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

Diehl reverts to form

Diehl reverts to form

An upcoming fundraiser plays to Diehl's Trumpian base

When Geoff Diehl worked his way to a second-ballot endorsement for US Senate by the state Republican Party at its convention last month, some wondered where the fire-breathing Trump supporter went. The Whitman state rep who co-chaired Trump’s Massachusetts campaign never mentioned the man in the White House in his speech to delegates. It felt,(...)

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Senate calls for ed funding formula revamp

Senate calls for ed funding formula revamp

Lawmakers say the state is not making good on promise of 1993 reform law

STATE OFFICIALS ARE marking the 25th anniversary of the landmark 1993 education reform law with a statewide set of events being held under the banner “Leading the Nation,” a reference to the top performance of Massachusetts students on national achievement tests. But the boasts and bows are colliding with an inconvenient truth: The state’s students(...)

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West Station wrangling

West Station wrangling

Transit advocates say building the station now will influence future development

IT’S PLAYING OUT as a classic chicken and egg situation. State officials say calls for a commuter rail station in the area of Allston being developed by Harvard as a major life sciences research hub are premature. They want to leave room for a station at the site, but are eyeing a possible opening in(...)

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Comity club

Comity club

Capuano, Pressley largely in sync at forum on race issues

WHAT IF THEY gave a war and nobody came? That call for peace was invoked during protests against the Vietnam War, but it could also describe the first campaign forum featuring Rep. Michael Capuano and his Democratic primary challenger, Ayanna Pressley. The session on racial justice, held Friday night at Roxbury Community College, gave voters their(...)

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50 years of walking for hunger

50 years of walking for hunger

'Food insecurity' on the rise in Mass. as annual walk approaches

This Sunday marks the 50th annual Walk for Hunger, the massive fundraising event put on by Boston-based Project Bread to support food pantries and other programs. The event draws thousands of people, who gather pledges and then set out on the 20-mile course that steps off from Boston Common and makes its way to Newton(...)

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Rosenberg on the outs

Rosenberg on the outs

Leaders on Beacon Hill call for Stan Rosenberg to resign

He’s already been banished to a basement office. The question now is whether the next move for Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be out the State House door. The long-awaited report of the Senate Committee on Ethics was released Wednesday, and it landed like a ton of bricks on the chamber’s one-time president, who spent nearly(...)

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Report: Rosenberg failed to protect Senate from his spouse

Report: Rosenberg failed to protect Senate from his spouse

Committee finds no rules violations, recommends barring former Senate president from leadership positions

THE SENATE ETHICS COMMITTEE concluded on Wednesday that Sen. Stanley Rosenberg did not violate any of the chamber’s rules but nevertheless demonstrated a “significant failure of judgment and leadership” when he failed “to protect the Senate from his husband, whom he knew was disruptive, volatile, and abusive.” The committee recommended that Rosenberg be barred from(...)

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The Codcast: Freeland rips UMass Amherst-Mt. Ida deal

The Codcast: Freeland rips UMass Amherst-Mt. Ida deal

Richard Freeland sits down to discuss his concerns with Commonwealth Magazine

Richard Freeland is a man of careful thought and measured words. That made it noteworthy when the former state higher education commissioner and president emeritus of Northeastern University appeared at a recent hearing of the state Board of Higher Education and blasted the announcement that the University of Massachusetts Amherst planned to buy the Newton(...)

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Baker rolls to GOP endorsement

Baker rolls to GOP endorsement

But will face unwelcome primary challenge from conservative pastor

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER offered up enough red meat to cheer a conservative-leaning crowd of Republican delegates at his party’s state convention — before he heads out on the campaign trail to peddle the more mixed menu that appeals to the large swath of moderate voters he’ll need to win reelection in November. Baker was resoundingly(...)

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Capuano, Pressley tout assets with soft touch

Capuano, Pressley tout assets with soft touch

For each, pushing their strong suit carries risk

It usually goes without saying that candidates look to play to their strengths and highlight what makes them stand apart from rivals in a race. But sometimes those strengths have to be showcased more in the form of a delicate dance than by hitting voters over the head with them. That’s what seems to be(...)

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