Staff Writer

Neil Swidey

Neil Swidey is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine, where he writes in-depth narratives on a wide range of subjects. He is the author of “Trapped Under the Sea”, which was named one of the best books of 2014 by Amazon and Booklist, and “The Assist”, which was named one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post. He was also a coauthor of “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy”. His Globe writing has won numerous national awards and been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Political Writing.

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The Democrats’ choice problem: Which candidate can beat Trump in 2020?

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Fifteen hopefuls (so far) are vying for the chance to face President Trump in 2020. If the field remains big for too long, though, it could benefit the same candidate who shook up the system in 2016.

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‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university what the state needs?

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Inside Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy’s savvy plan to transform Massachusetts’ flagship university into “Cambridge West.”

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Ayanna Pressley: ‘The American people are looking for us to act and to be bold’

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The congresswoman-elect talks about following in her idol’s footsteps, the Post-it that inspired her, and getting gun legislation done.

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Meet the 2018 Bostonians of the Year: Ayanna Pressley and Alex Cora

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She’s the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. He’s the first manager of color in Red Sox history. Both are blazing bold paths forward grounded in smart strategy.