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

Lynn’s new mayor, Jared Nicholson, vows to oversee ‘inclusive growth’

Former legal aid lawyer -- and college wrestler -- says development should benefit all 

New Bedford Light calls out silence on health care exec story

News site spotlights lack of transparency from health system, courts

SJC says Springfield mayor’s powers on policing have limits

Case will lead to five-member commission overseeing troubled department

Rollins reforms loom over Suffolk DA race

Ricardo Arroyo vows to stay on same track, while Kevin Hayden leans toward middle

What if Boston just scrapped its school committee altogether?

A provocative proposal floated as governance debate heats up

Galvin looks to grab the reformer label

With call to expand public records law, he claims to be change agent

South Coast charter school proposal withdrawn 

Application for school serving New Bedford and Fall River pulled in the face of strong opposition 

Charter school proposal roils South Coast

Plan for school serving New Bedford and Fall River with ‘early college’ focus draws praise – and pickets 

Healey’s delicate dance with labels

AG proclaims her progressive cred, but could benefit as moderate Dem

After rejection of ‘innovation’ plan, Charlestown High faces new reckoning

Struggling Boston school will be the focus of a district ‘intervention team’

Andrea Campbell announces run for attorney general

Former Boston city councilor joins growing Democratic field

Hayden eschews labels, vows to ‘do the right thing’ as DA

New Suffolk prosecutor hints at campaign launch, says justice and public safety can co-exist 

Michelle Wu’s vax dilemma

Mayor looks to be firm – without setting off war with unions 

In first campaign stop, Healey stays on script

AG sticks to broad themes, sidesteps questions on decision timeline

Healey launches run for governor

Two-term AG enters open race in strong position 

Sullivan frames secretary of state run as ‘unique moment for our democracy’

Boston NAACP president says she’d bring ‘fresh perspective' to post

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll joins surge of lieutenant governor hopefuls

Five Democrats now seeking a post with little official power 

Report slams sheriffs over campaign money from contractors, employees

Groups say a huge share of donations represent 'apparent conflict'

How Boston escaped the national spike in homicides

On-the-ground community programs, smart policing credited with bucking trend

Tompkins to face challenge from longtime sheriff’s department official

Sandy Zamor Calixte says the corrections agency needs new leadership

Trauma brought to life in powerful Globe essay

Gripping tale comes amid wave of exploration of our torturous past

CommonWealth’s most-read commentary pieces of 2021 covered the waterfront

Essays on topics from health care to history challenged our thinking on a range of issues 

Auchincloss reflects on a first year in Congress unlike most any other

Newton congressman looks to press forward amid a House divided

With new vax rules, Wu shows her regional stripes 

Boston mayor includes Greater Boston officials in policy rollout 

Charlestown High School remake proposal draws fire 

Parent group wants to see shift to ‘innovation school' with more autonomy

Wu finds a high price to being nice 

Mayor finds unexpected controversy by encouraging T riders to say hello

Edwards beats D’Ambrosio in special election primary for state Senate 

Boston city councilor rolls over Revere official with strong support from her Boston base, Winthrop, and Cambridge

State to distribute 2.1 million rapid COVID tests to hard-hit communities

Baker says administration also negotiating for ‘bulk cheap’ purchasing agreement for more tests

‘Latinx’ not the language of election victory

Poll shows new term not helpful to Democrats in wooing Latino voters

Senate showdown pits family roots against Boston councilor

D’Ambrosio, Edwards vie in special election for Senate seat vacated by Joe Boncore