Malcolm Gay is an arts reporter who focuses on enterprise and accountability work across the cultural sector. Since his arrival at the Globe in 2015, he has produced a series of in-depth articles, including an unprecedented look at the “cult” disgraced conductor James Levine nurtured in his early days, a portrait of the life and legacy of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the complicated inheritance faced by descendants of enslaved potter David Drake.
Malcolm was one of three lead reporters on The Valedictorians Project, a nominated finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. The project, which revealed structural impediments faced by even Boston’s best and brightest, also led to the formation of The Great Divide, a team of Globe journalists focused on race, class, and opportunity in public education.
His first book, The Brain Electric, details the race among top neuroscientists to merge the mind with machines. Scientific American MIND called it, “one of the most fascinating and exasperating books you will ever read.”
A former Alicia Patterson Fellow, Malcolm has written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Wired. His work has received a variety of national journalism awards over the years, including top honors from the James Beard Foundation, the Education Writers Association, and the National Association of Black Journalists.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism.