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Dan McGowan



Dan McGowan is a Rhode Island-based columnist for the Boston Globe. He authors Globe Rhode Island’s widely read daily newsletter, Rhode Map, and moderates in-person panels, discussions, and events for the Globe as part of “Rhode Map Live.” He also leads and curates “Dan McGowan’s Scoop on Providence Politics,” a popular Facebook community with more than 7,400 members. His award-winning columns offer insights and analysis of Rhode Island politics, education, and economic development (and, occasionally, parenthood and sports). He joined the Globe in 2019 after spending six years with WPRI-TV, where he covered Providence City Hall and schools. He has won numerous awards from the Rhode Island Press Association, and was part of a team that won a New England Emmy award for its investigation into a powerful Democratic state lawmaker who lied about where he was living. He also won an Associated Press award for “best hard news feature” for a report on questionable spending of taxpayer dollars by members of the Providence City Council. He got his start in journalism as the news editor at GoLocalProv, and has written freelance stories for Politico, Providence Monthly, and The Providence Phoenix. Dan lives in Providence and is a frequent guest on Rhode Island PBS’ political roundtable show “Lively Experiment,” news/talk radio station WPRO, and other Rhode Island media outlets. He is a board member for Access/RI, a nonprofit that advocates for improving citizen access to government records. In his spare time, he coaches youth baseball.