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

Sweden’s coronavirus gamble

Will the country’s half-step measures pay off or backfire?

Reopening plans remain big question mark

Baker names panel to come up with a way forward

Coronavirus spotlights unease with end-of-life issues

Pandemic leading to difficult conversations in overstressed ICUs

Coronavirus campus unrest 

Pandemic is walloping higher ed at the worst moment 

Baker’s ‘test and trace’ gambit

Will contact tracing help get the state up and running?

Mass. ed guidance scores well in MIT report

Author says people are 'underestimating of how difficult this is'

Blacks account for high share of Boston COVID-19 cases

Walsh vows to focus efforts on communities hardest hit

Rollins: Lock him up

Suffolk DA draws the line on inmate releases

Antiviral drug ‘may have clinical benefit’ on COVID-19, study says 

Doctors caution that results of uncontrolled trial are far from proof of effectiveness

Ventilators are life-savers, but questions loom about survival rates

Mass. doctors hopeful they’ll see better outcomes than China and other locations

Coronavirus disproportionately hitting blacks and Latinos

Poverty, underlying health status seen contributing to high disease burden

Virus notes: Budget roundtable tripped up by livestream failure 

Lottery sales tanking; unemployment pay for gig workers still on hold

The coronavirus is expanding the safety net

Will aid to workers lead to long-term change?  

Virus notes: Unusually high amount of deaths in Franklin Cty

Holyoke vet death toll rises; Dickson, wife donate salaries

For Trump, cameras leave no room for social distancing

White House briefings offer picture of what not to do

SJC rules against district court judge in indigent defense case

Justices agree attorney pay is key, but leave remedy to Legislature 

Keeping the faith in the coronavirus era

From online bedtime stories to check-ins with 500 seniors

Safety net hospitals, health centers teetering on the brink

Pandemic is choking revenue flow to providers on the front lines

The virus’s toll on democracy

Signature-gathering perilous in face of pandemic

Harvard’s Bacow, wife test positive for COVID-19

‘Neither of us knows how we contracted the virus,’ he says

Those on margins will bear brunt of virus toll

BU public health dean decries inequities the pandemic is exposing

An economy put in a ‘medically-induced coma’

UMass Dartmouth’s Michael Goodman takes stock of what we're up against

Poll shows Mass. residents bracing for crisis to worsen

Nearly half think disruption will last 2 months or longer

The vote goes on

Biden goes 3 for 3 in primaries overshadowed by pandemic

In virus battle, health providers charge into harm’s way

Baker relaxes licensing rules to allow for reinforcements

Virus notes: Boston construction grinds to halt

State House closing to visitors; schools closing, meals continuing

State to assert new oversight of Boston schools 

Partnership with city follows harsh report on district failings