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

3 finalists named for state education commissioner

Field narrowed to Lawrence schools receiver and state officials from New York and Texas

A birthday reckoning

The state's landmark ed reform bill turns 25 this year. It launched Mass. to the top of the class -- but has not been the 'great equalizer' some hoped for.

Rosenberg denies Senate meddling by Hefner

Beacon Hill leader mum on sexual assault charges, says husband seeking treatment for ‘alcohol dependence’

An exercise in democracy or a crapshoot?

With 12 candidates, Democratic race for 3d Congressional District may showcase election system flaws

Oversight of Lawrence schools shifting to state-appointed board

Riley leaving after six years, may seek state education commissioner’s post

House criminal justice bill seen taking up broad reform

Rushing says bill likely to tackle many areas of the system

Health Policy Commission pans Partners-Mass. Eye & Ear deal

Report finds higher costs likely from proposed acquisition

The mantra in Boston mayoral races: lean left

Tough terrain for a ‘progressive’ challenger

Anti-violence funds jeopardized by House-Senate flap

Senate balks at funding program in supplemental budget

Scores drop on new, more rigorous MCAS

State officials say results highlight need to raise expectations

Brownsberger’s big tent

Senator woos supporters and skeptics at rally for criminal justice bill

Trading gangs and guns for a future

Can we get young men to give up the dead-end life of the streets?

Challenging DeLeo

House speaker facing a revolt from the outside

Middlesex DA Ryan backs mandatory minimum repeal 

Joins Suffolk’s Conley in supporting parts of Senate bill

Senate goes big on criminal justice bill

Sweeping proposal would touch most parts of system

Hospital care shifting to high-cost medical centers

‘Troubling’ trends following mergers have health commission worried

Mass. rating plan deemed unfair to high-poverty schools

Report faults state system for not using ‘growth’ as bigger factor

Tired of waiting, Dempsey exits House for lobbying firm

Decision indicates DeLeo is not retiring anytime soon

ACLU campaign to spotlight crucial role of DAs

Poll shows many voters don’t believe criminal justice system is working fairly

Progressive politics from the ground up

With the election of Donald Trump, progressive federalism’s moment may have arrived

Changing of the guard

Jessica Tang says she’ll bring a different style, but no change in values, as the new president of the Boston Teachers Union

Galvin won’t cooperate with Trump voter fraud panel

Voter information is not a public record, says spokesman

Fear and loathing on Haverhill school vote

Charter school at the center of charged debate

Tito Jackson’s address? It’s complicated

Boston mayoral candidate is both a Roxbury and Dorchester guy

Boston teachers union will welcome Chaffee

National Teacher of the Year to be invited to speak to members

Mass. teachers union snubs National Teacher of the Year

Votes down motion congratulating Dorchester charter school teacher

Few answers on corrections spending  

Baker, sheriffs offer muted explanations for findings