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Deborah Halber

Deborah Halber


Deborah Halber started out as a daily newspaper reporter, then turned to the dark side to do public relations. She worked as a writer and editor for Tufts and as a science writer for MIT, where she chronicled everything from quantum weirdness (that’s the technical term) to snail slime. A freelance journalist since 2004, her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, MIT Technology Review, Boston Magazine, the graphic news magazine Symbolia, Inked, and many university publications.

Her narrative nonfiction book, The Skeleton Crew: How amateur sleuths are solving America’s coldest cases, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014.

A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Mystery Writers of America, the National Association of Science Writers, and PEN America, she lives near Boston in a house with a lot of former pets buried out back.

Deborah’s stories

  • 192 days as John Doe

    For decades, unidentified bodies have been consigned to the back rooms of morgues and all but forgotten. Now a handful of campaigners are on a quest to find out who they are and where they come from. Deborah Halber reports.