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

Baker plays catch-up on vaccines, masks

Governor reverses course on state workers, school reopening

Where the pandemic buck stops

Mass Reboot wraps up with look at role of government

Poll shows strong support for school mask mandate

81% of residents favor requiring face coverings when school resumes 

On gig economy ballot question, both sides are brawl-in

Early dust-ups are clear sign of the bruising battle to come 

Boston teachers union takes lead in embracing vaccine mandates

Tang says ‘the facts and the science’ can’t be ignored

Can we hold off a return to carmageddon?

Transit advocates urge action on MBTA fare structures

A call for mayoral candidates to address gun violence 

Minister says ongoing plague of shootings ignored amid overall crime drop 

Janey invokes slavery, birtherism in rejecting vax mandates

Opponents criticize her bid to make vaccine proof a race issue

Lawsuit says DOC accused lawyers, inmates based faulty drug test 

Test for cannabinoid residue on prison mail called ‘less accurate than witchcraft’ 

Report rips Boston police handling of Rose case

Faults system for lack of timely internal probe that might have led to officer's termination 

Janey hands out the goodies

Free bus service could be a campaign boon 

The quiet fortitude of Bob Moses

Civil rights icon bridged the struggles for voting rights and education 

‘Going in the wrong direction’

Virus variant taking hold as millions remain unvaccinated

Dorchester Youth Collaborative reopens — under new agency

Shuttered outreach program joins up with Mission Hill nonprofit 

Are exam schools really an academic promised land? 

Studies suggest students don’t do any better by attending ‘elite’ academies

Breakthrough cases bad for vaccine messaging

State reluctantly coughs up data on infections among those inoculated

Insurers put squeeze on Biogen Alzheimer’s drug

Blockbuster treatment approval came against advisory panel urgings

Santiago drops out of Boston mayor’s race

South End state rep is first candidate to exit the contest

Chang-Diaz emphasizes the urgency of now

In launching bid for governor, lawmaker says she brings record of 'speaking truth to power’ 

Boston School Committee votes to extend superintendent’s contract

Cassellius granted two-year extension as district digs out from pandemic shutdown

Brockton looks to jump-start economy with free weekend bus service

Effort part of city’s ‘Open for Business’ initiative

Mayoral candidates divided on extending Boston superintendent’s contract 

School committee faces deadline this week on Cassellius’s future 

Baker, Healey watch as field for governor forms

Governor holding fundraiser tonight with Polito

Chang-Diaz launches run for governor

Liberal lawmaker becomes third Democrat in the race

State ed board approves vocational school admission changes

New regulations aimed at strengthening equity in enrollment patterns

For Rollins, it’s full speed ahead

Awaiting word on US attorney job, it’s business as usual for blunt-talking DA

Coalition says proposed voc school admission changes don’t go far enough 

Groups urge state education board to remove ‘discriminatory’ barriers to access 

Will Mass. follow Connecticut in ending charges for prisoner phone calls? 

Advocates say exorbitant costs work against efforts to maintain ties 

What happened to Mikayla Miller?

Nearly two months after teen's death, case that has inflamed passions remains open 

Mass. GOP shootout in a lifeboat continues

With barely a toehold in state politics, party infighting rages