Boston Globe’s Valencia to be honored for Excellence in Legal Journalism

Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017
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The Massachusetts Bar Association will present Boston Globe courts reporter Milton J. Valencia with the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award at the April 27 Excellence in the Law event, presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The MBA-sponsored award is bestowed annually on reporters whose coverage of the legal system in Massachusetts best reflects the commitment to truth and justice shared by both the bar and the press.

"The critical work of our courts only exists for many through the words of reporters, and there are few who are better at demystifying our criminal justice system than Milton Valencia, who has probably spent more time in a courtroom than most lawyers," said MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy. "Whether covering major federal prosecutions, emerging issues in our state courts or our immigration system, Milton has illuminated some of the most widely followed legal stories in recent years through his knowledgeable, unbiased and clear reporting for the Globe. The MBA is proud to recognize Milton for excellence in his profession."

A Boston Globe reporter since 2007, Valencia has been at the federal court beat since 2011, where he has covered some of the state's most high-profile cases, including the trials of former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, James "Whitey" Bulger and the death-penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He has observed live oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, and the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston. He has also worked on some of the most concerning legal and criminal justice issues affecting our state.

Valencia was part of the Globe staff team that won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the Marathon bombing. He also co-authored a three-part series on the secrecy of the immigration system that was named a finalist for national awards given by the Investigative Reporters & Editors and Harvard's Nieman Foundation.

Before covering the courts, Milton was a general assignment reporter for the Globe. He also worked for the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, the Herald-News in Fall River, and The Times of Pawtucket, R.I., where he first ventured into covering the courts in the trial of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci. A native of Fall River, Valencia attended the University of Massachusetts system. He now lives in Canton.

The annual Excellence in the Law event, which will be held at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, will also feature award presentations in the following areas: Up & Coming Lawyers, Excellence in Pro Bono, Paralegal, Marketing and Firm Administration. For more information on Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Excellence in the Law event, visit masslawyersweekly.com/excellence-in-the-law.