Sean Gonsalves’ entry into journalism was a bit unusual. Most start as reporters and, if they’re lucky, get a chance to write a column someday. He started the other way around. Sean first began writing an op-ed column for the Cape Cod Times in 1993, covering everything from politics to jazz.
It wasn’t until two years later, in 1995, that he was offered an entry level reporting position at the Times. Sean started writing obituaries and occasional short features. Then, he moved to the “night cops” beat, in which he was responsible for compiling the daily court report, as well as churning out police logs by night’s end.
In 1996, Sean was offered a contract with Universal Press Syndicate to syndicate the column he was writing. One of the youngest nationally syndicated columnists in the country at the time, Sean was just 24 years old when he signed with UPS. The column was picked up by 22 newspapers across the country, including the Oakland Tribune, Detroit Free-Press, Kansas City Star and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In Seattle, his weekly opinion offerings were one of the most popular columns in that paper for nearly a decade. Sean’s work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Washington Post and the International Herald-Tribune.
But, even as he was writing a nationally-syndicated column, traveling the country speaking at various forums, panel discussions and events, back home on Cape Cod Sean was reporting on everything from breaking news, municipal government, presidential vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, the Mashpee Wampanoag’s quest for federal recognition, and hundreds of other stories.
Sean’s reporting and column-writing has garnered numerous awards and even an honorary declaration by the Massachusetts state legislature, commemorating him for being a voice for the voiceless.
In 2008, Sean stopped working as a reporter and op-ed columnist to join the Cape Cod Times news desk as an assistant news editor. He supervised six reporters and was responsible for organizing and supervising the daily news budget and reporter assignments. In 2011, Sean became the Times sole news columnist, writing three popular local news columns a week.
Throughout his career, he’s done television commentary, appearing on WGBH’s “Greater Boston” and was also a frequent guest on New England Cable News, highlighting stories on Cape Cod of interest to NECN watchers in the Greater Boston area.
Sean has made numerous appearances on radio – as a guest on Michael Medved’s radio show (sitting in for Rush Limbaugh) and numerous times as a guest commentator on National Public Radio programs, most recently as a regular guest on WCAI’s “The Point with Mindy Todd.”
After nearly 20 years in journalism, Sean joined Regan Communications to help others better communicate with an often cynical and skeptical public.