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

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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Zimbalist torches Olympics bid

Zimbalist torches Olympics bid

Sports expert is maxed out on Boston 2024

At a recent public meeting on Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympic bid, an Allston resident cited the work of Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College economist, on cost overruns that host cities can rack up preparing for the Games and wondered who would be held responsible for potential deficits. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pledged that the city(...)

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Gun advocates protest billboards

Gun advocates protest billboards

Pressure forces Clear Channel to back off

A war of words over words erupted this week as gun rights advocates checkmated Boston developer John Rosenthal’s effort to spread his anti-gun violence message across Massachusetts via billboards. The billboards, which say “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,” feature a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle with a white surrender flag in(...)

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Tackling MBTA’s debt problem

Tackling MBTA’s debt problem

Earlier decisions made bad situation worse

THE MBTA’S EFFORTS to spare Boston-area riders fare increases and service cuts by restructuring its debt service payments made a bad financial situation worse, according to a new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business watchdog group. The winter storms of 2015 brought two related issues into sharp focus: the transit system’s debt of(...)

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Boston’s African American leaders

Boston’s African American leaders

Q&A with Ken Cooper

PHOTOJOURNALIST DON WEST teamed up with former Boston Globe national editor Ken Cooper on Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership to document the careers of Boston-area African American leaders who have distinguished themselves in fields from arts to politics. The book is a photographic journey through the stories of more than 100 black men(...)

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Battle for MBTA’s soul underway

As the task to slice and dice the MBTA’s historic collapse gets underway, a battle royale has erupted anew between two camps of transportation influencers who can be loosely described as the expansionists and the fix-it-firsters. On the expansion side, advocacy groups like the MassPIRG and Conservation Law Foundation, which backed a controversial Big Dig mitigation agreement(...)

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Baker creates MBTA commission

Baker creates MBTA commission

Wants 'deep dive' done in 30 days

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER moved to put his administration’s stamp on the MBTA by appointing a special commission to investigate how past finance, maintenance, and management practices led to the wintertime collapse of the country’s fifth-largest transit agency. Baker said he expects a report from the advisory group in about 30 days. The decision to investigate(...)

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Beacon Hill’s MBTA fix: Let them ride the T

Nonplussed by the plight of the poor, a French aristocrat once said “let them eat cake.” With hundreds of thousands of people struggling during the MBTA’s winter crisis, Massachusetts legislative leaders have come up with similar rejoinder: Let them ride the T. Senate President Stan Rosenberg, the Amherst Democrat, is receptive to greater investment in the(...)

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