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

Warren as school choice champion

Warren as school choice champion

Senator ambivalent on charter ballot question – but she’s been passionate supporter of school vouchers

WHEN ASKED ON Thursday about the November ballot question to raise the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts, Sen. Elizabeth Warren sounded a note of caution about the initiative. “You know, I’m just concerned about the proposal and what it means for the children all across the Commonwealth,” Warren told reporters after delivering a speech(...)

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Do police body cameras work?

Do police body cameras work?

Evidence points toward benefits, but they’re costly and not a cure-all

THERE IS GROWING pressure across the country to equip police officers with body-worn cameras, driven by a belief that the technology will reduce unwarranted use of force by police and is also likely to lower the incidence of assaults on police. In her 2013 ruling against the New York City police department’s “stop and frisk”(...)

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Weld: We’re in it to win

Weld: We’re in it to win

In a shift, Libertarian VP hopeful says he sees a “path” to victory

BILL WELD, WHO seemed to sign on as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate less than three months ago as a bit of a lark, now says the ticket is in it to win. That’s the latest take from the former Massachusetts governor, offered to a large gaggle of reporters waiting for him on Monday(...)

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Democrats’ ed reform pivot

Democrats’ ed reform pivot

Clinton, party platform break with Obama era policies

LESS THAN TWO weeks before they will anoint Hillary Clinton as the party’s new standard-bearer, Democrats are putting the finishing touches on a party platform that signals a big shift on education policy. That is cause for either celebration or alarm, depending on which camp within the party you listen to. The platform changes come(...)

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A nation divided

A nation divided

Alan Wolfe, who told us two decades ago we were "One Nation, After All," isn’t so sure anymore

ALAN WOLFE HAS had a long interest in American democracy and in Americans’ attitudes toward it and toward issues related to religion and morality. But the longtime sociology professor at Boston College is a restless inquirer, having also authored books on topics as diverse as gambling, school choice, political evil, and, most recently, the Jewish(...)

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To serve and elect

To serve and elect

Emily Cherniack wants to get more people with military or civilian service backgrounds into public office

Photograph by Frank Curran   The organization you founded, New Politics, is committed to finding and helping elect candidates for office who have backgrounds in the military or civilian service organizations such as AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. Why is it important to have people with those backgrounds in public office? We’re about people who(...)

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Southbridge schools get fresh start

Southbridge schools get fresh start

Troubled system under state receivership

THE NEWS WAS not unexpected when the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in January to put the Southbridge schools into receivership. The small central Massachusetts district of 2,100 students struggled with low academic achievement for years, a challenge state officials said was made harder by a revolving door in the superintendent’s office(...)

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Anti-Common Core question tossed off ballot

Anti-Common Core question tossed off ballot

SJC delivers big victory to supporters of new education standards

DERAILING EFFORTS TO repeal use of the Common Core education standards in Massachusetts schools, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a question that would have jettisoned the curriculum frameworks cannot appear in the November ballot. The decision released on Friday morning spells the end of efforts for now to have the state repeal the standards,(...)

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Weld’s views ‘developing’ on criminal justice reform

Weld’s views ‘developing’ on criminal justice reform

Ex-gov and current VP candidate casts off famous ‘busting rocks’ line

WHEN HE RAN for governor in Massachusetts 26 years ago, Republican Bill Weld cut a more moderate profile on many social issues than his Democratic opponent, John Silber – a key factor, many believe, in his victory in liberal-leaning Massachusetts. When it came to criminal justice issues, however, there was nothing tempered about the former(...)

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Report: State needs to boost degree production

Report: State needs to boost degree production

Grad shortage threatens state’s knowledge-based economy

IT’S THE LONG-RUNNING saga of the Massachusetts economy that’s been told repeatedly as a cautionary tale: Massachusetts lives by its wits — and lives well by them — but only focused attention and action will ensure that the state maintains that standing. The latest chapter came on Wednesday from the state Department of Higher Education,(...)

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