Andy Metzger

Reporter, CommonWealth magazine

About Andy Metzger

Andy Metzger joined CommonWealth Magazine as a reporter in January 2019. He has covered news in Massachusetts since 2007. For more than six years starting in May 2012 he wrote about state politics and government for the State House News Service.  At the News Service, he followed three criminal trials from opening statements to verdicts, tracked bills through the flumes and eddies of the Legislature, and sounded out the governor’s point of view on a host of issues – from the proposed Olympics bid to federal politics.

Before that, Metzger worked at the Chelmsford Independent, The Arlington Advocate, the Somerville Journal and the Cambridge Chronicle, weekly community newspapers that cover an array of local topics. Metzger graduated from UMass Boston in 2006. In addition to his written journalism, Metzger produced a work of illustrated journalism about Gov. Charlie Baker’s record regarding the MBTA. He lives in Somerville and commutes mainly by bicycle.

About Andy Metzger

Andy Metzger joined CommonWealth Magazine as a reporter in January 2019. He has covered news in Massachusetts since 2007. For more than six years starting in May 2012 he wrote about state politics and government for the State House News Service.  At the News Service, he followed three criminal trials from opening statements to verdicts, tracked bills through the flumes and eddies of the Legislature, and sounded out the governor’s point of view on a host of issues – from the proposed Olympics bid to federal politics.

Before that, Metzger worked at the Chelmsford Independent, The Arlington Advocate, the Somerville Journal and the Cambridge Chronicle, weekly community newspapers that cover an array of local topics. Metzger graduated from UMass Boston in 2006. In addition to his written journalism, Metzger produced a work of illustrated journalism about Gov. Charlie Baker’s record regarding the MBTA. He lives in Somerville and commutes mainly by bicycle.

Stories by Andy Metzger

House, Senate OK delay in marijuana law

Bill rushed through in scarcely attended mid-holiday session

T preparing to privatize call center

Agency has received unsolicited offers from firms

AG aide wins 5-3 vote for judgeship

Opponents question experience, help on assault weapon ban

After charter defeat, Baker looks to close achievement gap

Governor mulls options to level performance between black and white students

Baker seeks changes in pot law

State Treasurer Goldberg says no rush to implement regs

Baker confirms probe of environmental police

Investigation launched after TV report shows officers at home during work hours

DeLeo open to changing pot law

If ballot question passes, his concerns are tax rate, edibles, OUIs

Bump will seek third term

Auditor dismisses idea she'll leave to run late husband's businesses

MassDOT looks to trash records

Agency has retained "massive" driver tolling records dating back to 1998

SJC upholds parent rights of same-sex partner

Applies even if unmarried, no biological connection to children

Baker appalled by DCR official’s actions

Video showed aide using siren and lights to bypass traffic

Pollack wants to step up climate-change efforts

Enough pilots, time to go to scale, she says

DeLeo to consult economists on taxes

'My history has been to stay away from taxes'

Study: Storage could deliver 600 MW in 10 years

Officials say incentives could lead to “game-changer” in renewable energy

Peyser gets raucous reception at UMass

Despite boos, education secretary said he loved it

T deficit cut to $86M

Officials say shrinking gap trending in right direction

Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Settlement requires pharmacists to check database

MIT dean talks fusion with govs, premiers

'There's a reason to be optimistic,' he says

AIM scorecard tells “tale of two chambers”

High grades for House, poor marks for Senate from business group

Pence pep talk doesn’t sway Baker

Gov praises Trump running mate, but not Trump

State Dems say no to charter ballot question

Education issue exposes rift inside the party

Baker signs economic development bill

Legislation authorizes spending of as much as $1b

Lawmakers send fare cap plan back to Baker

Legislature insists on a 7 percent limit on all MBTA increases

MBTA police plan to privatize dispatch services

Move marks first time the agency has employed the power to skirt the Pacheco Law

Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment

Allows 7% increase on any fare, pass every 2 years

Baker pushes T fare flexibility

Returns strict budget provision to Legislature

Temporary helistop coming as early as Sept.

State official: No site yet, but it could pay for itself

Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Responds to concerns raised by House Republicans

T cash handling mismanaged, report says

Door to facility not alarmed or access-controlled