About the journey
Two Weeks in America
12 journalists. 22,500 miles. A nation full of stories. The Boston Globe dispatched four teams of journalists to embark on a two-week road trip across the United States. Meet each team and learn more about the project.
Read a letter from Globe editor Brian McGrory.
See the paths 12 Globe journalists took in their journey to the four corners of America. Click on a dot to see a story from that location.
Each team consisted of two reporters and a photographer assigned to travel from Kansas City, Mo., to a corner of the United States by car.
Diti Kohli is a general assignment reporter on the business desk. She covers everything from economy and housing to retail and labor. In the past, Diti worked as the digital producer for the business and living arts teams, as well as an intern at the Tampa Bay Times and BostInno. She graduated from Emerson College in 2021.
Emma covers politics and government for The Boston Globe, where she started in 2021. Previously, she spent four years covering justice, politics and COVID-19 for The Texas Tribune in Austin. A Connecticut native, Emma is a graduate of Yale and a former managing editor of the Yale Daily News.
Pat Greenhouse is an award-winning photographer for The Boston Globe. She has been on staff since November 1990 and covers news, features, and sports. After interning on a community edition of the Los Angeles Times, she designed, edited, reported, and photographed for a faith-based newsletter in Southern California. She moved to the staffs of the Merced Sun-Star and the Oakland Tribune, in central and northern California. She is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a degree in Journalism.
Lissandra Villa Huerta is a national politics reporter at The Boston Globe. She previously worked at BuzzFeed News and TIME magazine, covering politics in Washington and across the country. Originally from Mexico, she immigrated to the United States with her family as a child. She grew up in Iowa, where she was exposed to presidential candidates traveling through her hometown — the reason she first became interested in politics.
Annalisa Quinn is an editor for The Boston Globe's weekly magazine. Before joining the Globe, she was based in Germany on a National Geographic COVID-19 reporting fellowship and an Arthur F. Burns fellowship. Prior to that, she wrote about arts and culture across the United States and Europe for the New York Times and Financial Times, and was a book critic for NPR.
Erin Clark is an award-winning photojournalist and a Pulitzer Prize finalist who has been with the Globe since 2018. She has covered the 2020 presidential race, a family fighting for stable housing, educational inequalities in Boston Public Schools, and the coronavirus pandemic, among other stories around the country.
Julian Benbow is a general assignment reporter for the Sports section. He came to the Globe in 2006 and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mark Shanahan is a Living/Arts reporter who's been at The Boston Globe since 2003. Before that, he worked at the Portland Press Herald, where he covered City Hall and wrote features. He grew up in Western Mass., where his father was the editor of The Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Craig F. Walker is a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Prior to joining the Globe in 2015, he worked at the Denver Post (Colo.) for 17 years as well as the Berkshire Eagle (Mass.) and The Marlboro Enterprise (Mass.). Walker has twice won the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography.
Hanna Krueger is an investigative reporter for The Boston Globe on the paper's quick strike team. Previously, she was a features reporter on the Globe's Express Desk. Before joining the Globe in 2019, she reported on criminal justice and culture for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La., and was a production assistant for NBC News on the Washington, D.C., desk. Krueger grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English Literature and a laundry list of sports injuries.
A contributor to award-winning Globe projects including “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope,” based on a year of reporting in a Boston neighborhood, Jenna Russell is a coauthor of two Globe books: “Last Lion,” a biography of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and “Long Mile Home,” about the Boston Marathon bombing. As a member of the Spotlight investigative team, she helped expose failures of the state’s mental health care system, work that was recognized as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017.
Jessica Rinaldi is a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. In 2016 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for “The Life and Times of Strider Wolf” and was also named a Pulitzer Finalist in the same category. Prior to joining The Boston Globe, she spent 10 years as a contract photographer for Reuters based in Boston, Dallas, and New York City. She has a B.S. in journalism from Boston University.
Note: Routes are approximate.
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- Reporters: Julian Benbow, Diti Kohli, Hanna Krueger, Emma Platoff, Annalisa Quinn, Jenna Russell, Mark Shanahan, Lissandra Villa Huerta
- Photographers: Erin Clark, Pat Greenhouse, Jessica Rinaldi, and Craig F. Walker
- Editor: Francis Storrs
- Managing editor: Stacey Myers
- Photo editors: William Greene and Leanne Burden Seidel
- Video editor: Anush Elbakyan
- Digital editor: Christina Prignano
- Design: Ryan Huddle
- Development: John Hancock
- Copy editors: Carrie Simonelli, Michael Bailey, Marie Piard, and Ashlee Korlach
- Homepage strategy: Leah Becerra
- Audience engagement: Lauren Booker, Heather Ciras, Sadie Layher, Maddie Mortell, and Devin Smith
- Newsletter: LaDonna LaGuerre
- Quality assurance: Nalini Dokula
- Additional research: Chelsea Henderson and Jeremiah Manion
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