Investigative reporter Andrea Estes, who was fired by The Boston Globe in May following a report about management problems at the MBTA that contained several significant errors, has been hired as a staff reporter by the Plymouth Independent, a new nonprofit news organization.
The press release announcing her hiring quotes Independent editor Mark Pothier, who was until recently a top editor at the Globe, praising Estes fulsomely: “Andrea’s talent for rooting out important news is unparalleled. There’s a well-worn saying about sunlight being the best disinfectant, but it holds true. And I’m confident she’ll bring a lot of sunshine to town. Having her on staff sends a strong message about the kind of serious journalism we plan to do.”
Also involved with the Independent is the legendary Globe reporter Walter Robinson, still an editor-at-large at the Globe.
Although the MBTA story that apparently led to Estes’ departure contained a number of problems, the Globe has never explained what went wrong, what Estes’ role was, and who else might have been responsible, either in whole or in part. By bringing Estes to the Independent, Pothier and Robinson have signaled their support for someone with a long track record of outstanding work.
- A smart analysis of Andrea Estes’ “compelling and consequential” career (May 8)
- Globe editor Nancy Barnes tells her staff she’s working to unravel the MBTA fiasco (May 4)
- Andrea Estes has left the Globe following an error-riddled story about the MBTA (May 4)
- An ombudsman could have explained what went wrong with the Globe’s MBTA story (April 28)