Matt's Open Road


    Code Trip


    Boston, MA


Research Scientist
MIT Media Lab

“This is a great time to take a risk. This is the time to move to another city, to do something exciting, to get together with a friend and start a company. Go start something new.”


Journalism Technology


Dedication Exploration Opportunity Risk Transitions Courage Passion Failure Support & Encouragement Chance Hard Work Doubt Fear Hobbies & Pastimes Confidence Fulfillment Conflict Culture Family Struggle


Being Creative


asking for help, challenge, change, coding, combining interests, excitement, giving back, impostor syndrome, intimidating, journalism, learning, learning experiences, media, medical school, news, positivity, stories, students, trying new things, writing


  • When he was a kid, he loved reading the comics and sports sections of the newspapers, then he slowly worked his way back to the stories on the front page.
  • He started noticing that between different papers and different stories, there were elements that could make or break a piece; became fascinated with the craft of journalism.
  • When he was in middle school, he and his friends started a science fiction journal; then, when he was in high school, he took journalism classes.
  • He decided to briefly drop out of college to start his own newspaper; it ultimately failed, but he learned about every step in the process of founding and developing a paper.
  • Somewhere along the way, he realized that data could make a real difference within journalism; he started learning about coding to focus on the data.
  • Spent 26 years working at the Boston Globe as a journalist, specializing in database-related stories.
  • Even though he had a comfortable job, he saw the opening in the MIT Media Lab and realized it was a huge opportunity to influence journalism and give back in a new way.
  • When he made the transition to MIT, he was intimidated by the code-heavy environment; says he settled in by finding his confidence and asking the right questions.

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