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

Walsh, council in budget showdown

Boston city councilors demand spending changes on eve of vote 

Growing race, class gaps in college graduation rates 

Study finds MCAS scores largely explain long-term income trends for college grads

Feeling the moment after Floyd killing

Patrick says policy reforms will flow from genuine grappling with race issues

Boston University faculty wary of return to classroom

Petition launched asking for option to conduct courses online

Walsh goes from shoo-in to hot seat

Boston mayor scrambles to stay ahead of curve

Sparks fly in Markey-Kennedy debate

Candidates try to tarnish each other’s progressive credentials 

Protesting the George Floyd killing: A moment or a movement?

‘It feels like we’re on the cusp of something’ 

Rollins, Boston police union clash

Union reps rip DA comments on police killings

Markey and Kennedy mix it up in Senate debate 

Coronavirus, police violence, and leadership issue dominate face-off 

Virus upends commuting attitudes, plans

Residents keen on working from home, says new poll

Walsh says governing has become about ‘life and death’

‘I do not think the worst is behind us,’ mayor says

Higher ed leaders say resilience and change will be key 

Area presidents ponder the future with many unknowns in the air

Mass. GOP takes a pounding

Dems snag two Senate seats from shrinking Republican Party

The man in the middle 

For Baker, the center is comfortable -- and popular -- ground

Class warfare: School status for the fall unclear

Uncertainty is the watchword with the virus in charge

Mentoring kids — from a distance 

Dorchester anti-violence mainstay finds ways to keep at it  

Voc-tech woes continue at Boston’s Madison Park

Leadership turnover at troubled school is the one constant

Sweden’s coronavirus gamble

Will the country’s half-step measures pay off or backfire?

Reopening plans remain big question mark

Baker names panel to come up with a way forward

Coronavirus spotlights unease with end-of-life issues

Pandemic leading to difficult conversations in overstressed ICUs

Coronavirus campus unrest 

Pandemic is walloping higher ed at the worst moment 

Baker’s ‘test and trace’ gambit

Will contact tracing help get the state up and running?

Mass. ed guidance scores well in MIT report

Author says people are 'underestimating of how difficult this is'