Deirdre Fernandes

Covers the steep price students pay to earn a degree and the money behind the region’s education economy. Since joining the Globe in 2011, Fernandes has covered insurance, banking, and the economy, writing about how changes in the industry are altering the consumer experience. She previously worked for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia and papers in North Carolina, before returning to Massachusetts. She grew up in Sudbury.

Latest stories

Hasty Pudding Theatricals casts first female performers

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The inclusion of women in the cast reflects a changing social scene on the Ivy League college’s campus, where traditionally all-male and all-female social groups are losing their clout.

After police encounter, an uneasy return to Smith College

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Nearly two months after Oumou Kanoute wrote about her encounter with the Smith campus police, her life on campus is markedly different.

Lawrence area residents will not have gas restored for weeks as pipes are replaced

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Miles of cast-iron and steel pipes will be replaced in the Lawrence area, according to utility officials.

Protests mark start of new semester at Smith College

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Protests amid the college’s usually festive convocation ceremony served as a reminder that students remain upset by the treatment of a black student in late July.