Emily Sweeney

Emily Sweeney covers local news and writes the “Blotter Tales” column for the Globe. She is a past president and board member of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and frequently gives talks at schools, universities, and media industry events. She also serves on the board of directors for the New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC) and the New England Society of News Editors (NESNE). A proud native of Dorchester, Sweeney graduated from Northeastern University and played on NU’s championship-winning women’s ice hockey team. She has been on the Globe staff since 2001.

Latest stories


Single in the suburbs: the more, the merrier

By , Globe Staff

While many eligible bachelors and bachelorettes rely on online dating services, some prefer to meet new people in group settings, doing activities they enjoy.

Where do all the single people live?

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You won’t find many in wealthy suburbs, where three-car garages and one-acre zoning are de rigueur.


That screaming in the woods? Not human

By , Globe Staff

A woman finds her name crossed off her gravestone, a couple calls the cops over the thermostat, an intruder befriends a howling dog, and other odd tales from local police departments.

Plymouth police rally around Big John the horse

By , Globe Staff

The 7-year-old Clydesdale-Belgian cross was recently diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder.