann and writes about life on the North Shore.
His first book, “We Need to Hang Out,” was published by Simon & Schuster in 2021, and grew out of a Globe Magazine article about how adults stink at friendship. It was an Amazon Editors’ Pick, and The New York Times Book Review called it “an entertaining mix of social science, memoir, and humor,” which was cool. But they also said it was as if the book had been “filtered through the lens of Will Ferrell.” Is that a compliment?
Baker grew up in South Boston, Massachusetts and is married to a woman from South Boston, Virginia. They met when he was on an assignment trying to figure out why there is a South Boston in Virginia. He never did write the story.
He is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Tulane University, and the Columbia Journalism School, and is a recipient of the Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence from the News Leaders Association. He is also a two-time finalist for Member of the Month at his gym.
During his tenure at the Globe he has been a member of the Narrative Team, and covered the outdoors, mostly with stories about how he is bad at the outdoors. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance magazine journalist whose work appeared in several publications you have heard of and many you have not.