Kay Lazar covers public health and the science of aging at the Boston Globe. A veteran reporter who joined the health team in 2008, she has written extensively about how health care, policy, and research intersect with people's lives. Her stories have investigated patterns of profit and subpar care at nursing homes, explored early-onset, inherited Alzheimer’s disease – told through the lives of a family-run grocery store owner and his children – plumbed the psychological devastation from a troubled child welfare system, and delved into cutting-edge research on longevity. Her stories have also exposed excessive antipsychotic use in nursing homes, and no-bid contracts for Medicaid. She was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting as part of a Globe team that investigated a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. She received a 2013 National Press Club award for excellence in writing on issues facing the elderly. She also won first place in the 2010 Association of Health Care Journalists awards for excellence for beat coverage. Kay grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.