Maddie Mortell is an Audience Engagement Strategist who assists both The Boston Globe and Boston.com newsrooms, as well as the Globe’s television show, Boston Globe Today, and the Love Letters podcast. She has worked on a variety of multimedia storytelling projects, most notably: “Kate Price remembers terrible,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist feature by Janelle Nanos, “A celebrated surgeon, a trail of secrets and death,” a multi-part Spotlight Team investigation into corrupt medical malpractice, “Two Weeks in America,” an expansive multi-part series following the journeys of 12 journalists to the four corners of America, “The lobster trap” a multi-part series collaboration between the The Boston Globe and The Portland Press Herald, examining how climate change and warming waters impact Maine's signature lobstering industry, and “Voices from the front lines” an in-depth look at the realities of hospital staff plagued by multiple crises in wake of the COVID-19 era.
Informed by her work in audience engagement and as a side effect of being “extremely online,” one of her areas of interest is capturing local and national stories of community within Internet culture. She’s written about Mass. native Bo Burnham’s work “Inside,” a geriatric pug prophet named Noodle, a 101-year-old lobsterwoman turned viral star, a touching “Are you good?” moment between a local bookseller and customer over their cart selection, and a local TikTok rockstar who is kicking a rock everyday until it becomes a sphere.
Prior to joining Boston Globe Media as a weekend producer for Boston.com in January 2020, she worked in public radio as a freelance digital producer for WBUR and their weekday national news broadcast “On Point.” Her media journey began as a social media intern at NPR in 2019, and her affinity for Tiny Desk Concerts hasn’t dwindled since.