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

City Councilor Andrea Campbell announces run for mayor of Boston

Addressing ‘generational inequities’ will be campaign theme

Fitchburg pinning revival hopes on arts and culture

One-time mill city looks ahead in effort to rekindle past vitality

A term limit solution to SCOTUS circus?

Sensible idea but might not end partisan warfare on court picks

Proposed Roxbury pot shop stirs debate 

Some argue it’s not what the neighborhood needs 

Report says $500 million in state education funding goes to most affluent communities

Business groups urge shifting aid from wealthier to poorer school districts

Baker looks to leverage bail controversy

Administration wants to expand ability to hold defendants before trial 

Markey trounces Kennedy in Senate primary

Veteran pol steamrolls challenger from state’s storied political family

For Methuen police chief, a rich story

Top cop earns more than most big-city chiefs -- and says he deserves more 

Angela Menino throws support behind Kennedy

Late mayor’s wife says he understands government’s role 

AOC gives Morse a homestretch boost

Ocasio-Cortez PAC throws support behind challenger to Neal

Cellucci’s daughter, grandson cut ad for Markey 

Rhys Adams, 13, persuaded his mom to join the ‘Markeyverse’  

Baker-linked PAC backs 13 Dems, 4 Republicans in primary battles

Spends nearly $94,000, with 53% going to 2 Governor’s Council races

Markey’s remarkable reinvention

Senate contest upends conventional thinking 

DA seeks bail increase after learning nonprofit fund would pay it 

Advocates call move step backwards for efforts to make system fairer to the poor 

The content of their character

With broad agreement on issues, Senate race gets personal

In Allston-Brighton rep race, a progressive showdown  

Activist Jordan Meehan gives Kevin Honan his first challenge in 34 years

Progressive Chelsea challenger puts Boston state rep to the test 

Vidot says times call for bolder action; Ryan claims pragmatic steps forward

House candidate exit puts spotlight on ranked-choice voting

Cavell endorses Mermell, says he didn’t want to play spoiler to Auchincloss’s benefit 

Bail fund now facing heat

Some supporters back away after rape arrest

Globe ed page editor grills House candidate the paper endorsed

Auchincloss faces tough questioning after endorsement ruckus

Mail-in ballots now central feature of election

After questioning their legitimacy, Trump suddenly a fan -- in Florida

Boston city councilor urges BU, Northeastern not to bring students back

Bok calls plans for campus reopenings this fall a public health threat 

Pandemic scrambles the campaign playbook

It’s July -- and time to get out the vote 

Masking your political views

Whole Foods case raises classic free speech debate

Baker concerned about feds ending CDC’s coronavirus data role

Governor expresses worry about sudden shift by Trump administration

DeVos’s U-turn on local control of schools

Ed secretary echoes Trump call for schools to reopen

Michael Curry: Waging a duel-front war on the pandemic and racism

Veteran NAACP leader works to stabilize health centers while championing racial justice