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

Will San Francisco DA recall reverberate here?

Voters in liberal haven turn against reformer

A balancing act from front-runner Healey

Winning convention endorsement for governor, she pledges progressive leadership – but not disruptive change 

For Dems, a ballot question brouhaha 

Party activists, candidates object to welcome mat for app companies

Boston submits school improvement proposal to state

Plan outlines action steps, seeks $10 million for implementation

For Boston schools, a reckoning with no simple answers

State and city look for a path forward for troubled system

Riley looking for pact with Boston, not receivership

Education commissioner says he hopes to reach agreement with Wu 

State review slams Boston schools 

Report calls for ‘bold’ action in face of continued widespread problems in district

An awkward handoff at Suffolk DA’s office

Rollins’s successor, Hayden, left to close book on police shooting cases 

Riley forcing a reckoning on Boston schools 

New review raises the possibility of state receivership

In Suffolk DA’s race, the gloves come off 

Hayden zings Arroyo (and Wu) over rival’s lack of experience

Aren’t we special? Dissecting Massachusetts exceptionalism

New book examines the state’s outsize role in US politics 

For GOP candidates, no news apparently good news 

Gov. and LG hopefuls shun forums where they can make their case

New Bedford charter school at center of 2019 battle poised to hit enrollment target 

Alma del Mar nears full enrollment 3 years after collapse of compromise proposal city leaders said would save $4 million

For Wilkerson, a looming question of culpability

Roxbury pol eyes comeback 12 years after conviction on corruption charges

Fall River high school students sing Early College program’s praises 

Baker says he’d like to have the program in every Mass. school  

Rideshare ballot showdown poses ‘unusual’ question

Tufts analysis breaks down complex employment fight

Study shows positive impact of ‘procedural justice’ police training  

Officer-resident interactions in Cambridge, 2 other cities improved, crime dropped, new research shows 

State takeover of school districts no ‘silver bullet’

Study finds no evidence of clear benefit from interventions 

A bump in State House press presence 

Pew report finds more reporters at state capitols, though fewer full-time journalists

Wu addresses need for ‘bold’ change – and why she tangles directly with critics

Boston mayor is moving fast in early months to pursue policies she’s pondered for years

Amore looks for a Republican opening 

Auditor candidate touts independence, Baker backing

Making sense of correctional spending 

Sometimes it’s ‘like throwing a dart in the dark’

Dealing with deserted downtowns now high on Baker menu 

Governor tells business breakfast things will ‘be different’ 

Markey endorses Arroyo in Suffolk DA contest

Boston city councilor has backing of both of state’s US senators 

Markey, Warren throw some political weight around

State’s US senators show unusual willingness to dive into contested primaries

A steep fall for Cannon-Grant

Activist who rocketed to prominence arrested on federal fraud charges

Think tank calls for state takeover of Boston schools

Pioneer Institute report calls receivership ‘best hope for recovery’

GOP gov hopeful Doughty taps former rep as unofficial running mate 

Wrentham businessman hopes Campanale pick will rev up campaign 

Pioneer Institute launching center to push issues in court

New nonprofit will pursue school choice cases, public records access, market regulations