Eileen McNamara

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Eileen McNamara
Born (1952-05-30) May 30, 1952 (age 64)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s) Peter May
Children 3

Eileen McNamara (born May 30, 1952)[1] is currently a journalism professor at Brandeis University. She is a former Boston Globe columnist, where she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1997.[2]

Life and career[edit]

A graduate of Barnard College (1974) and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (1976), she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard for the academic year 1987–88. She began her journalism career at Barnard as a campus correspondent for the Daily News in New York City before graduating to The News-Times of Danbury, CT and United Press International in Boston.

During nearly 30 years at The Boston Globe, she covered everything from the night police beat to the United States Congress. First hired as a newsroom secretary, she worked her way up through the general assignment staff, the State House Bureau, the special projects team and the Sunday magazine staff to the position of columnist in 1995.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary (1997), she has been the recipient of writing and public service awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Sigma Delta Chi, the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation and others for a reporting career that focused on social issues as infant mortality, domestic violence and juvenile crime. In 2007, she was named a winner of the Yankee Quill Award, the highest individual honor given by the Academy of New England Journalists.

She is married to Boston Globe NBA beat writer Peter May,[3] and is the mother of three children: Timothy, Patrick and Katherine.

She contributed to The Boston Globe's coverage of the clergy sexual abuse scandal, for which The Globe won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003.

A regular on local public affairs programs in Boston, she has also appeared on The Today Show, Larry King Live and Nightline. She appeared on The Daily Show on September 25, 2006.

McNamara is the author of two books: Breakdown: Sex, Suicide and the Harvard Psychiatrist (which was an Edgar Award finalist in 1994) and The Parting Glass: A Toast to the Traditional Pubs of Ireland (with photographer Eric Roth).


  1. ^ McNamara bio accessed 11-7-2015
  2. ^ Globe fills two columnist slots with newsroom veterans, by the Boston Globe City & Region Desk, June 19, 2007.
  3. ^ Hush-hush: In its war of words with WEEI, the Globe learns that silence isn't necessarily golden, by Dan Kennedy, Boston Phoenix.

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