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Questions Persist After Boston Globe's Holyoke Soldiers' Home Investigation

Holyoke Soldiers' Home
Holyoke Soldiers' Home

For more than a year, WAMC has been covering the devastating COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. Eventually, 76 residents — including many men who fought in World War II — died of the virus. As subsequent investigations found, that was likely exacerbated by a series of poor decisions and understaffing.

A new investigation by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight teamfinds the problems went much deeper: from how the politically-connected superintendent got his job running the facility to how second-term Republican Governor Charlie Baker shielded himself from blame. One of the reporters on the story was Rebecca Ostriker.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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