DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM
B.A. Harvard College
Thomas Gagen, a journalist at the Boston Globe for 36 years, was an editorial writer and then chief editorial writer. He has written editorials that helped to shape the creation of the Massachusetts health care program, a precursor to President Obama's national plan. His writings have also influenced development on Boston Harbor, and expressed the community's outrage at sexual abuse by priests in the Boston Archdiocese. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work on these three topics.
Gagen has also written editorials on the Central Artery highway project, Boston neighborhood problems, Massachusetts budget issues, and many other subjects. He has written opinion articles based on travels in Africa, Central America and Northern Ireland.
Gagen has also edited the Globe's op-ed page, where he gave writers of many different political persuasions an opportunity to present their viewpoints.
Before joining the Emerson faculty, he taught civics and history for three years at Boston Community Leadership Academy, a pilot public high school in the Hyde Park section of the city.