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Cynthia Needham

Senior Assistant Managing Editor, Editorial Innovation


Cynthia Needham is the Senior Assistant Managing Editor for Editorial Innovation. She leads the Globe's new journalism initiatives, driving them from ideation to delivery. In this role, she works across editorial and business departments, designing products and teams, while aligning Boston Globe Media's overall strategy with its journalism goals. She also partners with the New Media team, developing Globe stories and other BGM intellectual property for the entertainment industry. Prior to that she oversaw the newsroom's Express Desk, where she directed all breaking news and digital efforts throughout the Trump administration and the Covid pandemic. Cynthia joined the Globe in 2011 and spent five years as political editor, managing coverage of regional politics and elections. She later became an editor on the Business desk. Before the Globe, she spent seven years as a political reporter for The Providence Journal. She graduated from Bowdoin College and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.