Matthew Reed Baker

Matthew Reed Baker, Research + Arts Editor at Boston Magazine

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.

Arts & Entertainment

The Must List

Including "Art in the Age of the Internet" at the ICA, CRASHfest, and more.

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One Last Question

Where did Massachusetts’ blue laws come from?

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One Last Question

Why is Wiscasset called "The Prettiest Village in Maine?"

Arts & Entertainment

The Must List

Including Lana del Ray at TD Garden, Huun-Huur-Tu, and more.

Arts & Entertainment

One Last Question

Was "Jingle Bells" written in Medford?

Arts & Entertainment

The Must List

Including Nicholas Nixon at the ICA, Hip Hop Nutcracker, and more.

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One Last Question

Would it be okay to let my dogs go after the Brookline turkeys?

Arts & Entertainment

The Must List

Including the Dresden Dolls, The Color Purple, and more.

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One Last Question: Where Did "Wicked" Come From?

Our research editor shares the (potential) origin story.

Arts & Entertainment

The Must List

Including "Elvis and Me," the Boston Book Festival, and more.

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One Last Question: Why Is Boston Nicknamed Beantown?

And can it be replaced?

Arts & Entertainment

Fall Arts Preview

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

Arts & Entertainment

The PEM Is Getting Very Metal

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

Arts & Entertainment

The Must List

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

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One Last Question

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