Billy Baker

Billy Baker is a reporter on the Globe’s narrative team whose stories range from the highly quirky to the heavily dramatic.

A native of South Boston, Baker is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Tulane University, and the Columbia Journalism School. In 2017, he received the Deborah Howell Award for Writing Excellence from the American Society of News Editors. He is at work on a book about friendship.

Latest stories

‘Bird nerds’ assemble at Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon

By , Globe Staff

Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon is technically a fund-raiser, but in reality it has become a 24-hour battle between two star-studded rival teams of highly skilled birders.

Where’s the beef? The North Shore, where they’re fighting over the No. 1 sandwich

By , Globe Staff

Inside the long-smoldering, recently reignited argument about who makes the best roast beef sandwich on the North Shore.

Qualifying for Boston can be its own marathon

By , Globe Staff

Many serious runners spend a lifetime trying to “BQ” — to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The moment when they finally pick up their race bibs can release a flood of emotions.

How to be a great fan

Marathon runners thrive on encouragement. There’s a right way to cheer them on — and a wrong way

By , Globe Staff

The crowds at the Boston Marathon are one of the many things that make it the most famous footrace in the world. Globe reporter and marathoner Billy Baker has some tips on how you can have the most impact on the course.