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

Lelling doesn’t budge on pot stance

'It puts the banks in a bind, I understand that,' he says

Baker said he backs the Dem in Alabama

Downplays his fundraising for the Republican National Committee

Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Says holding on to State House job could help Dems hold seat

House pushes narrower criminal justice legislation

Ex-SJC chief Ireland hails 'reform bill for real world'

House, Senate poised to go separate ways on criminal justice bills

Branches would need to reach agreement afterwards to move reforms forward

SJC blocks local detentions for ICE

Court says local authorities cannot hold immigrants solely because of border violation

House revamps voter-approved pot law

Ups tax rate, addiction funding and steers jobs to minority community

T says pension problem worsening

Union chief says early retirements boosting retirement costs

Logan signs parking deal with CLF

Promises to reduce emissions in return for 5,000 spaces

SJC hears case on holding immigrant detainees

Chief Justice Gants asks source of state authority to detain people

Baker pushes 2-track S. Coast rail approach

Pacheco fears Middleborough approach may doom Stoughton line

T offers up other paratransit options

Disabled users demand withdrawal of proposed service cut

Rosenberg likens Trump travel ban to Nazi Germany

Senate president says Dems will caucus to discuss the order

Baker plans to let Keolis contract expire

At end of 8 year period, a new selection process would start

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