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Sara Rimer

Sara Rimer, Senior Writer and Director, Research Communications at Boston UniversitySenior Writer


Sara Rimer is a distinguished journalist who spent 26 years as a reporter at the New York Times, where she wrote about education, the death penalty, immigration, and aging in America, and covered New England as the Boston bureau chief. The Times nominated her four times for the Pulitzer Prize. Her coverage of the death penalty was cited by the Supreme Court in its landmark 2002 ruling outlawing the execution of developmentally disabled individuals. Her series on New York City’s all-Dominican George Washington High School baseball team introduced readers to a shy 18-year-old slugger named Manny Ramirez. She won Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Meyer Berger Award and more than a dozen New York Times Publisher’s Awards. She was part of a team of Times reporters who won the George Polk Award for their series on downsizing in America. At the Washington Post, where she worked before joining the Times, she won the Education Writers Association First Prize National Reporting Award. She began her career in journalism in the Naples, Florida, bureau of the Miami Herald. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in American Studies.