The Valedictorians Project

These Boston high school valedictorians set off to change the world.

But good grades only got them so far.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Jan 17, 2019

Losing Laura

When 34-year-old Laura Levis began having an asthma attack, she went to a nearby hospital to save herself but was unable to locate an open entrance. She lost consciousness just outside the emergency room and died seven days later. Her husband, Peter DeMarco, set out to determine why this happened and discovered a series of systemic problems that all played roles in Laura’s death.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Nov 3, 2018
Length: 50 minutes (12,676 words)

The Face in the Waves

“Jaimee was beloved. Jaimee was struggling. And then Jaimee was gone.”

Author: Evan Allen
Source: Boston Globe
Published: May 31, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,458 words)

She Loved Him, and He Died in the Holocaust. Now Her Son Is Bringing His Music Back to Life

A son spends years trying to learn what happened to a talented young musician whom his mother loved and never forgotten, and recovers some of the music he left behind.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Jan 5, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,398 words)

The Power of Will

When Pat and Dina Lacey discovered that their baby, Will, had a rare form of childhood cancer, they were told to expect the worst—that Will was incurable. They did not expect to go on a years-long journey with a doctor named Giselle Sholler who would help them, and many other children, fight for a miracle treatment.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Dec 1, 2016
Length: 49 minutes (12,388 words)

Something New in the Chill, Salt Air: Hope

Cod’s sudden return to the waters of Newfoundland have New England’s beleaguered fisherman feeling optimistic, but scientists are still trying to understand the fishes’ behavior.

Author: David Abel
Source: Boston Globe
Published: Aug 6, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,157 words)

Private Schools, Painful Secrets

From the Globe’s Spotlight Team: An investigation into the sexual abuse of hundreds of students by private school staffers in New England spanning decades.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: May 6, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,188 words)

The Life and Times of Strider Wolf

Sarah Schweitzer’s moving story of a young boy and his brother, rescued from near-fatal abuse, now in the care of grandparents who have their own difficulties making things work.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Nov 30, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6,618 words)

Why Food Allergy Fakers Need to Stop

A brief history of food allergies in America, coupled with an explanation of why their popularization may endanger those with legitimate allergies, as kitchens and restaurants come to take them less seriously.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Oct 14, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6,014 words)

Chasing Bayla

A 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist by Sarah Schweitzer about the quest to save a North Atlantic right whale. The whales’ numbers are dwindling from deaths due to getting ensnared in fishing ropes.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Oct 24, 2014
Length: 27 minutes (6,852 words)