Editors Note

Sometimes you get lucky. I bumped into photographer Bill Brett walking through Downtown Crossing in January. He told me about his latest book project, which led to an interesting conversation with him about Boston and the chance to run a number of his new photos, including the cover shot of Morgan Freeman.

Having a movie star on the cover of CommonWealth is a bit like Britney Spears on the cover of the Atlantic, but it shows you can have fun and deal with serious issues at the same time. Meanwhile, Gabrielle Gurley highlights the changing face of investigative journalism in Boston and around the country.

Meet the Author

Bruce Mohl

Editor, CommonWealth

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

What Works debuts in this issue. The new feature offers the chance to learn from what folks are doing elsewhere. Stephen Kidder provides a look inside the commission on corporate taxation, and Birny Birnbaum writes what Insurance Commissioner Nonnie S. Burnes wouldn’t let him say at hearings on auto insurance rates. All this, plus provocative contributions from our regular contributors, including Dan Kennedy, Shawn Zeller, and Robert David Sullivan. Let me know what you think.

BRUCE MOHL, EDITOR