Ideas Writer

David Scharfenberg

David Scharfenberg is an editorial writer and staff writer for the Globe’s Ideas section. He previously worked as a reporter in the Globe’s State House bureau. A graduate of Brown University, he has written for The New York Times and The Providence Journal and was a radio reporter at WBUR in Boston.

Latest stories


How to fix the police

By , Globe Staff

Reforming law enforcement can't just be about preventing excessive policing. It also has to address the problem of under-policing.


Data Point: The bipartisan consensus for climate action

By , Globe Staff

A new survey shows broad support for plans to reduce carbon emissions.


The white anti-racist movement has arrived

By , Globe Staff

Can ‘deep canvassing’ and other tactics better support Black activists — and produce real change?


Will the coronavirus sicken our great ape cousins?

By , Globe Staff

Gorillas share about 98 percent of their DNA with humans