Alexa Gagosz is a Rhode Island-based reporter for the Boston Globe, focusing on coverage of business, homelessness, housing, the healthcare industry, and the hospitality industry. She writes the weekly “Innovators Q&A” column about cutting-edge ideas and entrepreneurs in the Ocean State, as well as the weekly “Rhode Island Food & Dining” newsletter, curates the online Rhode Island Food & Dining section, and served as a judge for the 2023 James Beard Awards. She has won numerous awards from the Rhode Island Press Association for her coverage of the state’s housing and homelessness crisis, the attempted Lifespan Corp.-Care New England healthcare systems merger, Block Island’s tourism industry, as well as business, feature, and investigative reporting. For her coverage of the business of food, Alexa won the 2023 Hospitality Ambassador of the Year award from the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, and her coverage of housing and homelessness earned her the 2023 “Housing Elevation Award” by the Housing Network of Rhode Island, as well as special Congressional recognitions by each member of the Rhode Island delegation. Her story, “How a hard-working, middle-class family spiraled into homelessness,” led to a new state law that made it illegal for property owners to charge rental application fees. The written piece, alongside images by Globe staff photographer Suzanne Kreiter, also earned an Eppy Award and accolades from the Society for News Design, the Boston Press Photographers Association, and the R.I. Coalition to End Homelessness.
Prior to joining the Globe in 2021, she was an enterprise reporter for the Providence Business News, where she reported on COVID-19, the business of healthcare, state government, and the hospitality industry. In 2021, she won first place for best Health Care Reporting from the New England Newspaper & Press Association for her in-depth look at the challenges facing nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Providence Business News, and a Silver Award for best business coverage from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. In 2020, Alexa was awarded the Paul E. Hirshson Byline award, named for a longtime Globe editor and reporter, for professional ethics. Previously, she worked as a contributing reporter for El Mundo Boston and the Bay State Banner. She is also the former editor in chief of The Suffolk Journal. Alexa earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Suffolk University, and her master's in media innovation from Northeastern University.