Derek Anderson

2012 PRINT JOURNALISM

  • hometown

    Waltham, MA

  • lives in

    Waltham, MA

  • current position

    Metro Correspondent
    The Boston Globe


Why did you decide to attend Suffolk?

"I actually started out at another Boston college for freshman year. Some financial situations came up, and I had to transfer. Suffolk was still taking applications; it was still local, still nearby. It was great. I actually think I flourished a lot more at Suffolk."

How did Suffolk help?

"I was very involved in the Suffolk Journal, the student newspaper. It really drove me. I’ve always known I wanted to write, I just didn’t know what to do. At the Journal, I did reporting and editing and everything like that. It was a really good way to find out exactly what I wanted. The journalism department—and the communications department in general—were fantastic. I am a hands-on learner, so it worked well for me."

What do you like most about your current role?

"You never know what your day is going to be like. It’s never a mundane 9-to-5 where you’re going to sit in a cubicle. One night nothing happens, the next night there could be a triple homicide that shakes the entire city."

What are your goals for the future?

"I really enjoy writing longer-form pieces, features, really digging deep into a subject. With the industry the way it is, you can’t really tell what’s going to happen. I don’t think print is going away, but it is evolving. I’m just excited to take the ride and see where it brings me."


Get to know the

Journalism

department, where things really came together for Derek.