Gabrielle Gurley

Senior Associate Editor, CommonWealth

About Gabrielle Gurley

Gabrielle covers several beats, including mass transit, municipal government, child welfare, and energy and the environment. Her recent articles have explored municipal hiring practices in Pittsfield, public defender pay, and medical marijuana, and she has won several national journalism awards for her work. Prior to coming to CommonWealth in 2005, Gabrielle wrote for the State House News Service, The Boston Globe, and other publications. She launched her media career in broadcast journalism with C-SPAN in Washington, DC. The Philadelphia native holds degrees from Boston College and Georgetown University.

About Gabrielle Gurley

Gabrielle covers several beats, including mass transit, municipal government, child welfare, and energy and the environment. Her recent articles have explored municipal hiring practices in Pittsfield, public defender pay, and medical marijuana, and she has won several national journalism awards for her work. Prior to coming to CommonWealth in 2005, Gabrielle wrote for the State House News Service, The Boston Globe, and other publications. She launched her media career in broadcast journalism with C-SPAN in Washington, DC. The Philadelphia native holds degrees from Boston College and Georgetown University.

Stories by Gabrielle Gurley

Straus: Eliminating MBTA as separate agency should be long-term goal

Straus: Eliminating MBTA as separate agency should be long-term goal

80 percent of Baker’s bill “acceptable”

THE BEACON HILL tug of war over the MBTA continues to pit those who support Gov. Charlie Baker’s call for a special fiscal control board against those who think an expanded Massachusetts Department of Transportation board is the right medicine for the ailing transit system. Rep. William Straus, the co-chair of the Joint Committee on(...)

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Baker presses lawmakers for T control board

Baker presses lawmakers for T control board

Chelsea, Springfield turnaround experts testify

Gov. Charlie Baker turned up the pressure on state lawmakers, appearing at a joint transportation committee hearing Monday flanked by former Chelsea and Springfield officials who expressed strong support for his MBTA fiscal and management control board plan. Baker often cites the Springfield and Chelsea control boards as frameworks for the approach he wants to(...)

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Scott: State should take over the MBTA

Scott: State should take over the MBTA

Former general manager says it's the only path to accountability

“THE MBTA NEEDS to be put out of its misery.” That’s the diagnosis from Beverly Scott, the former general manager of the MBTA. The MBTA doesn’t need a fiscal and management control board or an expanded MassDOT board, she says. What the MBTA needs is a state takeover. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Tuesday that(...)

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Lawmakers skeptical of MBTA control board plan

Lawmakers skeptical of MBTA control board plan

Question need for a new ‘piece of bureaucracy’

Can the Baker administration address the MBTA’s problems using the tools that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation already has? That was the question that the Joint Committee on Transportation wrestled with as Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and members of Gov. Charlie Baker’s special MBTA panel fielded questions about its recent report on T operations, management,(...)

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Baker unveils MBTA reform legislation

Baker unveils MBTA reform legislation

Governor says control board will bring needed "focus, urgency, and intensity" to problems

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack unveiled legislation Wednesday to create a fiscal and management control board to take charge of the crisis-ridden MBTA. The move comes one day after Baker accepted the resignations of six of the seven members of the current MassDOT board which oversees the MBTA. Pollack said that the control(...)

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Alvaro critiques MBTA panel

Alvaro critiques MBTA panel

Former MassDOT board member says it's unfair to blame board, senior officials

FERDINAND ALVARO UNDERSTANDS the MBTA’s finances and inner workings better than most outsiders. Ask him who is to blame for the bundle of issues that led to the transit agency’s breakdown this winter and he has a simple answer: “Everybody.” Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Alvaro, an attorney with expertise in finance and administration, to the(...)

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Charting postpartum depression

Charting postpartum depression

Advocates want to identify at-risk mothers before tragedy strikes, but universal screening is not an easy sell

WHENEVER SHE PICKED UP a knife, Jamie Zahlaway Belsito thought about stabbing herself. The thought intruded so often that the mother-to-be thought it was a sign that having a baby was a mistake. The dark-haired, vivacious former Philips executive used to jet back and forth between Boston and the technology company’s headquarters in the Netherlands. Belsito(...)

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Panel calls for MBTA fiscal control board

Panel calls for MBTA fiscal control board

Agency said to suffer from ‘pervasive organizational failure’

The special panel appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to examine the MBTA after the transit system’s winter collapse proposed a nuclear option – a fiscal and management control board, to take over the long-troubled transit agency. “There is a pervasive organizational failure at the MBTA,” said Katie Lapp, the panel’s co-chair and a former executive(...)

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