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

Has Wynn’s luck run out?

Has Wynn’s luck run out?

The MA Gaming Commission has a tough hand to play

It was a good run for Wynn Resorts, the gambling behemoth that landed the big prize in the state’s casino sweepstakes when it was awarded the one license to run a casino (i.e., print money) in the Boston region. But as the company moguls well know, luck is fickle thing. Indeed, their entire business model(...)

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With criminal justice bill passed, what about services for ex-inmates?

With criminal justice bill passed, what about services for ex-inmates?

While state leaders talked about reducing recidivism, reentry programs to do that were being cut

LAWMAKERS PASSED A long-awaited, comprehensive criminal justice reform bill on Wednesday. But to fully realize its widely touted goal of reducing recidivism they will need to back some of the statutory changes and reform rhetoric with tangible resources. That was the message at a Boston City Council hearing on inmate reentry convened on Tuesday night(...)

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Police body cameras are coming

Police body cameras are coming

Segun Idowu weighs in on The Codcast

It’s been a long march for the Boston Police Camera Action Team, but nearly four years after the community-based group set out to push Boston police to have officers deployed with body-worn cameras it looks like victory is in sight. In recent days, Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner Bill Evans have both signaled that(...)

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Could Boncore become sleeper in crowded DA race?

Could Boncore become sleeper in crowded DA race?

A fractured primary vote could be just the thing for Winthrop pol

THE OPEN RACE for Suffolk County district attorney is attracting a crowd, with five Democrats already in the hunt and several others still mulling a run for the post, which veteran prosecutor Dan Conley is giving up after 16 years in office. The newest name to surface: state Sen. Joe Boncore, who said yesterday that(...)

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Student loan agency will quit national trade group

Student loan agency will quit national trade group

Lawmakers say MEFA shouldn't belong to group pushing to weaken consumer protections

A MASSACHUSETTS STATE AGENCY in charge of making student loans found itself under fire on Wednesday for belonging to a national association that supports a move by the Trump administration to preempt state laws that protect student borrowers from unscrupulous practices by lenders and loan servicing firms. The agency played down the suggestion that it(...)

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Spilka secures votes for Senate president

Spilka secures votes for Senate president

Time to 'turn the page,' says budget committee chief

SENATE WAYS AND MEANS Committee chairwoman Karen Spilka has secured the votes to become the next Senate president, according to State House sources. Spilka, an Ashland Democrat, was one of four senators to express interest in taking the reins after Stan Rosenberg stepped down from the post last year amidst controversy over allegations that his husband(...)

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Another entry in Suffolk DA’s race

Another entry in Suffolk DA’s race

Rachael Rollins, former federal prosecutor and Patrick administration official, jumps in

THE RACE FOR Suffolk County district attorney is getting more crowded. Rachael Rollins, an attorney with a broad resume ranging from work as a federal prosecutor to general counsel to Massport and both the MBTA and the state transportation department, said she will seek the Democratic nomination for the post. Veteran Suffolk DA Dan Conley announced(...)

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It’s silly season — and Warren has to play along

It’s silly season — and Warren has to play along

We don’t learn much from game of presidential dodge-and-weave

THE TALK ABOUT the 2020 presidential campaign seems to be kicking into gear — and it’s getting tiresome already. It’s not the effort to try to divine the dynamics of an election that’s more than two-and-half years away that is most absurd — though that surely qualifies, too. What’s truly grating is the cat-and-mouse drama(...)

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Berkshire DA says exit aimed at helping top aide win post

Berkshire DA says exit aimed at helping top aide win post

Move short-circuits chance for open race for seat

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless are coming under fire for setting up a behind-the-scenes hand-off of the DA’s post to the office’s first assistant. On Thursday, Capeless made the surprise announcement that he was stepping down after 14 years in office. But he made an even more surprising admission about(...)

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Special elections ready-made for insiders

Special elections ready-made for insiders

Boston state Senate race follows well-worn pattern

THE CANDIDATES ARE off and running in the short sprint to the April 3 special election primary to fill the state Senate seat vacated in late January by Linda Forry. The race is sure to generate some excitement for political junkies, but it could also be seen as grounds for some unease and misgivings about(...)

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