Matt Rocheleau

Matt covers “things that work,” stories about efforts locally and beyond that have succeeded, or hold great promise, in improving government, business, policy, and other aspects of life. He first wrote for the Globe in 2009, as a student reporter in the newspaper’s co-op program. After graduating from UMass Amherst a year later, he returned to the Globe and has worked here ever since, reporting primarily on data-driven stories, city neighborhoods, transportation, business, and higher education.

Latest stories

Social distancing violators beware: someone might be watching

By , Globe Staff

The highly contagious coronavirus has turned some area residents into social distance vigilantes.

Governor Baker is launching a major effort to trace infected people’s contacts. Some say it might be too late

By and , Globe Staff

The initiative will enlist more than 1,200 public health college students to ease the burden on local health boards by collecting information from people potentially infected by each COVID-19 patient.

Shutdowns and stay-at-home orders may be slowing spread of coronavirus, new data show

By , and , Globe Staff

The dramatic social distancing measures in Massachusetts and beyond have shown the first potential hints of slowing the advance of the novel coronavirus, evidence that public health officials said underscores the importance of keeping people home to blunt the impact of an increasingly deadly pandemic.

State child welfare worker infected with coronavirus, others ill and awaiting test results

By , Globe Staff

The social workers, each based out of a different DCF office, had interacted with children and families the agency serves, as well as colleagues.