Ellen Clegg

Neuffer Fellowship Steering Committee

Ellen Clegg was previously the Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe. Since she retired from The Globe, Clegg is working on a book with journalism professor Dan Kennedy on the future of local news.

Clegg joined the opinion pages in 2014 after a 30-year career as a senior editor in the newsroom and a three-year stint in science communications at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Reporting to Publisher John Henry, she led the 14-person Editorial Board in determining The Globe’s editorial positions. She also oversaw the Op-Ed pages and the Sunday Ideas section.

During her tenure as Editorial Page Editor, writers on her staff won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing and the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Clegg spent three decades in The Globe’s newsroom, where she held numerous editing positions, including deputy managing editor for news operations and deputy managing editor for The Boston Sunday Globe. She worked with Elizabeth Neuffer and was her editor in The Globe’s newsroom, when Neuffer was covering breaking local news and federal courts, and became more deeply involved in the Fellowship when she served as president of The Boston Globe Foundation in 2012.

Clegg is the author of ChemoBrain: How Cancer Therapies Can Affect Your Mind (Prometheus Books, 2009), which was recognized as the consumer health book of the year by the American Journal of Nursing, and co-author with neuroscientist Kenneth Kosik, M.D., of The Alzheimer’s Solution: How Today’s Care Is Failing Millions (Prometheus Books, 2010).

Ellen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a MSc in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.