Journalism Faculty

Mark Leccese

Associate Professor (2003)

B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. Boston College

Mark Leccese

A veteran newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, and magazine writer, Mr. Leccese covered politics and government in Massachusetts for more than 25 years and won several New England and Massachusetts Press Association awards.

He has worked as a correspondent for The Boston Globe, political reporter for the Fitchburg Sentinel, editor-in-chief of The Tab Newspapers, State House bureau chief for Community Newspaper Company,\ and was the founding editor of Beacon Hill: The Newspaper of Massachusetts Government. His freelance reporting and writing has appeared in publications including The Columbia Journalism Review, The Quill, The Boston Phoenix, Commonwealth, and State Legislatures, and he has been a contributing editor at Boston Magazine. Mr. Leccese has taught journalism and writing at Boston University, Northeastern University, and Boston College. His primary areas of interest are public affairs journalism and online journalism, and his research is focused on political blogs.

He was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Emerson College Stanley and Helaine and Miller Outstanding Teacher Award.

His paper "Online Information Sources of Political Blogs" was published in the Autumn 2009 Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and his paper "Shallow Netroots: Hypertext Links to Advocacy Organizations in Six Top Political Blogs" appears in the April 2014 Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies.

From 2010 to 2013 he wrote the media criticism blog "Gatekeeper" for He has also written media criticism for the "Cognoscenti" blog at

He is at work on a book, The Elements of Blogging: The Craft of Storytelling in the Digital Age, with his colleague Jerry Lanson.

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