Mark Shanahan has been a Living/Arts reporter at The Boston Globe since 2003. For several years, he wrote about celebrity culture in Boston and beyond, attending movie premieres, awards ceremonies, book launches, film festivals, and the soirees attendant to World Series and Super Bowls. (He says Super Bowl parties are better.) These days, Shanahan writes features about music, movies, books, podcasts, politics, and sports and is frequently tapped to profile personalities in the news, including Joe Rogan, actress Ayo Edebiri, Tom Brady, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In 2020, Shanahan created a six-episode podcast about his experience with prostate cancer – spoiler alert: he lives!– titled “Mr. 80 Percent.” Before coming to the Globe, Shanahan was a City Hall reporter and features writer at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, where he spent several weeks retracing Henry David Thoreau’s route through the Maine woods on the 150th anniversary of Thoreau’s book, “The Maine Woods.” (It involved a lot of paddling and bug spray.) Shanahan grew up in western Mass. and attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He’s married with two wonderful kids, Julia and Beckett.