Jason Laughlin joined the Globe in July 2023 to cover the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services. His reporting prioritizes the voices of people most directly affected by state services, which has included wheelchair users, foster children and parents, and families of people with developmental disabilities. Before coming to the Globe, Jason spent nine years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where his beats included transportation and health. His transportation reporting focused on the experiences of transit systems' users and workers, with highlights including coverage of a deadly Amtrak derailment, a plane's engine failure that killed a passenger, and the experience of railroad engineers who live with being unwilling participants in deaths on the tracks. The Pennsylvania MediaNews Association recognized Jason as the state's best beat reporter in 2017. As a health reporter, Jason was part of the team responsible for covering the COVID-19 pandemic, and was lead reporter covering Philadelphia's pandemic response. Originally from Taunton, Jason grew up in Richmond, Va., and Concord, NH. He attended the College of William & Mary and received masters' degrees from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.