Michael Jonas

Executive Editor, CommonWealth

About Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing writer for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth's Fall 1999 issue on Boston youth outreach workers was selected for a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston's largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the Boston Sunday Globe's City Weekly section.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for "The AIDS Quarterly," a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for "Our Times," a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.

About Michael Jonas

Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing writer for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth's Fall 1999 issue on Boston youth outreach workers was selected for a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston's largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the Boston Sunday Globe's City Weekly section.

Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for "The AIDS Quarterly," a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for "Our Times," a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.

Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.

Stories by Michael Jonas

Reach higher

Reach higher

The head of Michelle Obama’s college initiative says the US needs to regain its higher-ed lead

IF YOU DON’T believe in the power of education to change lives, Michelle Obama wants to have a word with you. For the First Lady, the transformative power of education isn’t just a lofty idea, it’s her own story. Michelle Obama and her brother were the first in their family to attend college. They both(...)

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Scott Brown says Rizzo never endorsed him

Scott Brown says Rizzo never endorsed him

Former senator says bogus claim “typical” of unions bankrolling super PAC

FORMER US SENATOR Scott Brown, who was portrayed as a favorite of a Democratic pol in an attack ad designed to harm the candidate’s chances in a close Democratic primary, is firing back with an attack of his own, saying he plans to file a complaint with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.(...)

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Boncore wins it on the ground

Boncore wins it on the ground

Winthrop lawyer rides huge hometown margin to top special election Senate primary

THE RACE FOR an open state Senate seat in Boston and three adjacent communities was sure to shake up the status quo, with no Italian-American son of East Boston in the race — the profile that has defined the district’s senator for 40 years. But voters did not seem hungry for too much change, as(...)

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Rizzo denies claim in mailer, files complaint

Rizzo denies claim in mailer, files complaint

Labor-friendly PAC accused Democratic Senate candidate of backing Republicans

AS VOTERS WENT to the polls on Tuesday in the hotly-contested election for an open state Senate seat in Boston and surrounding communities, one of the seven Democratic candidates, Dan Rizzo, was vehemently denying charges contained in a last-minute mailer and filing a complaint with the state alleging violations of campaign finance laws. A flier(...)

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The paradox of Robert DeLeo

The paradox of Robert DeLeo

The affable everyman with a vise-like grip on the House he leads

Photographs by Michael Manning ROBERT DELEO CLIMBED to the rostrum of the House of Representatives one afternoon in late January for what has become a routine annual ritual, but is also a remarkable expression of the power of his office. It was the seventh time DeLeo stood before the 160-member body as House Speaker to(...)

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Last-minute mailer hits Rizzo in Senate race

Last-minute mailer hits Rizzo in Senate race

Lack of 24-hour disclosure may violate campaign finance laws

MUCH HAS BEEN made of how the seven-way field in Tuesday’s special election Democratic primary for the East Boston-based state Senate seat breaks with tradition in several ways. It features two minority women candidates, no lifelong Eastie resident – the usual profile of the seat holder — and a competitive candidate from Beacon Hill. But(...)

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Senate charter school effort runs off course

Senate charter school effort runs off course

Local-approval amendment dims chance of legislative compromise

AS THE HOURS passed on Thursday night in the Massachusetts Senate, so may have any hope for charter school legislation that would avert a divisive November ballot question showdown. Senators were considering a compromise bill that already looked like a shaky starting point for any eventual resolution of the charter debate. By the time they(...)

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Is charter debate headed for resolution or over the cliff?

Is charter debate headed for resolution or over the cliff?

With ballot question looming, a test for state leaders

WILL THURSDAY MARK the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end of the charter school debate on Beacon Hill? That’s the question as the Senate prepares to take up a measure that satisfies neither charter proponents nor opponents. Some have pronounced the unpopular Senate proposal a nonstarter, and concluded that the charter(...)

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Not the usual faces in state Senate race

Not the usual faces in state Senate race

A changing East Boston draws new blood to special election

FOR DECADES, AN East Boston resident has held the state Senate seat representing the First Suffolk and Middlesex District, which extends north from the neighborhood to Revere and reaches west to sections of Cambridge. Michael LoPresti in the 1970s and 80s. Robert Travaglini in the 1990s and early 2000s. Anthony Petruccelli from 2007 until he(...)

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Warren hails civil rights legacy of education law

Warren hails civil rights legacy of education law

Says it’s crucial that Every Student Succeeds Act maintain the federal commitment to vulnerable children

WHILE IT’S EASY to get caught up in the details and debates over mandated testing regimens and teacher evaluation policies, the federal education law that stirred such backlash for more than a decade until it was replaced last year is one of the legislative pillars of the civil rights gains of the 1960s. Sen. Elizabeth(...)

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