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

The ‘third way’ in education

The ‘third way’ in education

Education leaders seek to bridge the charter-district divide

POLARIZATION AND TRENCH WARFARE, the partisan watchwords these days in Washington, have also come to define education debates. In Massachusetts, as much as $30 million could be spent between now and November in what promises to be a bloody showdown between charter school advocates and opponents over a ballot question to raise the charter school(...)

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Fiery teachers union president wins re-election

Fiery teachers union president wins re-election

Madeloni vows to press fight against testing, charters

A DIVIDED MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION re-elected its firebrand president, Barbara Madeloni, at the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, ensuring a continuation of the sharp critique of education reform efforts from the top teachers union official in the state. Delegates to the annual gathering of the 110,000-member organization also voted to spend $9.2 million to defeat a(...)

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Baker’s Common Core caution

Baker’s Common Core caution

Governor staying on sidelines in ballot fight

IT’S NOT JUST the presidential election that Gov. Charlie Baker plans to sit out. Baker says he is also staying out of a fight much closer to home: A looming ballot question showdown over whether the state should repeal the Common Core education standards put in place six years ago. The repeal effort presents a(...)

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Rosenberg sitting out marijuana referendum

Rosenberg sitting out marijuana referendum

Senate President not convinced on ‘gateway’ drug argument

SENATE PRESIDENT STAN ROSENBERG, who has not joined the group of powerhouse politicos that has come together to oppose legalization of recreational marijuana, says he has yet to be convinced by arguments that legalizing marijuana would exacerbate the state’s opioid addiction crisis. Asked Tuesday during a question and answer session with State House reporters about(...)

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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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