Staff Writer

Neil Swidey

Neil Swidey is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine, where he writes in-depth narratives on a wide range of subjects. He is the author of “Trapped Under the Sea”, which was named one of the best books of 2014 by Amazon and Booklist, and “The Assist”, which was named one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post. He was also a coauthor of “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy”. His Globe writing has won numerous national awards and been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Political Writing.

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Our college sports system is broken. Do we have the guts to fix it?

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From big-money Division I football and basketball to the privileged niche sports caught up in the Varsity Blues scandal, campus athletics needs a complete overhaul. Could this bold idea work?

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How young is too young to recruit kids for college teams?

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As women’s soccer coach at Boston College, Alison Foley grappled with practices that had girls committing to teams while in middle school.

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An MIT dean foretold the admissions scandal, before experiencing her own disgrace

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Faked credentials led to her downfall as dean of admissions. Now she preaches authenticity to stressed out high schoolers applying to college.

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The Democrats’ choice problem: Which candidate can beat Trump in 2020?

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Fifteen hopefuls (so far) are vying for the chance to face President Trump in 2020. If the field remains big for too long, though, it could benefit the same candidate who shook up the system in 2016.