Stephanie Leydon, WGBH

Stephanie Leydon


Massachusetts, United States

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Past articles by Stephanie:

Navigating home: How the pandemic led a Cape Cod native to leave her New York dreams behind

Kelly O’Connell went to New York for college and never saw herself leaving the city. But the pandemic made her rethink everything in her life. She left her apartment and career behind to start over back home. → Read More

He made it to Broadway. Now a dancer’s back in school to help his industry rebuild.

Garen Scribner, who has performed on stages across the world, is preparing for a new role. During the pandemic, the dance career he had worked toward since childhood, essentially, stopped existing — at least in its previous form. → Read More

What Is It Like To Spend Your Last Year Of High School At Home? Tiring

As winter approaches, remote education has become routine. But high school seniors say that doesn’t make it any easier. → Read More

Hundreds Of Brookline Teachers Face Layoffs Amid COVID-19 Economic Downturn

Brookline schools face a $6.3 million shortfall. → Read More

Even During A Pandemic, Some Demand A Traditional High School Graduation

Students and parents in at least 15 Massachusetts communities have launched change-dot-org petitions demanding delayed, in-person graduation ceremonies. And across the country, the website reports that more than a half million people have signed similar petitions. → Read More

Farm To Your Table: How Farmers Are Adapting As The Food Landscape Shifts

Demand is up for all kinds of food delivery services, but it may be a life-saver for local farmers. → Read More

How Much Do Homemade Face Masks Really Protect Against COVID-19?

Handmade face masks are flooding social media feeds and making their way to health care facilities. But how effective are they really? → Read More

Coronavirus Surprised The World, But Doctors Have Been Sounding The Alarm On Another Global Health Threat For Years

Existing antibiotics no longer work against some so-called 'superbugs' that kill thousands of people each year. The problem isn't developing new antibiotics, it's making them profitable. → Read More

Swampscott Police Make Back-To-Back Water Rescues As Beach Season Begins

Summer’s barely begun and already police in the town of Swampscott have made seven water rescues. → Read More

As Teen Vaping Explodes, An Old Fight Against Big Tobacco Is Back On

Public health advocates say vape companies are using the same strategies as tobacco companies once did to get kids hooked on their product. And they believe an old strategy to get kids to quit will work again. → Read More

At 'Happy Place,' The Focus Is Always On Instagram

Kim Kardashian would be right at home in a new pop up place in Boston’s Back Bay. It’s a kind of playground for aspiring social media stars. → Read More

What's It Worth To Move To Western Mass.? Maybe $10,000

Sen. Eric Lesser has filed a bill that would provide $10,000 in relocation expenses to families who relocate from the Boston area to western Massachusetts. → Read More

Fewer Spaces, More Parking? A Trend's Afoot In Downtown Boston

One thing that hasn’t kept pace with the explosive growth in downtown Boston is the number of parking spaces. → Read More

An Uncertain Return: Furloughed Workers Hope To Stay On The Job

Federal workers returned to work Monday amid the promise of back pay and, in many cases, a back log of work. → Read More

A Little Vegas In Boston: A New Casino Raises Hope (And Eyebrows)

The Boston area’s first casino is nearly complete. It’s also hard to miss. → Read More

A Chance To Make Marijuana Convictions Disappear

Massachusetts is joining a growing number of states that allow minor convictions to be expunged from criminal records. → Read More

Same-Sex Parents Hope New Form Will End A Legal Limbo

Massachusetts is among the first states to allow gay couples to claim parental rights even when they’re not married, but a lag-time between a court ruling and a paperwork update has left some families in legal limbo. → Read More

Will Cursive Writing Survive?

The importance of a legible and consistent signature was brought into sharp relief in the aftermath of the midterm elections. But many schools are cutting back on teaching cursive writing. → Read More

Taking Aim: Wayland Resident Seeks Local Shooting Restrictions

From the bar in California, to the synagogue in Pittsburgh, to the school in Parkland, Florida - mass shootings have sparked widespread political debate. And, here in Massachusetts it’s filtered down to the most local form of government: town meeting. Wayland residents will decide a measure that would tightly restrict gun use. → Read More

Why Don't All Football Players Develop CTE? It May Be Genetics

Boston University researchers have discovered in severe cases of CTE, there's a common genetic variation. → Read More