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

New Bedford’s Parks and Rec director comes to Chat

Mary Rapoza, director of the Parks, Recreation and Beaches department since 2013, sits down with Jack Spillane this Thursday at 2 p.m. to talk about a division of city government that is perhaps more visible to the public than any other.

Mayor and New Bedford legislators can’t find a way to work together

After years of fruitless negotiations, the mayor took out a big stick. If he had a better relationship with the delegation, or if he and the delegation were better at communicating with each other or advocating at the state level, it might have been different.

Watch The Chat with new Sheriff Paul Heroux

In the wake of the first big challenge of his tenure as Bristol County sheriff, Paul Heroux will be the special guest of The Chat on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. As always, The Chat is free to attend, simply register below.

A tale of two sheriffs

The new sheriff got control of the situation and took back the unlocked units the inmates had taken over. He did a good job. … It would also be good if former Sheriff Hodgson gives his successor a chance to do that job, without second guessing everything he does.

Video: Voc-Tech education justice group joins The Chat

Members of the Vocational Education Justice Coalition talk about their concerns that school admissions policies still prevent access to vocational education for many students in New Bedford.


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