«Class of 2009

Michael Rezendes

investigative reporter, Boston Globe

Rezendes was born in Bangor, Maine. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his master’s from The American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He began his journalism career as the editor of the East Boston Community News in 1979. From 1981-1986, he was a political reporter for the alternative paper, the Boston Phoenix, and for the San Jose Mercury News. For the next three years, he worked as a freelance writer and staff reporter for the Washington Post. In 1989, he joined the Boston Globe where he covered city, state and presidential politics. He was also the paper’s roving national reporter, a weekly essayist and the deputy editor for national news. Rezendes joined the Globe’s investigative Spotlight Team in 2000 and, two years later, was the lead reporter and writer on the opening story of the team’s expose of the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The series won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the George Polk Award for National Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, and numerous other honors. In 2007, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a winner of the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a Spotlight Team series on abuses in the debt collection industry. In addition, he is a co-author of the book, “Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church” (2002) and a contributing author of “Sin Against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church” (2004).

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