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

Middle class ‘slowly clawing its way back’

But in Boston, housing costs may swamp any gains

Airbnb goes inhospitable

The home-sharing site lays into Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu for her proposed restrictions

Criminal justice bill reaches finish line

Baker signs comprehensive legislation, while signaling concern with parts of it

The Ryan reverberations

Paul Ryan's departure could elevate intraparty tensions on both sides of the aisle

Boston Herald editorial page editor riddle answered

Herald Radio producer Tom Shattuck named to post

House budget proposes new re-entry spending

Advocates cheer efforts to fund recidivism reduction programs

A first take from Suffolk DA hopefuls

Henning, viewed as moderate in the race, insists he would have voted for reform bill

The Herald’s phantom editorial page

Unclear who’s running paper’s opinion page under new ownership

Has Wynn’s luck run out?

The MA Gaming Commission has a tough hand to play

With criminal justice bill passed, what about services for ex-inmates?

While state leaders talked about reducing recidivism, reentry programs to do that were being cut

Police body cameras are coming

Segun Idowu weighs in on The Codcast

Could Boncore become sleeper in crowded DA race?

A fractured primary vote could be just the thing for Winthrop pol

Student loan agency will quit national trade group

Lawmakers say MEFA shouldn't belong to group pushing to weaken consumer protections

Spilka secures votes for Senate president

Time to 'turn the page,' says budget committee chief

Another entry in Suffolk DA’s race

Rachael Rollins, former federal prosecutor and Patrick administration official, jumps in

It’s silly season — and Warren has to play along

We don’t learn much from game of presidential dodge-and-weave

Special elections ready-made for insiders

Boston state Senate race follows well-worn pattern

Conley won’t seek reelection as Suffolk DA

Boston defense attorney was preparing to launch challenge

Pressley: ‘I can’t and won’t wait my turn’

Boston city councilor kicks off congressional challenge to Capuano

SJC justices mull millionaires’ tax

Ballot question decision may hinge on whether court thinks elements are sufficiently related

Connolly to chair new Lawrence school oversight board

Former Boston city councilor founded education nonprofit following 2013 mayoral bid

Knitting together help for the homeless

Hats left on Boston Common in small gesture of warmth

Riley gets the nod as education commissioner

Board members cite his results closing achievement gaps in Lawrence

Achievement gap holds Mass. back, says former US education secretary

King says he’s a living example of the transformative potential of schools