Rebecca Ostriker has been an investigative reporter at the Boston Globe since 2019. She has written stories about a once-celebrated New Hampshire heart surgeon who amassed one of the nation’s worst surgical malpractice records, a prestigious Harvard teaching hospital that risked its reputation in a multimillion-dollar venture for Chinese elites, and leadership failures that led to devastating COVID-19 outbreaks at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and a pricy five-star nursing home. She co-authored a three-part series examining the political gridlock and powerful incentives behind paralyzing traffic in the Boston area that won the Online Journalism Awards’ 2020 prize for explanatory reporting, medium newsroom.
Before becoming an investigative reporter, she was the Globe’s Arts Editor for nine years, a tenure during which two arts critics won Pulitzer prizes, and she won a New York Times Company Punch Award for editing a special Globe magazine on the Museum of Fine Arts. For two years, she also served as the Globe’s page 1 editor for the Monday paper. A Harvard grad, she previously worked as an Assistant Arts Editor and as a copyeditor in the Globe’s Living/Arts and Sports departments. While in Living/Arts, she wrote stories and criticism on everything from music and movies to dance.