Interim Ideas Editor

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.

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Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Is ‘chronic Lyme disease’ real?

By , Globe Staff

Advocates have played a vital role in bringing attention to Lyme disease. But have the #lymewarriors taken it too far?

Opinion | Michael A. Cohen

Tom Steyer’s misguided campaign for president

By Michael A. Cohen ,

There are better ways to spend $100 million.

Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Power in the rubble of the American Dream: Why Donald Trump may be the most consequential president of our time

By , Globe Staff

He’s crass and cockeyed. But he’s focused the country, like no one else, on the fundamental challenges of the post-industrial, post-civil rights era.


False Alarms: Your cellphone won’t give you brain cancer


Much of the fear can be traced back to a single scientist — who got it wrong.