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

Two Suffolk groups slam board chairman

Two Suffolk groups slam board chairman

Organizations support McKenna, say Meyer must go

SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY STUDENT and alumni organizations turned up the heat on the school’s board of trustees on Thursday and sided with the school’s embattled president in the leadership controversy that has engulfed the downtown Boston campus. The Suffolk Student Government Association approved a resolution of no confidence in the chairman of the university’s board of(...)

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House moves on driver’s license sanctions

House moves on driver’s license sanctions

Appoints conference committee members to work out differences with Senate on criminal justice reform bill

THE HOUSE MOVED on Wednesday to form a conference committee with senators to resolve differences between the two branches on a criminal justice reform bill that earlier this month seemed to be moving quickly toward final passage. The bill would repeal a 1989 statute that mandated the suspension of the driver’s license of anyone convicted(...)

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Criminal justice reform bill stalls

Criminal justice reform bill stalls

Branches at odds over repeal of driver’s license suspension for drug offenders

A BILL TO end the mandatory suspension of the driver’s license of any drug offender, which looked like it was sailing through the State House as a consensus-winning, early step in a new push for criminal justice reform, has hit snag. There is broad agreement among legislators, Gov. Charlie Baker, and Attorney General Maura Healey(...)

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Urbane mechanic

Urbane mechanic

In first State of the Commonwealth, Baker sticks with the basics

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, who took a decidedly workaday approach to his first year in office, favoring a head-down focus on the basics of government over a sweeping vision for Massachusetts, peered ahead in his first State of the Commonwealth address – and promised more of the same. The well-heeled MBA with a nuts-and-bolts bearing offered(...)

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Senate will take up charter school issue

Senate will take up charter school issue

Aim is to pass a bill that will head off ballot question

SENATE PRESIDENT STAN ROSENBERG said on Wednesday that the state Senate will work to fashion a compromise bill on charter schools in an effort to stave off a costly and divisive ballot question campaign this fall. Rosenberg, who had previously sounded pessimistic about the prospects of the Senate taking up the issue, told reporters this(...)

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State kicks-off criminal justice review

State kicks-off criminal justice review

No crisis, say analysts, but plenty of room for improvement

THE STATE BEGAN on Tuesday a comprehensive review of criminal justice policies that aims to take a data-driven approach to issues often heavily influenced by passions and perceptions.  In that spirit, two pieces of data stood out at the first meeting of the 25-member group charged with leading the policy review and recommending reforms to(...)

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The yin and yang of Baker

The yin and yang of Baker

An MBA’s focus and a surprisingly emotional touch make for a strong start for the Republican governor.

Photographs by Mark Ostow CHARLIE BAKER IS getting worked up about “queueing theory.” He’s sitting at a conference table in his smaller “working office” in the governor’s suite at the Massachusetts State House. The space, last occupied by Deval Patrick’s chief of staff, is where Baker has opted to conduct most business, eschewing the ornate official(...)

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All together now

All together now

Boston Children’s Chorus director Anthony Trecek-King gets young voices to sing out for justice

After 10 years as the artist director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, you’re now taking on the role of president as well. You’ve said you plan to up the organization’s focus on social justice and race and cultural harmony. How so? Now that we’ve built a platform where we feel comfortable with where the growth(...)

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No Child Left Behind is gone

No Child Left Behind is gone

President signs bill replacing 2002 education law

(This story, which originally reported on Congressional passage of the bill, was updated after President Obama signed the legislation on December 10.) THE NO CHILD Left Behind law has been left behind as President Obama signed a major overhaul of the federal education law with a bipartisan delegation of Congressional leaders looking on. The new(...)

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Courting big change in schools

Courting big change in schools

Meet the guy behind the Vergara lawsuit that upended teacher tenure in California

EDUCATION POLICY DEBATES these days are heated and issues are often cast in black and white. That makes David Welch either a behind-the-scenes hero or the villain behind the curtain. The 55-year-old Silicon Valley tech executive is the driving force behind the Vergara case, a lawsuit filed in 2012 on behalf of poor and minority(...)

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