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

Advocates blocked from having lawyers at police meeting about missing East Boston woman 

Boston police now say they’ll hold another session with Lawyers for Civil Rights 

On education reform, Tom Birmingham stuck to his guns 

Liberal Democrat found common cause with libertarian-leaning Pioneer Institute on school policy 

Ashmont Grill offered a healthy serving of community-building

Dorchester restaurant that jump-started revitalization to close after 18 years

Summer jobs for youth pay off

Study shows boost in graduation rates

Citing increasingly toxic climate, Michelle Wu turns away from Twitter

Boston mayor who relished online engagement as 'wutrain' says it’s become too divisive 

Poll shows parents not grasping scope of learning losses

Most think children academically at grade level when data say otherwise 

Companies are talking up politics – but is it mostly hot air? 

Tufts political scientist Eitan Hersh says ‘political hobbyism’ now infecting the workplace

CommonWealth commentary pieces in 2022 poked at conventional wisdom and those in power 

From taking on public health messaging on COVID to blistering ‘Warren Democrats,’ opinion writers challenged our thinking 

For Southbridge schools, a long slog with some glimmers of hope 

State-appointed receiver tells state board sustained improvement is goal  

Charlie Baker to helm the NCAA

Two-term governor -- and one-time college hoopster -- will oversee 500,000 college athletes

Study says Boston schools may face ‘fiscal cliff’ 

Enrollment decline putting pressure on district spending 

A call for universal rental housing assistance

Report outlines ambitious $3.2 billion plan to ensure housing stability

Study says COVID vaccine mandates for university students causing ‘net harm’

Requirements should be repealed 'immediately,' say researchers, citing unfavorable benefit-to-risk data

Hints of Healey education plans 

Driscoll says focus on college and career pathways ‘very much aligned’ with incoming administration’s thinking

Urine trouble, said prosecutors. SJC flushes charges. 

Court ruling turns on 1851 law’s idea of what’s 'noxious or filthy'

Regional transit authorities offer free bus service for holidays

State grant enables 15 RTAs to go fare-free through end of the year

Legendary campaign footsoldier heading to the House

Westborough’s Kate Donaghue will be a first-term rep – with decades of political experience

Healey announces transition committee chairs

Gov.-elect charges six panels with producing 'action-oriented deliverables'

Trump is back – but under a much harsher media glare

Coverage of campaign launch characterized by blunt truths 

The coming dynamics of one-party rule on Beacon Hill a question mark

Vennochi says campaign light on issues makes it hard to know how Healey and lawmakers will get along 

One-party rule returns to Beacon Hill

Will the Democratic ‘trifecta’ bring harmony or infighting? 

Election winners and losers 

What the results said about some of those on – and not on – the ballot 

A sudden flash of the ‘Troubles’ and Boston’s tribal past 

Dorchester city councilor accuses Protestant colleague of anti-Catholic bias 

Good news and bad on community college transfers 

Study finds increase for higher-income students, but no change for lower-income 

Baker-linked super PAC takes aim at DiZoglio on LGBT issues

Group with close ties to governor spending big to boost Amore