Editor of the Spotlight team

Patricia Wen

Patricia Wen is the editor of the Spotlight Team, the Globe’s investigative unit that includes six reporters. She took over in 2017 after having previously worked as a reporter on the team more than two decades ago.

Over the years, Wen has specialized in covering social service, legal and medical issues. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times – in 2004 for feature writing, in 2013 as part of a team for national reporting, and in 2018 as Spotlight editor overseeing a seven-part series on race issues in Boston. Wen has also twice won the Casey Medal for coverage of children and family issues, each time in the category of major projects in large publications.

Before joining the Globe, she worked at The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ and The Advocate in Stamford, CT. A native of East Lansing, Michigan and a Harvard graduate, she is married with three children.

Latest stories

Death of 1-year-old in Woburn ruled a homicide

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The ruling came almost nine months after the infant was injured while in a babysitter’s care.

An immigrant success story ends in murder charge

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Until that day when the flashing lights of police cruisers reflected off their Quincy home, this couple rarely drew public attention to themselves.

She was given up anonymously 8 years ago. Now, she wonders where she came from.

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It’s a complex question for 8-year-old Caitlyn, one of 27 newborns surrendered anonymously under the state's safe haven law since 2005.

Behind the scenes

How would readers react to my story on the tragic life of two Brookline sisters?

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When the first of dozens of e-mails began pouring in from across the country, Patricia Wen was struck by the deep sympathies extended to the sisters.