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Sean Cotter

Police Reporter


Sean Cotter covers the Boston Police Department, crime, and policing for the Boston Globe, where he started in 2023. He has worked at newspapers for a decade, reporting on everything from prolific conmen to the world's largest cardboard box. Before coming to the Globe, Sean worked across town at the Boston Herald, covering Boston City Hall and editing the paper's Sunday edition with a focus on government accountability and transparency. Sean previously reported on the city of Quincy for the Patriot Ledger and covered the heavy overlap of crime and local politics in central Pennsylvania for the York Dispatch. In his articles over the years, Sean has delved into police chase procedures, the plight of volunteer fire departments, the issues surrounding the Mass. and Cass area, and attempts at police reform. A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean grew up in the South Shore and lives in Boston.