Doug Most


September 28, 2022 - Boston, MA Headshots for Boston University Marketing & Communications staff. Photo by Janice Checchio for Boston University Photography.
Photo by Janice Checchio for Boston University Photography.

When people hear about the subject of my last book—subways—they usually ask how I got interested in it. There is no great answer, but there are some clues in my background. I was born in Boston (clue) and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island. My father grew up in New York (clue) and my mother lived blocks away from Yankee Stadium (clue). I grew up in New England (clue) with New Yorkers for parents. And eventually I became a transportation reporter at The Record, of Hackensack, NJ (giant clue), where I covered NJ Transit, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and basically Trains, Planes, and Automobiles. (Great movie!)

After a career as a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines up and down the East coast, I left The Boston Globe in 2018, and accepted a position at Boston University, where I lead a terrific newsroom team as Assistant Vice President and Executive Editor.

A little more background: I graduated George Washington University and spent my first 10 years in journalism as a reporter, at The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C., The Daily Record in Morristown, NJ, (where I covered an ambitious young politician named Chris Christie) and at The Record. At The Record I spent two years covering the case of two suburban teenagers who hid their pregnancy from their parents and threw their newborn into a trash bin. My coverage of the case, coincided with working the transportation beat and in 1998 I was fortunate to be named the New Jersey Press Association’s Journalist of the Year.

After the baby case was finished, I wrote a true crime book,  “Always In Our Hearts, The Story of Amy Grossberg, Brian Peterson, the Pregnancy They Hid and the Baby They Killed.” Also while at The Record, I wrote a feature for Sports Illustrated (fulfilling a longtime dream) about 4 young Black men shot by state troopers in a racial profiling stop on the New Jersey Turnpike on their way to a basketball tryout. The story appeared in Best American Sports Writing.

My next job took me to Boston (also a clue), as senior editor at Boston Magazine, where I also began writing for Parents magazine and Runner’s World and teaching Magazine Writing & Editing at Boston University. In 2003, I left Boston Magazine to lead the redesign of the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. I remained at the Globe for 15 years, until leaving in 2018 to join BU. It’s been a great journalism journey.

When I’m not writing or editing, I can usually be found jogging the streets of Needham, Massachusetts,  or shooting hoops or playing baseball with my two kids. My wife, Mimi Braude, is a social worker. Back to that question: Why did I write “The Race Underground?” Let’s just say I’m drawn to fascinating stories with fascinating people. And I like trains.

Now it’s onward to my next book: Ships. I’ll keep you posted.

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