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The Globe's Spotlight Team consists of six reporters and other staffers who join the team from time to time for special projects. Below are a number of ways that you can reach us.


Spotlight tip line: 617-929-7483

We check this tip line regularly. Those callers with a promising tip will receive a call back from a Spotlight reporter. You can also contact these representatives of Spotlight:

Patricia Wen, Spotlight Editor
Phone: 617-929-7843

Sacha Pfeiffer, Reporter
Phone: 617-929-2984

Todd Wallack, Reporter
Phone: 617-929-2069



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1 Exchange Place, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02109-2132

Other Options


Some reporters use a simple, free app called Signal to exchange encrypted text messages, video, photos and calls. The app is available for both iPhone and Android phones. More information about Signal is available here.

For the Spotlight team's Signal number, you can reach reporter Todd Wallack at 617-291-8123

Reaching other reporters

If you want to direct a tip to a specific reporter outside the Globe's Spotlight team, please go to our staff page.