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

Massachusetts commits to criminal justice review

Massachusetts commits to criminal justice review

State leaders join national movement to rethink tough-on-crime policies

WITH POLICING PRACTICES, high incarceration rates among minorities, and stiff drug sentencing laws drawing scrutiny across the country, Massachusetts will join a national wave of state efforts to rethink criminal justice policies. Leaders of the three branches of state government have jointly requested a Department of Justice-funded review that will examine all aspects of the(...)

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On No Child law, Warren carries Kennedy torch

On No Child law, Warren carries Kennedy torch

Fights for accountability provision in face of union pushback

IN 2002, TED KENNEDY celebrated one of the signature achievements of his legislative career when George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, which the Massachusetts senator helped steer through Congress. The law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, marked a turning point in national education policy, the first time a muscular set(...)

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Finish line for Boston 2024

Finish line for Boston 2024

Athenian give-and-take ends Olympic bid

BOSTON’S DREAMS OF Olympic glory are over. Did we snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Did we blow a transformational opportunity, with all that talk that the US entry for the 2024 Summer Games would be the odds-on favorite to win the bid? Boston 2024 boosters argued that a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Boston was(...)

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Baker’s budget balance

Baker’s budget balance

Governor shows a deft hand for give and take

IF THERE IS a punching bag in state government, it is the Governor’s Council. Derided as an anachronistic holdover from colonial days, the eight-member body’s main job is to confirm judicial appointments, a role some have suggested the state Senate could play. The elected council, which meets just one day per week, has been called(...)

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Chang takes charge

Chang takes charge

Boston’s new superintendent talks testing and charters, says he’ll be working 12 to 14 hour days – and reveals that, for now at least, his family plans to remain in Los Angeles.

TOMMY CHANG HIT the ground when he became Boston’s new school superintendent on July 1, and it’s no wonder. Not only did the former Los Angeles school administrator bring lots of energy and ideas to his new position, he had the benefit of four months in Boston getting his bearings. Chang arrived in March, and(...)

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Lost years

ABRIGAL FORRESTER REMEMBERS the day he climbed out of the prison van delivering him to state prison in Walpole. “I felt like I was walking into a pressure cooker of death. Everything just felt dismal,” he says of the morning in 1991 that he landed behind bars on cocaine trafficking charges. He was 20 years(...)

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Rethinking tough-on-crime

Rethinking tough-on-crime

Is Massachusetts ready to join the national reassessment of criminal justice policy?

BONNIE DITORO DOESN’T try to hide from her past. She was a heavy-duty cocaine user, a newly widowed mother of two whose life in the mid-1990s was spiraling out of control. But she’s equally clear about what she was not. DiToro says she was no drug kingpin. In fact, she says she wasn’t directly involved(...)

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State leaders react cautiously to Bid 2.0

State leaders react cautiously to Bid 2.0

Beacon Hill's 'big 3' praise Boston 2024 for more information, but say lots of questions remain

THIS WAS NOT a slam dunk drawing wild cheers. Or a back two-and-a-half somersault with a splashless pool entry. In Summer Olympics sport terms, Boston 2024’s presentation to state leaders today seemed to go over more like a middling shot down the fairway, one that is met with polite, but restrained, applause from a viewing(...)

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A provocative court challenge to charter cap

A provocative court challenge to charter cap

Suit would essentially say Boston district schools deliver inferior education

TWO MONTHS AGO, three prominent Boston lawyers made a big splash with news on the front-page of the Boston Globe that they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the state cap on charter schools. The suit has yet to be filed — the lead attorney in the case says it will be in the coming(...)

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