Kevin Cullen is an author and
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for The Boston Globe since
1985. At the Globe, he served as a local, national and foreign correspondent
before becoming a columnist. He
initially worked as the newspaper's law enforcement correspondent, and spent
several stints on the Spotlight Team, the Globe's investigative unit. He was
part of the team that first exposed the mobster James "Whitey" Bulger
as an FBI informant in 1988.
more than 20 years covering the conflict in Northern Ireland, and in 1994 was
honored by the Overseas Press Club of America for interpretive reporting from
In 1997, he was
appointed as Dublin bureau chief, covering the peace process in Northern
Ireland full time, the only American journalist who did so. After a year in
Dublin, he moved to London to serve as chief European correspondent, covering
war in the former Yugoslavia. He reported from more than 20 countries across
In 2001, after
four years abroad, he returned to Boston and joined the Globe's investigative
team which won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for exposing the
coverup of sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. In 2007, he was
promoted to metro columnist and the following year won the Batten Medal from
the American Society of Newspaper Editors for a selection of columns on people
down on their luck.
In 2014, Cullen
won the Mike Royko Award as best columnist chosen by the American Society of
Newspaper Editors and was part of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize
for breaking news for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Separately, he
was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary.
Cullen has been
a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, the BBC, and RTE, Ireland's
national broadcaster. His work appears regularly in The Irish Times and Sunday
Independent in Ireland. He appears weekly on Newstalk radio's Lunchtime program in Ireland.
He is co-author
The Crisis in the Catholic Church, and was a contributor to the book, Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined II.
He is co-author of the New
York Times bestseller, Whitey
Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to
was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He wrote the opening
chapter for the Houghton Mifflin anthology, Our Boston, to benefit
victims of the Marathon bombings.
native, Cullen was graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
attended Trinity College in Dublin, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard