Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University and was a reporter for the Boston Globe for almost two decades. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism in 1997, and his prolific work has earned him many other awards and honors, including a John S. Knight journalism fellowship, the Scripps Howard Public Service Award, and the Associated Press's Managing Editors Public Service Award. He is the co-author of Edgar Award-nominated Judgment Ridge: the True Story of the Dartmouth Murders and The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family. He also co-authored Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal, for which he did extensive research on James "Whitey" Bulger and was interviewed extensively after Bulger's 2011 capture. His latest book, The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide, was published in 2010.