Professional Experience

June 2008-present         Nonfiction Author, little, Brown & co.             

  • Co-author of “Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Amazing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood” (Little, Brown & Co. 2010) Foreign rights sold in five countries; film rights optioned by Red Crown Productions (“The Kids Are All Right”)

April 2004-present         Freelance editor  and writer               

  • Contributor to The Boston Globe Magazine, The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, National Geographic News,, Slate, WBUR (NPR’s Boston-based affiliate radio station), et al.

  • Nonfiction editor and manuscript reviewer (traditional and self-published)

Sept. 2005-May 2016          Journalism Instructor

  • Adjunct professor and lecturer at Boston University, DePaul University, and Lake Forest College for undergraduate and graduate courses in News Writing & Reporting, Journalism, Editing and Publishing; also served as Emerson College writing coach

Sept. 2003-May 2004                MIT Knight Fellowship                             

  • One of 10 U.S. and foreign journalists chosen to study science journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Oct. 1997-Aug. 2003       Reporter, The Washington Post               

  • New England correspondent with coverage including 9/11 (Pulitzer Prize, National Desk) and the Roman Catholic Church clergy sexual abuse scandal

Dec. 1996-Oct. 1997       Freelance journalist                               

  • Contributor to The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, The Economist, Frontline (WGBH)

April 1994-Dec. 1996       Reporter, The Boston Globe                    

  • Metro reporter with coverage including TWA Flight 800 and Brookline abortion clinic shootings

June 1991-March 1994       Reporter, The Miami Herald                     

  • Metro reporter with coverage including Hurricane Andrew (Pulitzer Prize, Public Service) and Baby Theresa (Pulitzer Prize team finalist)

Nov. 1989-Aug. 1990       Reporter, American Metal Market           

  • European correspondent for London-based daily commodities newspaper


  • M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • M.A., School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University of London
  • B.A., cum laude, Political Science/Soviet & East European Studies, Tufts University


  • Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families, Regional Fellowship, Fall 1997
  • Environment Fellowship, Acadian Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources, Summer 2000
  • MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship, Fall 2003-Spring 2004
  • Also: Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bear River Writers Conference, Interlochen, Byrdcliffe Colony, and Dorset Colony House for creative writing


  • Donna Leinwand, former Managing Editor, USA Today, and former president of the National Press Club:
  • Cameron McWhirter, Reporter, Wall Street Journal:
  • Beth Daley, Director of Strategic Development, InsideClimate News:
  • Philip Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, Duke University, and former Managing Editor of The Washington Post:
I’ve always learned from Pam: her doggedness in reporting to get at the truth; her ability to contextualize stories so their national or international importance was apparent; her ability to get people to talk to her – honestly and frankly – about some of the most difficult issues in their life. Pam is one of the most gifted writers I know, both in explaining complex issues but also telling real human stories so they have impact far beyond whom she is writing about.
— Beth Daley, Strategic Development Director, InsideClimate News; former Boston Globe reporter