The Bullet and the Ballplayer

In 2019, beloved baseball player David Ortiz was shot at a bar in the Dominican Republic. The shooting swiftly unraveled the two very different lives the Boston Red Sox star had been living, in Boston and in his home country. Mike Damiano masterfully tells Ortiz’s story for Boston magazine.

That frenzied quest for answers has yet to bear fruit, but it nevertheless opened a window into Ortiz’s personal life, offering a glimpse of him that had not always been visible to his legions of fans in Boston. Although Ortiz has always been unusually open and accessible to the public, and those traits are part of why Bostonians have grown to love him, there were some parts of his life—especially in the Dominican Republic—that he had long kept out of the spotlight. Consequently, the shooting didn’t merely reveal the two worlds Ortiz inhabited. It prompted the unraveling of his burgeoning attempts to finally bring them together for good.

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Mar 18, 2022
Length: 29 minutes (7,332 words)

“Take Her Down”: Inside eBay’s Stalking Campaign Against a Natick Couple

“Amazon. Etsy. eBay. Lots of companies appeared in David and Ina Steiner’s E-commerce newsletter. Only one tried to take them out.”

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Dec 2, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,060 words)

Has Witch City Lost Its Way?

“Is a witch-based tourism economy the best way to honor the legacy of executed individuals who weren’t even witches in the first place? Or is continuing to transform the town into the epicenter of modern-day witchcraft actually the perfect way to right the wrongs of the past?”

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Oct 22, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,758 words)

Why Doesn’t Boston Give New Edition Their Due?

G. Valentino Ball wonders whether Bostonians understand the true impact of New Edition, the boy band formed in late 70’s Roxbury that became the prototype for Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block, the Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC.

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Aug 21, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,454 words)

The Audition

Brownstone talks to women in Seattle who say that a man posed as a female porn recruiter to trick them into having sex with him. Can these women find justice?

Source: The Stranger
Published: Jun 8, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,631 words)

Can Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis Save the Cranberry Business?

Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis once rescued the cranberry industry by popularizing “Craisins.” Can he rescue them again?

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Apr 17, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4,754 words)

What Are the Chances?

When the medical system failed Amy Reed and Hooman Noorchashm—both doctors themselves—the couple embarked on a journey that was part vengeance, part whistle-blower, and part David and Goliath.

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Mar 20, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,520 words)

The Hunt for the Tinmouth Apple

A story about America’s early history of hard cider, and the search for the next great apple.

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Oct 1, 2015
Length: 8 minutes (2,176 words)

Police Chief Leonard Campanello’s New Fight Against the Heroin Crisis

In the midst of a statewide heroin epidemic, Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello decided to do something truly radical: stop arresting addicts and start accompanying them to treatment.

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Sep 29, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,218 words)

Hook, Line, and Sinker

A Maine treasure hunter told investors he’d found the world’s richest shipwreck off the coast of Cape Cod. Was it a scam?

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Aug 26, 2015
Length: 27 minutes (6,800 words)