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

Dorchester Youth Collaborative shutdown a tough blow

After 40 years, haven for young people closes its doors 

Bernie backing means little in middle-of-the-road Winthrop 

One-time Trump voter Jeff Turco wins Democratic rep primary 

Curtatone won’t seek reelection as Somerville mayor

Nine terms is enough, says longtime city leader 

Baker heralds approach of ‘next normal’

Stadiums to reopen, capacity limits lifted on restaurants

The elephant in the classroom: 3 feet or 6 feet?

Distancing guideline makes huge difference in reopening plans

State looking to force school reopenings

Riley seeking new authority to push districts back to classroom learning 

For Downing, politics are personal

Run for governor fueled by family loss and belief the state can do better 

Newsroom strife at Times poses bigger questions for journalism

Does uproar over race issues reflect internet-driven move to the left? 

Janey preparing to step into office — and history

Roxbury city councilor will break two barriers as Boston mayor 

State environmental official resigns over climate comments

Ismay apologizes for ‘inability to communicate clearly’ in recent remarks

Did state enviro official say anything that outlandish? 

Poorly worded comments seemed to explain state policy 

Smooth sailing for Walsh in confirmation hearing

Boston mayor looks poised for confirmation as labor secretary

In vaccine rollout, cities find themselves on the front line 

Revere reaching out to senior citizens to help navigate problem-plagued state launch

Citywide elections called barrier to minority representation

Everett the latest community to explore changes to system

Hearing draws support for scrapping special election for Boston mayor

Session on home-rule proposal turns testy with NAACP president attack on Edwards

DeLeo lands post at Northeastern

Former speaker named ‘University Fellow for Public Life’ 

Trump leaves, but the chaos sown remains 

Capitol riot stirs debate over speech and insurrection

Debate over special elections heated — and complicated  

What’s fair to some is seen by others as a ‘thumb on the scale’  

Walsh evolution in confronting racism takes center stage

Mayor calls it our ‘deepest moral obligation’ 

Gross would face hurdles, opportunity in mayoral run

Boston police commissioner weighing campaign at time of tough questions for law enforcement 

A shopping bag held the key to safe school opening

State launches COVID testing effort after towns go it alone for months

Biden taps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for labor secretary

Cabinet appointment would unleash a 'free for all' race for mayor

Mass. delegation stunned, outraged by mob invasion of Capitol

Moulton calls for president's removal after Trump supporters storm seat of government

An emotional DeLeo bids farewell

Long-serving speaker thanks colleagues, reflects on accomplishments 

For DeLeo, slow, steady — and firm — were the watchwords  

Long-serving speaker maintained an orderly House, to praise and scorn  

With police bill, compromise was the key

Legislature and Baker forced to make a deal 

Holmes says he will run for speaker

Mattapan rep decries closed-door centralization of power in House