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

Union leader blasted for dismissing focus on college and careers

Mass. Teachers president draws heat for saying state ed policy is driven by ‘capitalist class and its needs for profits’

AG candidates agree to debate

Campbell, McMahon to face-off on WBZ-TV

Some ballot questions could draw blank stares

Voters asked to weigh in on complicated, less than clear-cut issues 

Dems’ aversion to debates becoming campaign issue

Front-runners uninterested in giving opponents any oxygen

Why are migrants being flown to Martha’s Vineyard? 

An explainer on the border crisis and how Mass. has been drawn into the fray

Is new poll a Diehl breaker? 

Emerson survey finds Healey with 18-point lead

Did Charlie Baker win last week’s state primary? 

Two-term governor is leaving, but his moderate politics have staying power  

Miranda wins five-way primary for Roxbury-based state Senate seat

Two-term state rep vows to be a voice for young people 'struggling to survive and thrive'

Campbell wins Democratic nomination for AG

Driscoll lands LG spot, DiZoglio prevails in auditor's race, Galvin cruises to renomination 

Campbell opens lead in new poll of AG’s race

Race remains close -- and volatile -- with lots of voters still undecided

Records call sexual assault claim against Arroyo ‘unfounded’ 

Officials concluded no crime occurred, but didn’t say allegations were not true 

Reading and math scores plummet amid pandemic

Historic declines confirm heavy toll of learning disruption

Palfrey quits AG’s race, endorses Campbell

Cites one-time rival’s ‘lived experience’

Parent satisfaction with Boston schools is falling, new poll shows

Decline underscores the challenge facing new superintendent

Edwards cuts an independent path 

East Boston senator breaks with progressives on dangerousness law, DA’s race

Arroyo pushes back on sexual assault allegations

Suffolk DA's race turning into a mudslinging slugfest

New higher ed commissioner will face big challenges 

State is backsliding after gains in raising attendance and grad rates 

The non-race for Massachusetts governor

What does it mean when an election seems over before it starts?  

It’s Peake performance vs. reform agenda in Cape Cod race 

Challenger Stanton points to lack of transparency in House 

A loud lament over the latest gambling embrace by state leaders 

Lawrence’s Les Bernal says we’re just expanding state-sanctioned exploitation

State education board raises MCAS graduation requirements

New standards, opposed by teachers unions and almost 100 legislators, take effect with class of 2026

Boston is hemorrhaging school-aged kids

Fewer children are changing the city – for the worse, says Will Austin

A liberal showdown in Brookline

Vitolo touts pragmatism, while Fernandez looks to challenge status quo

Tompkins challenger says he shouldn’t moderate DA debate

Should Suffolk sheriff preside over candidate forum while a candidate himself?

In AG debate, Dems play their hands 

3 candidates try to work their advantages