Spencer Buell

Staff Writer at Boston Magazine

Spencer Buell is a staff writer for Boston, covering news, politics, technology, the T, legal weed, french fries, bears, Brady, and beer. He used to be a news reporter for Metro Boston and the Arlington Advocate.

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Please Enjoy This Wildly 1980s News Clip about the Scourge of Video Games in Boston

A news broadcast sheds light on this apparently terrifying era.

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How Boston Could Save Winter by Finally Doing Something Fun with Its Streets

Other cities are turning car-free roads into outdoor destinations this year. Why can’t we?

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The Latest October Surprise: Snow Is on the Way in Boston

Look for some pre-Halloween flakes Thursday into Friday.

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How a “Dunkies”-Toting Early Voter at Fenway Became an Instant Boston Star

The ultimate Boston voter has been located.

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7 News Anchor Alaina Pinto Says She Was Fired for Appearing in Hubie Halloween

She appeared briefly in the Adam Sandler Netflix movie as a fictional reporter.

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Boston Is Among the Nation’s “Rattiest Cities,” and It’s Only Getting Rattier

The rat population boom has landed us near the top of the list in a new report.

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Bad News: Drought, Storms Could Wipe Out This Year’s New England Foliage

Experts warn that remnants from Hurricane Delta are likely to put a serious damper on leaf-peeping season.

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An Appliance Shortage Is Rattling Boston, and Me

The COVID era has made household necessities much harder to come by. Better hope your oven doesn’t break!

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NECCO Wafers Are Back…On the List of Worst Halloween Candies

After everything it’s been through, still no respect for the chalky delights.

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Those Aren’t Clouds: The West Coast Wildfire Smoke Has Reached Massachusetts

Traces of the fires out west have cast a haze over the region.


Where Massachusetts Colleges Placed in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

We’ve still got schools at the top of the class.


Use This Interactive Fall Foliage 2020 Map to Plan Your Next Getaway

You need this. I need this. Let’s get out there and see some leaves.

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WCVB Reporter Ted Wayman “Is Doing Well” After He Was Stabbed on the Job

He’s recovering from the attack and “will be back at work in the coming days.”

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When the Temperature Drops, Boston Needs to Stay Outside

As the weather changes, we shouldn’t change our instincts to gather outdoors.

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It’s Never Been More Clear: Fare Hikes Won’t Save the MBTA

The MBTA says an increase is on the table as it seeks to solve its pandemic-era budget woes. It shouldn’t be.