Mark Shanahan

Mark Shanahan writes a daily column focused on entertainment and pop culture, and longer pieces about folks in the fields of music, movies, literature, and the arts generally. He has been at the Boston Globe since 2003 and before that at the Portland Press Herald, where he was a political reporter and a features writer. He grew in western Mass., where his father was the editor of a local newspaper, and he developed a keen interest in news and storytelling. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is married with two fantastic children, Julia and Beckett.

Latest stories


Barack Obama hits the links on the Vineyard


The former president played in a foursome that included NBA star Steph Curry and former Celtic Ray Allen.

Now that’s a good story: news revival in Berkshires

By , Globe Staff

Local owners bought The Berkshire Eagle in 2016 and have sunk money into the paper, doing everything from hiring more reporters to improving the quality of the Eagle’s newsprint.

For Fountains of Wayne singer, a liberating new musical landscape

By , Globe Staff

These days there’s isn’t much Chris Collingwood misses about his hectic former life with the power-pop band famous for “Stacy’s Mom.” The Northampton resident has a stellar new group, Look Park.

David Byrne bringing ‘American Utopia’ to the Colonial for a pre-Broadway run

By , Globe Staff

The former Talking Heads frontman says the show — scheduled for 18 performances in Boston — will be familiar to anyone who saw his tour last year.