Janelle Nanos is a writer, editor, and journalism professor in Boston. She was raised on Long Island, New York, but thankfully does not have an accent. She attended Boston College and earned her master’s degree in journalism from New York University, where she helped launch the Livewire news service and was awarded a Knight Foundation Fellowship for her outstanding reporting. She is currently a business reporter at the Boston Globe covering technology, ideas, innovation, and startups. She also teaches a course in magazine writing at Boston College. In 2014, she was named a fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
At the outset of her career, Nanos worked as a reporter at New York Magazine, where she covered a litany of subjects, among them: Wall Street floor brokers, nanny surveillance techniques, exploding manhole covers, 9/11 conspiracy theories, cancer survivors, senior citizen karaoke, dog-leash law wars, eldercare services, cold case detectives, presidential politics and celebrity gossip. She was regular contributor to the magazine’s “Intelligencer” news and “Strategist” service sections, as well as special issues on Travel, Best of New York, Best Doctors and the Wedding Guides.
She then moved to Washington D.C. to take the role of Assistant Editor for Special Projects at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she contributed editing and writing to both the magazine and website, and ran the Intelligent Travel blog. Under her guidance, the blog was awarded the best consumer travel blog award from Lonely Planet and was named best travel blog from the North American Travel Journalists Association. While at National Geographic, she also co-chaired an internal think tank that aimed to promote the Society to Gen-Y readers and worked closely with colleagues throughout the society to develop social media strategies and other opportunities to reach new audiences.
In spring of 2011, she returned to Boston, where she edited and wrote feature stories for Boston Magazine, covering subjects as varied as the Elizabeth Warren Senate campaign, the investigation into Aaron Swartz’s suicide, and the trafficking of handguns among inner-city women (she also reported an oral history of the film Good Will Hunting). In 2014, she helped conceive and edit the magazine’s Power of Ideas issue that celebrated thought leadership in Boston, and wrote a column in that vein that appeared in subsequent issues.
Nanos joined the staff of the Boston Globe in October of 2014. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsday, Slate, Marie Claire, The Village Voice, Forbes.com, and Mother Jones, among other publications. Among her varied interests are higher education, public policy, health care, technology, travel, design, food, and politics. She also continues to write regularly for national publications and contributes travel coverage to various publications on a regular basis.
Nanos lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts with her husband, son, and her dog, Winston.
[Photo: Speaking with the Fantastic Soulernaires for a New York Times article on the Gospel in Harlem USA festival. By Piotr Redlinski]