Shira Schoenberg

Reporter, CommonWealth

About Shira Schoenberg

Shira Schoenberg is a reporter at CommonWealth magazine. Shira previously worked for more than seven years at the Springfield Republican/MassLive.com where she covered state politics and elections, covering topics as diverse as the launch of the legal marijuana industry, problems with the state's foster care system and the elections of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Charlie Baker. Shira won the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2018 award for Excellence in Legal Journalism and has had several stories win awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Shira covered the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary for the Boston Globe. Before that, she worked for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, where she wrote about state government, City Hall and Barack Obama's 2008 New Hampshire primary campaign. Shira holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

About Shira Schoenberg

Shira Schoenberg is a reporter at CommonWealth magazine. Shira previously worked for more than seven years at the Springfield Republican/MassLive.com where she covered state politics and elections, covering topics as diverse as the launch of the legal marijuana industry, problems with the state's foster care system and the elections of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Charlie Baker. Shira won the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2018 award for Excellence in Legal Journalism and has had several stories win awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Shira covered the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary for the Boston Globe. Before that, she worked for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, where she wrote about state government, City Hall and Barack Obama's 2008 New Hampshire primary campaign. Shira holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Stories by Shira Schoenberg

Hoping to deliver at a Massachusetts birth center? Good luck.

Planned closure of North Shore facility will leave just one birthing center in the state

Mass. police surveillance case could go to Supreme Court

ACLU asks: Should warrants be required for ‘pole cameras?’

Congress starts considering marijuana legalization

Interstate commerce raises questions for Massachusetts

Baker again clashes with lawmakers on abortion-related law

Signs $3.76b economic development bill, vetoes crisis pregnancy campaign

Baker, Healey pledge smooth transition of power

Despite party differences, both stress collaboration

Election winners and losers 

What the results said about some of those on – and not on – the ballot 

Healey elected first female, gay Massachusetts governor 

Democrats take control of all constitutional offices in historic election 

Lawsuit seeks to recoup stolen food benefits

State, feds won’t repay households after thefts 

Galvin predicts low turnout in low-intensity election 

Says ballot questions provoking more interest than candidates 

Healey says tax relief a priority on ‘day one’

Democrat generally supports Baker’s tax package proposal

Lawmakers strip tax breaks out of $3.7b spending agreement 

Economic development legislation moving in informal sessions 

Baker signs bill curbing step therapy

Insurers limited in forcing patients to try cheaper drugs

Why are Black teens more likely to be arrested?

Report digs into juvenile justice racial disparities

Could Massachusetts become a cannabis research hub? 

Not without more federal and state support, experts say 

Suburbs stymie new housing growth

Report finds construction confined to small group of municipalities

On target: ed reform money reaching poorer districts

New state aid flowing to needier systems, as intended, while 141 districts see only minimum increase

An opportunity to make cannabis industry more equitable

Advisory board will make recommendations for Social Equity fund

LGBTQ prison abolition group split by racism accusations 

Firing of Black staff member at center of acrimony-filled rift   

Step therapy bill moving in informal sessions

Passage still uncertain as insurer concerns remain

Trulieve defends response to worker’s death

Says Lorna McMurrey was offered paid time off

Cannabis regulators confirm agency was told quickly of worker’s death

Investigation into Trulieve conditions began before Lorna McMurrey’s passing

Cannabis commissioners learned ‘through the media’ about Holyoke death

Company says regulatory staff were notified immediately of incident at cultivation facility

Marijuana regulators grapple with chair’s former company ownership 

Cannabis commission postpones decision on Greenfield Greenery