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Alex Beam (born 1954 ) is an Americanmarker writer and journalist, currently a columnist for The Boston Globe.

Beam grew up in Washington, D.C.marker, as his father Jacob D. Beam was a diplomat. Beam attended Phillips Exeter Academymarker, where he was Foreign Correspondent for the twice-weekly school newspaper, The Exonian, and graduated from Yale Universitymarker in 1975. He helped establish a small weekly newspaper in Ludlow, Vermont, The Black River Tribune.

Beam worked at Newsweek and BusinessWeek, where his tenure included Bostonmarker and Moscowmarker bureau chief, before joining the Boston Globe. His twice-weekly column for the Globe has appeared since 1987. He was a John Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford Universitymarker in 1996-1997.

In addition to his journalistic work, Beam is the author of two novels set in Russiamarker, Fellow Travelers (1987) and The Americans Are Coming! (1991), both published by St. Martin's Press. He has also published two works of non-fiction. Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America's Premier Mental Hospital, which explored the history of McLean Hospital, was published in January 2002. His second non-fiction book about the Great Books movement, A Great Idea at the Time: the Rise, Fall and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books, was published in 2008. Both books were named Notable Books in the annual list compiled by the New York Times Book Review.

Beam once wrote a weekly blog about squash, the sport, at vanityfair.com

His son Christopher Beam is currently a political blogger for Slate.

References

  1. Staff report (July 2000). Who's Who. Stanford Magazine
  2. Birnbaum, Robert. "Interview: Alex Beam." Identitytheory.com. URL accessed March 12 2007.
  3. Boston Globe Article (September 6, 2008). School Wasn't Prepped for this Scandal.Boston Globe
  4. Cohn, Bob (September 1997). Digging into the Past. Stanford Magazine
  5. Staff report (February 2002). In Print. Yale Alumni Magazine
  6. PBS American Experience Forum Participants. PBS. URL accessed March 12 2007.


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