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Brendan McCarthy

Deputy Projects Editor


Brendan McCarthy is the deputy projects editor and oversees the quick strike investigative team. He led the team that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series about roadway safety. Before coming to the Globe in 2018, McCarthy was the founding editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom that specialized in audio investigations. There, he shepherded a podcast that won a Peabody award, as well as projects that garnered IRE awards, and national and regional Edward R. Murrow honors. As a reporter, McCarthy covered crime and corruption in New Orleans for The Times-Picayune. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and received Columbia University’s Mike Berger award in 2009 for an eight-part narrative series about a boy’s murder. McCarthy also was part of a team that won a George Polk award for uncovering police abuses. He previously worked in television at WWL-TV in New Orleans and as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. A proud native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, McCarthy graduated from Emerson College.