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

Chinese scientists facing greater scrutiny by United States

By , Globe Staff

As US-China trade talks have deteriorated and federal agencies have aggressively pursued potential cases of spying and espionage, academics of Chinese descent say they are being singled out.

As search for UMass Boston head begins, interim leader makes her mark

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A year into her job as interim chancellor, Katherine Newman has charged forward with plans to stabilize UMass Boston’s future and its shaky finances with new hires, construction projects, and cost-cutting measures to shrink certain programs and employees.

Governor during Flint, Mich., water crisis won’t take Harvard fellowship following backlash

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Harvard students and activists around the country had expressed outrage that Rick Snyder, who oversaw the Flint water crisis, was awarded the prestigious post.

The governor during the Flint water crisis is now a Harvard fellow — amid a wave of protest

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Harvard’s decision to award former Michigan governor Rick Snyder a prestigious post at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government spurred an immediate backlash on social media, with calls for Harvard to rescind it.