Globe Reporter Patricia Wen on FOIA’s, Interviews and Uncovering the Next Big Story

By Jesse Nankin-

The Boston Globe’s Patricia Wen recently completed a three-part series on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program titled, “The Other Welfare,” bringing to light controversial aspects about this system that serves indigent, disabled children. Watchdog New England sat down with Wen to find out how this talented journalist uncovered and reported the story, the stumbling blocks she faced and just how she convinced SSI recipients to speak so openly on the record.

Wen has been a Globe reporter for nearly 25 years, covering a wide range of topics, including the Boston Public School system, health and science, and more recently children, family and social service issues. Wen served on the Globe’s Spotlight Team, the paper’s investigative unit, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing. In 2004, she won a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for distinguished coverage of children and family issues. Prior to joining the Globe, Wen reported for the Star-Ledger, in Newark, N.J., and the Stamford Advocate, in Connecticut.

Listen to the interview here.

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