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

New book by former New York Times editor Jill Abramson sparks online chatter

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“Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts” has drawn intense attention.

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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 was Boston’s strangest disaster

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One hundred years ago today an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through the North End.

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The flutist who sued the Boston Symphony Orchestra for equal pay

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Elizabeth Rowe sued under the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, arguing that she should receive the same compensation as her fellow male performers.

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Best-selling author Celeste Ng speaks out on sexual harassment and racism

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She’s using social media to broaden public discussion about some of our most explosive social issues.