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

Defense attorney: Judge Sinnott ‘has no leg to stand on’

Susan Church recounts what happened before she was led away in cuffs

Disorder in the court

Judge overrules DA’s attempt to drop charges against counter-protesters

For Joe Kennedy, the urgency of now

He’s yet to articulate rationale for a Senate challenge, but that may not matter

Gronk running new pattern — hawking CBD

Former Pats star goes from beer chugger to medicine man

Corruption or advocacy?

Edwards concerned advocacy is now considered extortion

‘Methadone Mile’ problems mounting on Boston Common

City faces similar challenge at its signature public park

Encore eating into Conn., Rhode Island gambling revenue  

Everett casino pulls in nearly $50m in first full month 

‘No more real newspaper’ in Worcester

Cuts turning Telegram into a ‘ghost newspaper’

Brawls at Everett casino? You bet

3 early morning fights put spotlight on late-night liquor

Breaking down “Operation Clean Sweep”

The tension between public safety and public health

The complicated legacy of ‘broken windows’ policing 

Does it empower communities or put them under siege?

The taxing matter of education funding

Will lawmakers boost aid if it means new taxes?

Lawmakers eat away at transparency

Chinese takeout exposes stubborn public record stand

Alex Morse wants to change how Washington works

Holyoke mayor says Richie Neal wields power, but for whom?

After showdown, all systems go at New Bedford charter school

As teachers report, Alma del Mar having no problem filling seats

State calls off sale of East Boston easement rights

Bows to pressure from transportation advocates calling for comprehensive planning process

Calls grow to put brakes on Eastie land deal

MBTA control board to discuss easement bid on Monday

Ayanna Pressley, measured bomb-thrower

Boston rep straddles insider vs. outsider identity

Old friends now in Beacon Hill face-off

Back in the day, DiMasi and Galvin shared meals and State House gossip

Baker flunks driver’s license test

From ‘Gov. Fix-It’ to governor flubs it

Will Baker get on the T revenue train?

Chorus of voices grows in call for more urgent action

Riley casts vision for education change

Says 'deeper learning,' new assessments should be part of next chapter

Seaport: Boondoggle or model for future?

Coastal development vulnerable, but city says it’s ready

Nearly $1 billion funding difference in education bills

Report highlights big gains Gateway Cities would see under ‘Promise Act’

A Swift return

Former GOP governor back in Boston to helm ed tech organization

Putting standardized testing to the test

UMass Lowell’s Jack Schneider says our testing focus is damaging to schools and kids

Riley throws in towel on New Bedford charter plan  

Turns to backup plan for larger charter school in wake of Beacon Hill roadblocks