Marcella Bombardieri is an associate director of Postsecondary Education at American Progress. Her background is in education journalism and investigative reporting. She was most recently the education editor at Politico. During her long career at The Boston Globe, she spent five years covering higher education and five years as an investigative reporter on the Spotlight team, where she worked on projects ranging from health care finance to corruption in state government. For a series on judges’ leniency toward drunk drivers, she shared a George Polk Award for legal reporting. Bombardieri also covered the 2008 presidential campaign, was a metro reporter, and did reporting stints in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a Boston native and a graduate of Brown University.