Jack Spillane / Columnist

Jack Spillane is a career journalist, working primarily as a government and politics reporter and writer.

He has served as a beat and general assignment reporter, columnist, news editor and editorial page editor at community papers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for 40 years, including at The Standard-Times of New Bedford, The Portsmouth Herald, The Marlboro Enterprise and Lincoln Journal.

Jack has been the recipient of first-place awards from New England press associations for investigative, enterprise, feature, and beat reporting, as well as columnist, editorial page writing and commentary.

He was the recipient of the 2019 Allen B. Rogers Award for his editorial on New Bedford immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border. 

Stories by Jack Spillane

Counting votes isn’t what it used to be

In light of media scrutiny, New Bedford’s elections chair says new procedures resulted in significant changes to counting and reporting of votes.

It was the people of New Bedford who rose up against Hodgson

What finally did in Tom Hodgson was the decent, hard-working people of the city of New Bedford, Bristol County’s largest working-class community and the place that undoubtedly has sent the largest number of inmates and correctional officers to tangle with the county’s chief jailer these last 2½ decades.

Opinion: Some questions for Sheriff Tom Hodgson

Is it possible that these high Bristol County suicide numbers are related to your “tough love” philosophy and practices? Is it worth re-examing whether your procedures are the latest best practices in prevention, given the worrisome suicide numbers?


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