A keen observer of the human condition and endless champion for the New England Everyman, Rob DeCola was born and raised in the North Shore suburbs of Boston. As consumer-level online communications came into their own in the last years of the 20th Century, so did Rob, now irrevocably tied to the burgeoning technology through self-taught experimentation. He studied journalism at Emerson College in Boston and started work in the Globe newsroom in 2003, putting to use his technical know-how and love of local culture as an intern at boston.com. He accepted a full-time staff position in late 2004 as part of the newsroom’s digital conversion team, tasked with the single prime directive of presenting daily editions of The Boston Globe online for readers across the planet. Rob would continue to serve as part of boston.com’s news, features, and sports teams for the better part of a decade before bringing his talents to bostonglobe.com in 2014. He’s been in the newsroom through five presidential elections, 11 Boston sports championship runs, 1 global pandemic, and was helming the breaking news desk the night of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing shootout. That work, along with the work of countless others in the Globe newsroom, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage in 2014. Rob’s other work has involved everything from foreign affairs to the local arts scene. You can usually find him cracking wise in the newsroom, consistently in awe of the talent, dedication, and professionalism on display from his Globe colleagues, as they all join together in the joyful pursuit of excellence.