Matthew Reed Baker

Matthew Reed Baker

Research + Arts Editor

Before joining Boston in June 2007, Baker was an associate editor at ForbesLife, where he ran the research department and wrote about arts and travel; a staff writer at media watchdog Brill's Content; and a researcher and copy editor for such publications as National Journal, Rolling Stone, and Rick Steves's travel books. He earned a double-major B.A. in English and Philosophy from Yale University and an M.S.J. from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He eternally thanks his parents for taking him to see foreign-language art films by age 5, the hallowed galleries of MoMA and the Uffizi by age 10, and David Mamet plays by age 12—and for letting him play his Sonic Youth and electric Miles Davis records in the car as a teenager.

Matthew Reed Baker'S latest stories

One Last Question: Why Is Boston Nicknamed Beantown?

And can it be replaced?

Fall Arts Preview

Matthew Reed Baker's guide to this season's events.

The PEM Is Getting Very Metal

With a horror movie poster exhibit from Metallica's Kirk Hammett.

The Must List

Including “It’s Alive!”, Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, and more.

One Last Question

What's the legal status of weed on college campuses?

One Last Question: Who Actually Hung the Lanterns in Old North Church?

You know: “One, if by land, and two, if by sea….”

The Must List

Including Romeo and Juliet, the Newport Folk Festival, and more.

One Last Question

Was Captain Quint based on a real person?

The Must List

Our guide to this month's events.

One Last Question

What's up with that Harvard Lampoon building?