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

Rosenberg unveils leadership team

Rosenberg unveils leadership team

Chandler, Spilka get top posts

SENATE PRESIDENT STAN Rosenberg announced his leadership team and committee chairmanships today, putting women senators in two of the chamber’s most powerful posts. Sen. Harriette Chandler will serve as majority leader, while Sen. Karen Spilka will chair the budget-writing Senate Ways and Means Committee. Spilka, an Ashland Democrat who served as Senate chair of the(...)

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Striving for urban school excellence

Striving for urban school excellence

Boston leaders mark gains, big challenges remaining

COLLABORATION AND THE need to move from incremental progress to exponential gains were the twin themes sounded as educators gathered on Friday morning for the release of an annual report on the state of schooling in Boston. The need for collaboration was cited over and over by Turahn Dorsey, Mayor Marty Walsh’s new education chief,(...)

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Big Brother is watching

Big Brother is watching

Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Can we tap technology to tackle crime without giving up all our privacy?

ON THE DAY of the Boston Marathon two years ago, before the bombs and the blood, Ed Davis was taking in the race from the viewing stand at the Copley Square finish line. Being a cop as well as a spectator, however, he couldn’t help but ponder things cops think about these days, especially if(...)

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Net loss

Net loss

John Bullard, the Northeast administrator for NOAA Fisheries, shut down cod fishing in the region for at least six months. It’s not making him any friends.

You served three terms as mayor of New Bedford, which made you one of the chief advocates for one of the biggest fishing ports in the country. Now, with the cod fishing ban that you ordered, you’re being called the guy who’s killing the fishing industry. When I left City Hall, I was actually hired(...)

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Baker feels his way

Baker feels his way

New governor takes office with emotion

HE GREETED MARTY WALSH with a big hug. He spoke from the heart as a fellow parent when he addressed the scourge of opiate addiction that took the life of an Easton couple’s son. And he poignantly declared how much he wished his mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, could have been there for(...)

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The Rosenberg reign begins

The Rosenberg reign begins

New Senate president vows more inclusive day for members

WITH PLENTY OF nods to the past, but also a clear message of change, Stan Rosenberg took the gavel as Senate president on Wednesday. The 65-year-old Amherst Democrat arrives at the Senate’s top post with a liberal profile on issues but a reputation for deliberative policymaking that hears out all sides on issues. In a(...)

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For Patrick, a kick on the way out

Today’s Boston Globe story on the unveiling of Deval Patrick‘s official gubernatorial portrait is headlined, “A last hurrah for governor.” Yesterday’s front-page takeout on his eight years in office offered up more of a Bronx cheer. A day of hagiographic plaudits from former aides and supporters who had speaking roles at the State House portrait(...)

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