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

T budget deficit up

Fewer fares from disgruntled riders part of growing gap

Late night T proves costly

Subsidy per rider is 10 times regular bus service

Amazon vs. marijuana

Communities throw millions at retail giant while snubbing pot

New pot czar is known quantity

Assistant treasurer tapped as executive director for marijuana commission

Islanders want their pot, too

Residents urge state commissioners to help them navigate federal obstacles

Islands face special pot challenges

Nantucket, Vineyard hemmed in by fed regulations

Flying without a PILOT

Don't call UMass Lowell's groundbreaking pact with the city a PILOT

Watching the games people play

State keeps real-time track of every slot machine

Northern Pass hits another obstacle

EPA calls for another 40 miles of proposed power line to go underground

Pot board taps chair as interim director

In first meeting, cannabis commission lays out monumental task

New pot czar has inhaled

Hoffman says drug is 'harmless' but can be abused

Cannabis Commission may be scrambling for funds

Initial $2m budget is unlikely to stretch that far

Majority of pot board opposed referendum

New cannabis commission seeds concerns about the law’s future

Walsh, once an opponent, welcomes pot

Boston mayor makes plans for 40 or more retail shops

Lawmakers reach pot compromise

Bill boosts tax up to 20 percent, creates unique mechanism for local control

Beating the craps out of each other

A Massachusetts-Connecticut border war over gambling stirs fears of an Atlantic City meltdown

More unclaimed money

State treasurer holds checks for eminent domain

Dempsey pitches higher pot tax

Says lower rate means less money for treatment, beds

Top House leader unaware of budget, pot links

Mariano says no senator has suggested tradeoffs in negotiations despite DeLeo statement

DeLeo puts pot talks on hold until budget done

Rosenberg refutes hint that Senate is linking budget, marijuana bills

Cusack denies retaliation over Lottery move

House to vote on pot bill that sets tax rate to 28%

House reneged on pot agreement, say sources

Officials say chair irked over Lottery move

House has to backtrack on pot bill

Legislation raising marijuana tax to astronomical levels raises concerns

House guts voter-approved pot law

Measure overhauls key pieces from tax rate to oversight

Drivers urge DPU to alter background checks

Rejected Uber and Lyft drivers say unlimited reach discriminates

Steward, physician group swap fraud charges

For-profit hospital chain launches attack after being sued for nonpayment

Brown seeks donors for group attacking Warren

State PAC slams senator in appeal despite her support for former opponent