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

The quiet fortitude of Bob Moses

Civil rights icon bridged the struggles for voting rights and education 

‘Going in the wrong direction’

Virus variant taking hold as millions remain unvaccinated

Dorchester Youth Collaborative reopens — under new agency

Shuttered outreach program joins up with Mission Hill nonprofit 

Are exam schools really an academic promised land? 

Studies suggest students don’t do any better by attending ‘elite’ academies

Breakthrough cases bad for vaccine messaging

State reluctantly coughs up data on infections among those inoculated

Insurers put squeeze on Biogen Alzheimer’s drug

Blockbuster treatment approval came against advisory panel urgings

Santiago drops out of Boston mayor’s race

South End state rep is first candidate to exit the contest

Chang-Diaz emphasizes the urgency of now

In launching bid for governor, lawmaker says she brings record of 'speaking truth to power’ 

Boston School Committee votes to extend superintendent’s contract

Cassellius granted two-year extension as district digs out from pandemic shutdown

Brockton looks to jump-start economy with free weekend bus service

Effort part of city’s ‘Open for Business’ initiative

Mayoral candidates divided on extending Boston superintendent’s contract 

School committee faces deadline this week on Cassellius’s future 

Baker, Healey watch as field for governor forms

Governor holding fundraiser tonight with Polito

Chang-Diaz launches run for governor

Liberal lawmaker becomes third Democrat in the race

State ed board approves vocational school admission changes

New regulations aimed at strengthening equity in enrollment patterns

For Rollins, it’s full speed ahead

Awaiting word on US attorney job, it’s business as usual for blunt-talking DA

Coalition says proposed voc school admission changes don’t go far enough 

Groups urge state education board to remove ‘discriminatory’ barriers to access 

Will Mass. follow Connecticut in ending charges for prisoner phone calls? 

Advocates say exorbitant costs work against efforts to maintain ties 

What happened to Mikayla Miller?

Nearly two months after teen's death, case that has inflamed passions remains open 

Mass. GOP shootout in a lifeboat continues

With barely a toehold in state politics, party infighting rages 

Study finds big payoff for community college

Large rewards seen in labor market, program completion key

Withholding Boston School Committee texts backfires

City left scrambling to explain why records weren’t provided

Capping months of drama, Janey fires White

Acting mayor says commissioner not fit to lead police department

In progressive field, Essaibi George stands out 

New poll suggests moderates coalescing around at-large city councilor

White says he told Walsh about domestic violence allegations 

Embattled police commissioner releases affidavit on eve of city dismissal hearing 

Essaibi George vies for mayor as ‘Boston girl’ with immigrant roots

At-large city councilor calls herself ‘pragmatic and practical’ politician

Appeals Court rejects White petition, clearing way for Janey to fire him

Embattled Boston police commissioner exhausts legal channels to block dismissal

Ambassador Claire Cronin? Join the club.

Rep would follow rich history of envoys to Ireland from Massachusetts

Judge stays her order on Boston police commissioner

Ruling allows White to take his case to Appeals Court

Lots of academic catch-up needed, say K-12 parents

Poll points to big schooling challenges ahead for next year

Judge sides with city and denies White’s bid to block firing

Boston police commissioner asks for 'robust' public hearing by city with witnesses