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

Wu says local-option tax could help fund fare-free MBTA service 

Mayoral candidate says free bus service would be a first step 

Does Wu have a Teflon coating?

Essaibi George tries to stick it to mayoral race frontrunner

Wu and Essaibi George face off in Boston mayoral debate

A few sparks fly, but it's mostly a civil affair with plenty of agreement on issues

Poll shows big lead for Wu in Boston mayor’s race

With debate tonight, Essaibi George faces pressure to shift the momentum 

FDA’s controversial approval of Alzheimer’s drug draws calls for reform

Boston area experts say it spotlights systemic flaws in the health care system

Is it Wu’s race to lose?

Ferriabough Bolling and Connolly say Essaibi George needs to turn the tide

Here’s the Diehl with wacky Mass. politics 

Trump endorsement underscores state’s odd party dynamics

Ayanna Pressley endorses Michelle Wu in Boston mayor’s race

Congresswoman gives a progressive boost to former colleague

Vaccine fight only latest bad headline for State Police

Union insists officers shouldn’t be required to get immunization

What went wrong for Framingham’s 1st mayor?

Amid tensions with city council, abandoned by former allies, Yvonne Spicer is fighting for her political life

Janey endorses Wu for mayor

Acting Boston mayor’s backing huge coup in quest for Black support

Look who landed in Roxbury council final

Roy Owens’s success speaks to low voter turnout and interest in Black community

Voters shrug at Boston’s ‘historic’ mayor’s race 

Turnout lower than 8 years ago, despite population growth 

A mayoral miss for Black Boston

Campbell, Janey, and Barros finish out of the running 

It’s Wu vs. Essaibi George in final election for Boston mayor

At-large councilors claim victory, moving them to November showdown

Boston’s preliminary race for mayor in the homestretch

DiCara and Idowu take stock of city’s historic campaign

Wu rides high in new poll

3 rivals still battling for second spot as mayor’s race heads to the wire 

Mayoral debate more talking points than testy 

Candidates mainly stick to the story they’ve told on the trail

Redistricting effort looks to reestablish Black Senate seat 

Black neighborhoods in Boston were split 20 years ago in effort to expand representation

The Sesame Street guide to the Boston mayor’s race 

Candidates all look for ways to be 'not like the others'

RFK assassin’s parole recommendation ignites passions in divided family

Kennedy offspring divided on releasing Sirhan 53 years after their father’s murder

Boston mayor’s race looks tight

Poll shows Wu in front, with 3 bunched close behind 

Moulton stirs the pot — again

Secret Afghanistan trip latest move that draws ire 

State education board OKs school mask mandate

Riley says he hopes order will be 'short-term measure'

California ruling on gig workers latest flashpoint in Mass. debate

Judge says voter-approved law backed by tech companies is unconstitutional

Baker plays catch-up on vaccines, masks

Governor reverses course on state workers, school reopening

Where the pandemic buck stops

Mass Reboot wraps up with look at role of government

Poll shows strong support for school mask mandate

81% of residents favor requiring face coverings when school resumes