The NY Times has hired Jan Ransom of The Boston Globe. She will join the Metro section as a general assignment reporter starting on October 2.
Jan is a NYC native. She grew up in East Elmhurst, went to Brooklyn College (although she graduated from Howard University) and has worked at The Daily News.
She joined The Globe in 2015, and has covered the police department and criminal justice issues there. Less than a month into the job, Jan asked to cover the unrest in Baltimore following the police-involved death of Freddie Gray. In Boston, she provided extensive coverage of the Boston police body-camera pilot program, and obstacles the agency faced from its unions in trying to implement progressive policing policies. She also wrote about the department’s backlog of internal affairs complaints, and the toll of police overtime on officers and the city’s coffers.
Jan started at The Philadelphia Daily News in 2010 as an intern, and was hired by the paper after the end of the internship. There, too, she was assigned to cover crime and the Philadelphia police department. Her stories included a piece about the difficulty citizens faced in trying to file complaints against police, and another on the heavy-handed tactics officers used against residents who videotaped arrests. She later moved to City Hall.
At The New York Daily News, which she joined in October 2013, she covered upper Manhattan neighborhoods. Her stories focused on housing, policing and politics.