Billy Baker

Billy Baker is a reporter on the Globe’s narrative team whose stories range from the highly quirky to the heavily dramatic.

A native of South Boston, Baker is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Tulane University, and the Columbia Journalism School. In 2017, he received the Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence from the American Society of News Editors. He is at work on a book about friendship.

Latest stories

At 70, this Nahant surfer dude is still stoked

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Nahant’s “Fearless Freddy” Jonas caught his first wave as a teenager in Nahant and has been hooked ever since.

Can I have a tonic? No, not that tonic

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A Globe reporter investigates what you get when you order a tonic in Boston.

Planting flags, hanging wreaths, and learning lessons

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Around Boston, JROTC students are rushing to fill a unique and memorable role for Memorial Day.

As the other world turns: How a trip to Mars thwarted and ignited love

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Three years ago, three locals were selected among 100 finalists for an ambitious project to colonize Mars.