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Mark Arsenault

news reporter, investigations


Mark Arsenault joined the Boston Globe in 2010, starting in the Washington, D.C., bureau, where he covered national politics and the U.S. Congress. After transferring to the Globe’s Boston office in 2011, he has covered politics and elections, gambling and the establishment of the casino industry in Massachusetts, Boston’s doomed bid to host the summer Olympics, a variety of general assignment news, and the issue of teen suicide. He is an avid hiker and collector of national parks who occasionally contributes pieces on the outdoors to the Globe’s travel section.

For the past four years, Arsenault has worked on in-depth investigations, tackling issues such as incarceration and the regional housing crisis.

He has worked at newspapers in New England since 1989, including 10 years at The Providence Journal.

Arsenault is the author of four crime fiction novels and one nonfiction book, “The Imposter’s War: The Press, Propaganda and the Newsman who Battled for the Minds of America,” [Pegasus, 2022] a historical biography of early 20th century American news editor John R. Rathom, detailing Rathom’s part in the global propaganda wars of the First World War.