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

Healey launches run for governor

Two-term AG enters open race in strong position 

Sullivan frames secretary of state run as ‘unique moment for our democracy’

Boston NAACP president says she’d bring ‘fresh perspective' to post

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll joins surge of lieutenant governor hopefuls

Five Democrats now seeking a post with little official power 

Report slams sheriffs over campaign money from contractors, employees

Groups say a huge share of donations represent 'apparent conflict'

How Boston escaped the national spike in homicides

On-the-ground community programs, smart policing credited with bucking trend

Tompkins to face challenge from longtime sheriff’s department official

Sandy Zamor Calixte says the corrections agency needs new leadership

Trauma brought to life in powerful Globe essay

Gripping tale comes amid wave of exploration of our torturous past

CommonWealth’s most-read commentary pieces of 2021 covered the waterfront

Essays on topics from health care to history challenged our thinking on a range of issues 

Auchincloss reflects on a first year in Congress unlike most any other

Newton congressman looks to press forward amid a House divided

With new vax rules, Wu shows her regional stripes 

Boston mayor includes Greater Boston officials in policy rollout 

Charlestown High School remake proposal draws fire 

Parent group wants to see shift to ‘innovation school' with more autonomy

Wu finds a high price to being nice 

Mayor finds unexpected controversy by encouraging T riders to say hello

Edwards beats D’Ambrosio in special election primary for state Senate 

Boston city councilor rolls over Revere official with strong support from her Boston base, Winthrop, and Cambridge

State to distribute 2.1 million rapid COVID tests to hard-hit communities

Baker says administration also negotiating for ‘bulk cheap’ purchasing agreement for more tests

‘Latinx’ not the language of election victory

Poll shows new term not helpful to Democrats in wooing Latino voters

Senate showdown pits family roots against Boston councilor

D’Ambrosio, Edwards vie in special election for Senate seat vacated by Joe Boncore

What does Baker’s exit mean for Mass. politics?

Former GOP chair Jennifer Nassour and Democrat Liam Kerr take stock 

A hole in the middle

With Baker out, where do moderates go? 

Baker, Polito say they won’t seek re-election

Two-term governor, LG pass on going for 3d term, ending an era

What if we didn’t shop till we drop? 

Supply chain worries underscore our compulsion to consume

Wu holds forth on policing, vaccine passports, and Walsh documentary

Fields questions in first appearance as mayor on GBH radio show 

Wu endorses Edwards in special election for state Senate

New Boston mayor looks to cash in some political capital right away

Wu proposes expanded free MBTA bus service

Mayor wants to use $8 million in federal aid to eliminate fares on 3 routes for two years

Rocky road continues at Biogen

Cambridge drug maker’s top scientist leaving

What will Boston’s new Wuniverse bring? 

Michelle Wu won big -- and set expectations high 

Wu replicates exact Menino margin and map

New mayor’s win shows same citywide reach of her former boss

Who were the winners and losers (besides the candidates)? 

The behind-the-scenes scorecard from Tuesday’s election