Jack Sullivan

Senior Investigative Reporter, CommonWealth

About Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan is a veteran of the Boston newspaper scene for nearly three decades. Prior to joining CommonWealth, he was editorial page editor of The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, a part of the GateHouse Media chain. Prior to that he was news editor at another GateHouse paper, The Enterprise of Brockton, and also was city edition editor at the Ledger. Jack was an investigative and enterprise reporter and executive city editor at the Boston Herald and a reporter at The Boston Globe.

He has reported stories such as the federal investigation into the Teamsters, the workings of the Yawkey Trust and sale of the Red Sox, organized crime, the church sex abuse scandal and the September 11 terrorist attacks. He has covered the State House, state and local politics, K-16 education, courts, crime, and general assignment.

Jack received the New England Press Association award for investigative reporting for a series on unused properties owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and shared the association's award for business for his reporting on the sale of the Boston Red Sox. As the Ledger editorial page editor, he won second place in 2007 for editorial writing from the Inland Press Association, the nation's oldest national journalism association of nearly 900 newspapers as members.

At CommonWealth, Jack and editor Bruce Mohl won first place for In-Depth Reporting from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors for a look at special education funding in Massachusetts. The same organization also awarded first place to a unique collaboration between WFXT-TV (FOX25) and CommonWealth for a series of stories on the Boston Redevelopment Authority and city employees getting affordable housing units, written by Jack and Bruce.

A Boston native, Jack has lived in Massachusetts all his life. He was a major in English and history with a minor in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A father and grandfather, he lives in Plymouth with his wife, Susan.

About Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan is a veteran of the Boston newspaper scene for nearly three decades. Prior to joining CommonWealth, he was editorial page editor of The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, a part of the GateHouse Media chain. Prior to that he was news editor at another GateHouse paper, The Enterprise of Brockton, and also was city edition editor at the Ledger. Jack was an investigative and enterprise reporter and executive city editor at the Boston Herald and a reporter at The Boston Globe.

He has reported stories such as the federal investigation into the Teamsters, the workings of the Yawkey Trust and sale of the Red Sox, organized crime, the church sex abuse scandal and the September 11 terrorist attacks. He has covered the State House, state and local politics, K-16 education, courts, crime, and general assignment.

Jack received the New England Press Association award for investigative reporting for a series on unused properties owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and shared the association's award for business for his reporting on the sale of the Boston Red Sox. As the Ledger editorial page editor, he won second place in 2007 for editorial writing from the Inland Press Association, the nation's oldest national journalism association of nearly 900 newspapers as members.

At CommonWealth, Jack and editor Bruce Mohl won first place for In-Depth Reporting from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors for a look at special education funding in Massachusetts. The same organization also awarded first place to a unique collaboration between WFXT-TV (FOX25) and CommonWealth for a series of stories on the Boston Redevelopment Authority and city employees getting affordable housing units, written by Jack and Bruce.

A Boston native, Jack has lived in Massachusetts all his life. He was a major in English and history with a minor in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A father and grandfather, he lives in Plymouth with his wife, Susan.

Stories by Jack Sullivan

The high cost of smoking

The high cost of smoking

Celebratory cigars end in athletic suspension for seven graduating seniors

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em is a timeworn phrase not heard much these days. Tobacco use has fallen out of style for the most part. But one time-honored tradition that has held on is the ritual lighting of cigars in celebratory times. Babies, bachelor parties, Boston Celtic victories, and the like always resulted in(...)

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Sargent warned Henry about sexual harassment at Globe

Court filing disputes McGrory claim he had nothing to do with her hiring

AN ATTORNEY FOR former Boston Globe reporter and editor Hilary Sargent on Tuesday sought to block the newspaper’s attempt to force his client to cooperate with an investigation into allegations that editor Brian McGrory wrote her sexually suggestive messages. But his court filing also raised new issues about her relationship with McGrory and Sargent’s past(...)

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Worcester County emerging as marijuana central

Worcester County emerging as marijuana central

16 applications filed there; no other county has more than 5

WITH THE JULY 1 TARGET DATE for legal pot sales looming, Worcester County is emerging as marijuana central in Massachusetts. According to data presented at the Cannabis Control Commission meeting on Tuesday, residents of the central Massachusetts county that stretches from the state’s northern border to the Connecticut and Rhode Island state lines have filed(...)

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‘No bowtie needed’

‘No bowtie needed’

Ex-Herald ed page editor joins Globe ed board

POLITICS, as they say, makes strange bedfellows. Apparently, so does editorializing. Rachelle Cohen, the longtime editorial page editor at the Boston Herald, whose right-of-center voice stood in stark contrast to the progressive leanings of the Boston Globe, is now a “contributing member” of her old rival’s editorial board. Cohen, who left the tabloid in March(...)

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Funny, not funny

Funny, not funny

ABC's Roseanne reboot has been canceled after racist comments were tweeted by the show's star

Comedy is in the eye of the beholder. This wasn’t funny. ABC canceled the wildly popular reboot of the “Roseanne” show after its namesake, Roseanne Barr, tweeted out a stunningly tasteless and racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, the former advisor and close friend of former president Barack Obama. Barr is an unabashed supporter of President Trump and(...)

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Globe sues ex-employee over sex harassment claims

Globe sues ex-employee over sex harassment claims

Paper says it wants to hear 'more, not less' from Sargent about exchanges with McGrory

THE BOSTON GLOBE filed suit Friday against a former reporter and editor to compel her to release the full text she said the paper’s editor, Brian McGrory, sent to her that included an unwanted, sexually suggestive message. In the suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, the Globe’s lawyers say Hilary Sargent is in violation of(...)

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Ex-reporter threatens Globe with more revelations

Ex-reporter threatens Globe with more revelations

Sargent says allegations against McGrory are not isolated

A FORMER REPORTER and editor who accused Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory of sending her an unwanted sexually suggestive text is hinting she has more to reveal about the culture of sexual harassment and workplace environment at the paper. Hilary Sargent, who has been on a mission to push the Globe to acknowledge and address(...)

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Globe execs probing McGrory text allegations

Globe execs probing McGrory text allegations

Top officials talked to editor, reached out to former reporter

THE BOSTON GLOBE’s top officials told staffers on Wednesday that they are investigating allegations that editor Brian McGrory sent an inappropriate text to a former reporter but so far have taken no action or revealed what they have learned. The officials said they have not been able to determine when the text exchange took place.(...)

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Globe editor accused of sending sexually suggestive text

Globe editor accused of sending sexually suggestive text

Former reporter posts exchange on Twitter that she said was with McGrory

A FORMER REPORTER for the Boston Globe is claiming Brian McGrory, the paper’s current editor, sent her an unsolicited, sexually suggestive text. Hilary Sargent, who started at the Globe in 1999 as a 19-year-old intern before leaving and being recruited back 15 years later, posted an undated text message on Twitter on Monday that she(...)

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A missing pair of Sox

A missing pair of Sox

Team removes plaques honoring former owner and GM over alleged racism

AMID ALL THE FUROR over changing the name of Yawkey Way to Jersey Street because of the alleged racist attitudes of the late Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, the team has quietly removed plaques at an entrance to Fenway Park honoring the longtime owner as well as that of former general manager Eddie Collins, who(...)

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