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

Health care watchdog: BI-Lahey merger will hike costs

Health care watchdog: BI-Lahey merger will hike costs

Commission members think new system can work with conditions

A REPORT ON by the state’s health care industry watchdog analyzing the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health says the marriage won’t produce the kinds of savings the hospitals project nor tamp down Partners HealthCare’s stranglehold on the market. But members of the Health Policy Commission aren’t convinced that the models(...)

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Is a Boston soccer stadium Kraft’s gooooaaaaalllll?

Is a Boston soccer stadium Kraft’s gooooaaaaalllll?

We need to look to Miami for answers

THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS have long been viewed as the NFL’s equivalent of the CIA with secrets held close to the vest and little useful information disseminated to the masses. But while head coach Bill Belichick is often targeted as the key player in the information hoarding, he may be challenged by his boss, owner(...)

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Globe clears McGrory of sexual harassment

Globe clears McGrory of sexual harassment

Outside probe concludes no violation of paper’s policy in Sargent texts

AN OUTSIDE INVESTIGATOR hired by the Boston Globe cleared top editor Brian McGrory of violating the company’s sexual harassment policy but admitted he exchanged “personal” messages with former Boston.com editor and reporter Hilary Sargent. “As we informed our employees earlier (Thursday,) the investigation by outside counsel into the matter regarding Brian McGrory that was raised(...)

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Busted unions

Busted unions

Indifference and declining muscle threaten labor’s role

Labor unions may be taking a beating these days but they’re not going down without a fight and somebody is going to emerge bloodied. The latest battlefield is right here in Massachusetts as National Grid’s lockout of some 1,200 union workers is in its third week with no immediate end in sight. The utility giant(...)

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Alan Dershowitz will not be quiet

Alan Dershowitz will not be quiet

Has become target of mocking near and far

Could someone on Martha’s Vineyard please buy Alan Dershowitz lunch? Or a drink? Or some Beluga caviar? The 80-year-old Harvard Law professor emeritus, who now makes his home on the island and has been summering there for a quarter century, has been bemoaning his apparent ostracism among the social set because of his willingness to(...)

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Globe meets with McGrory accuser

Globe meets with McGrory accuser

Lawyer for Sargent says meeting lasted five hours

THE ATTORNEY FOR former Boston.com staffer Hilary Sargent said on Monday that his client sat down for five hours with an investigator hired by the Boston Globe and laid out her claims of inappropriate sexual conduct by Brian McGrory, the paper’s editor, and others. “Today, my client spent more than five hours sharing with the(...)

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State’s first pot store to open in Leicester

State’s first pot store to open in Leicester

Retail outlet likely to open after Labor Day

THE STATE’S CANNABIS Control Commission on Monday awarded its first license for a retail recreational pot store to a medical marijuana facility in Leicester, where sales will probably start sometime in September. The board unanimously approved the provisional license for Cultivate Holdings to add retail pot to the medical marijuana the company sells at the(...)

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The marijuana blame game

The marijuana blame game

Cannabis Control Commission can only do so much

July 1 has come and gone and no one legally bought marijuana in Massachusetts. Plenty of people bought illegal marijuana and legally smoked it, sort of a “don’t ask/don’t tell” situation. But the date viewed by many as a launch for retail recreational sales is now looking like the end of the summer, almost two years after voters(...)

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Je suis Capital Gazette

Je suis Capital Gazette

If you don’t have thick skin and a dark sense of humor, your ability to survive in the news business is greatly diminished. Apparently, we’ll have to add a bullet-proof vest to that survival list in order to do our job. The rampage Thursday at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, that killed five people –(...)

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The message of 2018 elections

The message of 2018 elections

Hello, Mike Capuano and Richard Neal?

Hello, Mike Capuano and Richard Neal? We have a message for you. That message was delivered loud and clear and if they weren’t paying attention, they’ll learn it in a New York minute. The message was no seat is safe, regardless of money, seniority, or casting the right votes. Boston University graduate and political neophyte(...)

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