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US Attorney Carmen Ortiz Named the Boston Globe Magazine's “Bostonian of the Year”

Friday, December 30, 2011

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz Named the Boston Globe Magazine's “Bostonian of the Year”08:30 EST Friday, December 30, 2011 BOSTON (Business Wire) -- The Boston Globe Magazine announced today that it has selected US Attorney Carmen Ortiz as “Bostonian of the Year” for 2011. She will be featured in a special edition of The Sunday Globe magazine on January 1, and online at www.bostonglobe.com/magazine and boston.com. The magazine will also include profiles of several other Bostonians notable for their achievements in 2011. Ms. Ortiz most recently made international headlines as the lead prosecutor in the infamous case of crime boss Whitey Bulger and his long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig, who will likely stand trial next year. The Globe Magazine calls Ms. Ortiz “the fighter,” in recognition of her long history of prosecuting political corruption cases – dating all the way back to her summer job in 1980 when she interned at the US Department of Justice's public integrity unit, working alongside future attorney general Eric Holder. Since her nomination to the US Attorney post in Boston in November 2009, Ortiz has continued her fight against corrupt political leaders – high-profile investigations that began under her predecessor resulted in trials and convictions under her watch. Former House speaker Salvatore DiMasi, former state senator Dianne Wilkerson and former Boston city councilor Chuck Turner are all now serving time in federal prison. “We are excited to honor a woman who has faced, and cleared, many hurdles – she is Boston's first female and first Hispanic US attorney – as Bostonian of the Year,” said Susanne Althoff, editor of The Boston Globe Magazine. “Ms. Ortiz' successful prosecutions of corruption cases have had an indelible impact on the Massachusetts political landscape.” However, Ms. Ortiz' reign is not without challenges. Magazine staff writer Scott Helman, in a profile, points out criticism from former federal prosecutors and judges, and those cases which have not resulted in convictions. The profile illustrates Ms. Ortiz' humble upbringing as the child of immigrant parents in New York, how she made her way to a successful law career, and the many tragedies she has faced in her personal life. This is the eighth year that the Globe Magazine has selected a “Bostonian of the Year.” Previous winners include Senator Scott Brown, former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein and Big Dig whistleblower Edward Ginsburg. The Bostonian of the Year is selected by the editors of The Boston Globe Magazine, with input from Globe readers who are encouraged to email their suggestions each year to bostonian@globe.com. About The Boston Globe The Boston Globe and Boston.com are wholly owned by The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading media company with 2010 revenues of $2.4 billion, which includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers and more than 50 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com and About.com. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment. The Boston GlobeDiane McNulty, 917-863-0750diane.mcnulty@globe.com