An award-winning reporter with The Boston Globe and an adjunct professor at Harvard University Extension School, David Abel has traveled throughout the world covering everything from dissident movements in Cuba to war in the former Yugoslavia. 

In 2012, he was selected to spend an academic year as a Nieman fellow at Harvard. As part of his studies, he made a film about one unique runner of the Boston Marathon and was waiting for her on the finish line when the bombs exploded a few steps away. His video of the attacks was broadcast around the world and he wrote the eyewitness account of the bombings for the Globe. He has played a key role in the paper's coverage of the aftermath of the attacks and his documentary, "25.7: In Twice the Steps," was acquired for broadcast by Participant Media

When Abel first moved to Boston in 1999, he covered academia in the region, writing stories about topics such as Cornel West's messy departure from Harvard and Kurt Vonnegut's taxing year at Smith College. He covered the deadlocked presidential election in 2000 from Florida and the Sept. 11 attacks from New York. Later, he launched a new beat at the Globe covering poverty issues, writing about the homeless who refuse to stay in shelters on the coldest nights, the mentally ill evicted from their apartments without due process, and immigrants swindled by sham law firms. He spent a year as co-editor of the Globe's old City Weekly section, which covered the characters and issues that color Boston. Over the years, he has moonlighted as a travel writer with narratives from the glaciers of Iceland to the deserts of Namibia. He now covers environmental issues, the fallout of the Marathon bombings, and a range of other stories.


Before moving to New England, Abel spent a year in Washington, D.C., where he wrote for the Globe and other papers, including a weekly journal covering the military. During that time, he traveled to the former Yugoslavia to cover the war in Kosovo and to Venezuela to document the rise of Hugo Chavez.


Previously, Abel lived in Cuba, where he worked as a stringer for more than a dozen papers, including the Globe, Miami Herald, Newsday, and San Francisco Chronicle. Abel was deported on Christmas Eve in 1998, after rankling authorities with unflattering stories.

Before moving to Cuba, Abel spent a year covering the police beat and occasionally reviewing classical music for The Palm Beach Post. He moved to Florida after a brief stint running a pepper farm in the rural highlands of the Dominican Republic, but that's a long story.

Abel's career started in Mexico City, where he wrote for an expatriate newspaper covering the nation's social movements and economic woes. Before that, he spent a year in San Francisco, writing poetry, fiction, and articles for the Haight Ashbury Free Press.

Born and raised in New York, Abel studied political science and philosophy at the University of Michigan and has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Email: dabel@globe.com 

Twitter: @davabel