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.

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‘Tentacles’ of trafficking ring expand nationwide, authorities say

By Matt Stout and , Globe Staff

Robert Kraft is just one of potentially hundreds of people connected to what authorities say was an international operation.

In Harvard affirmative action case, judge appears skeptical

By , Globe Staff

The judge said the lack of Asian-American witnesses was a “problem” in the lawsuit claiming Harvard College intentionally discriminated against Asian-American applicants.

At Harvard, Asian-American students urge diversity efforts beyond admissions

By , Globe Staff

The imminent departures of two Asian-American professors have drawn attention to the meager number of minority faculty on campus.

Despite criticism and complaints, MIT won’t cut ties to Saudi Arabia

By , Globe Staff

MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, denounced the behavior of the Saudi regime for violating human rights but rejected calls to unilaterally pull out of engagements in the country.