Jenna Russell

A contributor to award-winning Globe projects including “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope,” based on a year of reporting in a Boston neighborhood, Jenna Russell is a co-author of two Globe books: “Last Lion,” a biography of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and “Long Mile Home,” about the Boston Marathon bombing. As a member of the Spotlight investigative team, she helped expose failures of the state’s mental health care system, work that was recognized as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017.

Latest stories

Spotlight Follow-Up

Governor Baker’s quiet approach to the mental health crisis draws criticism

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The governor has proposed measures to help people with mental illness, but he has declined to speak publicly about the crisis.

Spotlight Follow-up

A depleted state system fails many with serious mental illness

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People with mental illness under the supervision of the Department of Mental Health have endangered themselves or others recently, including one who died.


Advocates: Mass. unlawfully isolates mentally ill inmates

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The prisoners remain in isolation despite the state’s promise to end the practice, according to an attorneys’ group.

The Desperate and the Dead | Part 6

The hidden cost when mental illness meets homelessness

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Everyone knows David, and wants to help, as he bounces between shelters, hospitals, jail. He is among the many homeless people with mental illness who find no care system to address their desperation.