James Burnett

Top of Mind: Jim Gordon, Extended Version

Boston editor James Burnett: Let’s back all the way up. Why energy in general, as a field, before you got into what you’re doing now? JG: I was going to BU’s School of Public Communications for a degree in broadcast…

Top of Mind: Jim Gordon

If you’re looking to put up an offshore wind farm in Massachusetts, there are more politically expedient places than smack between the beloved beaches of the Cape and Islands. But there are not, Jim Gordon insists, any superior spots from…

Top of Mind: Jack Williams, Extended Version

Boston editor James Burnett: You’d better not win any more awards. Jack Williams: Well, I don’t have any spots for them. Don’t tell anybody, but we’ve got them on the floor, and, uh, Marci says, "Don’t bring any more home,…

Top of Mind: Jack Williams

"It’s fun winning," Jack Williams says. The satisfaction comes with extra sweetener for the Channel 4 stalwart. Demoted to afternoon and weekend slots by a former WBZ regime, he was restored to the 6 and 11 p.m. anchor’s chair in…

Top of Mind: Charlie Baker, Extended Version

Boston editor James Burnett: What do you think is the one thing that could have the most impact on improving healthcare? Charlie Baker: Since you have this on [gesturing at recorder], I’m going to give you a long answer, and…

Top of Mind: Charlie Baker

Will he or won’t he? We’ve been here with Charlie Baker before: when Baker, at the time a highly regarded Weld aide, mighta-shoulda-wasn’t Paul Cellucci’s running mate in 1998; when he flirted with a gubernatorial bid in 2006. Now Baker…

Top of Mind: Mel King Extended Version

Boston editor James Burnett: The last time Boston had an interesting mayoral race was 1983, and you played a big part in it. Reading back on it, it almost seemed like an entirely different city. Notwithstanding the fact that incumbents…

Top of Mind: Mel King

Mel King has been an activist, community organizer, social entrepreneur, and author (most recently of a poetry collection titled Streets). But he proudly claims as his principal vocation one with less noble connotations: "I like being called a politician," he…

Top of Mind: Mike Barnicle

Here are some of the best quotes pulled from his interview with Boston editor James Burnett.  -I am constantly amazed at the number of people who think I’m just on vacation. People who call me with story ideas, something that…

Editor's Letter: October 2007

It’d be exaggerating to say I gave Joe Keohane a job here just so he could write his Billy Bulger story, but not by much. I can remember the first time the idea came up: We’d had breakfast at Mike’s…