Kirk Carapezza, WGBH

Kirk Carapezza


Boston, MA, United States

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Past articles by Kirk:

Lawmakers, advocates urge Baker to expand subsidized health care plan in Massachusetts

If approved, the budget provision would be the largest healthcare expansion in years. → Read More

Opioid overdose deaths reach new high in Massachusetts in 2021

The 9% increase over 2020 lags behind national trends. → Read More

Williams College becomes nation's first to eliminate loans and work requirements from student aid

Will other selective colleges follow the western Mass. school in eliminating the need to work for financial aid? → Read More

At UMass Boston, racial tensions rise during search for new dean

A white professor’s criticism of a new Black dean being selected to lead a search has generated heated exchanges → Read More


Demand for college peer counselors is booming. But training only goes so far

In a new survey, nearly half of college students said the pandemic has made them more likely to seek out peer counseling. But peer counselors aren't always prepared to deal with crisis situations. → Read More

Medical schools see record enrollment increase among Black students

Tufts Medical School has nearly tripled the number of its first-year students who identify as Black or African American. → Read More

Tufts, Bates, Others Awarded $500 Million To Enroll More Low-Income, Undocumented Students

The $50 million going to Bates is one of the largest gifts for student scholarships ever made to a college in Maine. → Read More


No College, No Problem. Some Employers Drop Degree Requirements To Diversify Staffs

More employers are focusing on skills rather than credentials, creating an opportunity for job candidates without college degrees to land positions. → Read More

Prodded by Racial Reckoning, Colleges Aim To Increase Minority Contracting. Will They Succeed?

Despite their pledges to address racial inequality, colleges in Massachusetts spend a minuscule amount with businesses owned by people of color. → Read More

Federal Court To Hear Appeal In Harvard Admissions Case

The stakes for college admissions are broader than Harvard in the federal case pending in Boston. → Read More

Want To Return To Campus? Please Sign On The Dotted Line

Campuses still planning to reopen require students to sign either letters acknowledging risk or waivers, changing the relationship between students and institutions → Read More

With Students Set To Return, Colleges Scramble To Provide Free COVID Tests

Preliminary testing plans on campus are raising all kinds of questions about availability, affordability and ethics. → Read More

Colleges Brace For Steep Drop In International Enrollment This Fall

Nearly 90 percent of colleges expect international enrollment to decrease next semester due to the pandemic. → Read More

How The Pandemic Is Harming College Students' Mental Health

A national survey has found that a vast majority of college students say the pandemic has increased their stress, frustration and anxiety. → Read More

Without College Commencement Gatherings, Local Economies In Mass. Lose Out

The pandemic has forced the class of 2020 to miss out on crossing the stage, receiving their diplomas and flipping their tassels. In Massachusetts, that means a hit for local economies. → Read More

As Deposit Day Looms, COVID-19 Reshapes Students’ 2020 College Choices

One in four high school seniors say they believe the pandemic may force them to change their college choice. → Read More

How The Pandemic Is Disrupting Admissions For Students And Colleges

The coronavirus pandemic is upending most things in our lives, including already stressful decisions about where to go to college. → Read More

'Organized Chaos': Many Mass. Colleges Unprepared For Transition To Online Teaching

The shift exposes the challenges of teaching some subjects online, as well as existing inequities between local colleges. → Read More

UMass, Other Local Colleges Move Online In Response To Outbreak

Colleges are shifting their teaching online, hoping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak → Read More

The Latest True Crime Case Hitting TV And Movies? The College Admissions Scandal

The Varsity Blues case quickly seeped into American pop culture. → Read More