Reporters Reflect on the Marathon Bombings

by Society of Professional Journalists New England Pro Chapter

Boston, MA: Five years ago two bombs went off on the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A manhunt ensued and the city was on lockdown until one of the bombers was dead and the other was placed into custody.

Four lives were lost and the city was changed forever.

Please join us as veteran journalists share their experiences with the marathon and/or related items spanning from that day and the resilience of a city that popularized the term Boston Strong.

Panelists and moderator include:

David Abel ( is an award-winning reporter with The Boston Globe, a documentary filmmaker, and a professor of journalism. Abel and his colleagues at the Globe won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dave Wedge is an author and writer based in Boston. He writes for VICE and was an investigative journalist for the Boston Herald for 14 years. His book, “Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy,” written with New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman, was adapted into the film “Patriots Day,” starring Mark Wahlberg.

Susan Zalkind is an independent journalist and writer based in Boston. She covers courts and crime, breaks news and writes investigative features. Zalkind has written about the triple homicide in Waltham and FBI shooting in Florida involving people tied to the Tsarnaev brothers. She also covered the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and has written for Boston Magazine and The Daily Beast.

Ken Martin is a Boston based photojournalist and a long-time photojournalism teacher at Suffolk University. Martin with his students took photos at the explosion site as well as during the aftermath of the tragedy.

Jordan Frias is president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the moderator for this event

This event is part of the Suffolk University Sawyer Library Speakers Series, the Communication & Journalism Department and the New England Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Light refreshments will be served. 

Mildred F Sawyer Library Poetry Center @ Suffolk University

73 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02108