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

Pressley leads changing of the guard

Pressley leads changing of the guard

Defeat of Capuano ushers in new face of Democrats

CHANGE HAMMERED ON US Rep. Michael Capuano’s door at about 9:15 Tuesday night after making the rounds at a few other stops. It couldn’t wait. For Ayanna Pressley, the 44-year-old Boston City Councilor who defeated the 10-term incumbent by a surprisingly wide 59 to 41 margin, the result justified the politically risky decision she made(...)

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Liberal groups boost Sanchez challenger

Liberal groups boost Sanchez challenger

Backing for Elugardo has House budget chairman running scared

IF THERE IS a campaign equivalent to the see-through pane in front of a fire alarm marked, “In case of emergency, break glass,” Jeff Sanchez has put his fist through it. Two weeks ago, the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee pulled together a group of local community leaders in Jamaica Plain(...)

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Palfrey and Tingle on the quest to be the Dems’ No. 2

Palfrey and Tingle on the quest to be the Dems’ No. 2

LG candidates bring very different backgrounds to primary race

WHEN THE SUBJECT of the lieutenant governor’s office comes up, there’s an old saw in Massachusetts political circles that is offered to explain its place in the state’s political firmament: There once was a woman who had two sons. One was lost at sea, the other became lieutenant governor, and neither was ever heard from(...)

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The law-and-order candidate – with a twist

The law-and-order candidate – with a twist

Suffolk DA hopeful Henning reaches out to those he helped lock up

AT A TIME when talk of criminal justice reform is in the air, Greg Henning looks like the face of the status quo. One of five candidates in the Democratic primary for the open Suffolk County district attorney’s seat, Henning has spent a decade as a prosecutor in the office, most recently directing its gang(...)

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Are the parties over?

Are the parties over?

Independents continue to grow as share of electorate

IT’S A TREND that’s been underway for years, and it may only accelerate. For all the talk of the enduring strength of the two-party system, voters unaligned with any party make up the largest — and a growing — share of the Massachusetts electorate. The Globe reports that the share of “unenrolled” or independent voters(...)

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Triple-A duel: Zimbalist vs. Matheson

Triple-A duel: Zimbalist vs. Matheson

Economists argue the merits of Worcester’s minor league stadium

ANDREW ZIMBALIST HAS made a name for himself as a leading critic of public spending on private sports enterprises. The Smith College economist has long been one of the most prominent voices of skepticism about publicly financed sports stadiums, and Zimbalist was outspoken on what he considered the folly of Boston’s pursuit of the 2024(...)

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All the president’s mess

All the president’s mess

It was a bad day for Trump, but how bad is far from clear

IT’S ABSURD to think a president could ever be impeached for lying about sex. Or so was the prevailing wisdom until it happened in 1998 to Bill Clinton. Twenty years later the specter of another such chapter is suddenly not that far-fetched. It’s too soon to know where things are heading, but it’s hardly rushing(...)

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Charter battle heats up in New Bedford

Charter battle heats up in New Bedford

Mayor Mitchell says expansion would be devastating to city schools

THINK THE BATTLE over charter schools in Massachusetts is over? Think again. Voters may have soundly defeated a ballot question two years ago to raise the cap on charters, but there is plenty of room in some communities under the existing cap to add more charter school seats. One of them is New Bedford, where(...)

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Progressive leaders rally behind Sanchez

Progressive leaders rally behind Sanchez

House budget chief looks to blunt challenge from his left

FACING A FEISTY challenge from his political left, state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez turned to progressive community leaders on Tuesday to vouch for his liberal bona fides, the latest sign that the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee isn’t taking for granted that his powerful perch on Beacon Hill is a guarantee of reelection(...)

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