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Articles by Shan Wang

Shan Wang is a staff writer at the Lab. She previously worked in editorial at Harvard University Press, and has reported for Boston.com and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. One of the first news stories she ever wrote was about Muggle Quidditch for The Harvard Crimson. She was born in Shanghai, grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is a Ray Allen devotee.
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