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

For DeLeo, slow, steady — and firm — were the watchwords  

Long-serving speaker maintained an orderly House, to praise and scorn  

With police bill, compromise was the key

Legislature and Baker forced to make a deal 

Holmes says he will run for speaker

Mattapan rep decries closed-door centralization of power in House

Can there be a DC return to ‘normality’?

Republicans finally recognize election result

Baker’s deliberate mixed message on COVID-19

Governor hails vaccine arrival, while urging against Christmas gatherings

Katherine Clark’s fast rise in the House 

Mass. congresswoman takes disciplined approach to power and politics 

Tortured charter school building battle takes a new turn 

Roxbury Prep says it will also explore other sites   

Will people get a second COVID-19 vaccine?

Follow through not always great on two-dose immunizations

Vaccination catch-22 in black community

Hard hit by COVID, but mistrustful of medicine

In Hingham, a welcome to (well-heeled) black residents

Local effort wants racial, but not economic, diversity

Trump made gains in urban areas of Mass. 

Despite statewide shellacking, president narrowed margins in cities

Union urging ‘no confidence’ votes in ed commish Riley

MTA dials up heat over state push for in-person learning

Mass GOP jumps on unfounded election ‘fraud’ bandwagon 

Party chairman seeks donations to help Trump fight ‘funny business’ 

Baker really is a RINO

Latest jab at Trump and national Republicans underscores gulf with his party

Biden trumps Trump

Veteran Democrat elected 46th president; Harris will be first woman VP  

One place Trump gained in Mass.: heavily Latino cities 

Pattern fits national bump in Latino vote for Republican president 

Blue wave rolls across state 

Democrats hope for down-ballot gains to add to lopsided dominance in Legislature

Shots fired — at cars and the media

Back Bay gunfire draws coverage that’s rare in other Boston neighborhoods

For Catholic schools, class is in session — and in person 

Boston parochial schools appear to have reopened safely this fall. Why can’t public schools, Baker asks?

Biden’s lead has supporters…worried

Polling and politics down the homestretch

Coalition to press state ed leaders on vocational school admissions

Groups say selective entry standards unfairly exclude poor and minority students

The COVID body count continues

Higher Mass. death rate defies simple explanation

Republican challenger struggles for foothold in ‘purple’ Andover-based rep district

Democrat who ousted GOP state leader Lyons two years ago enjoys big cash advantage

Boston to consider awarding exam school seats by neighborhood

School committee will consider major shift in entry standards 

Biden the clear choice (say newspaper editorials)

In race with few undecideds, endorsement impact probably limited

Debate is the latest norm Trump shatters

President anything but presidential in first face-off

Michelle Wu’s personal path to politics

Mayoral candidate saw the ways government matters at ground level