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

Despite $10m campaign, ranked-choice voting defeated

Republicans, including Gov. Baker, had opposed electoral switch

Trump or Biden? Big impact looms on state budget, health care, immigration

Billions of federal dollars for Mass. could hinge on presidential election results

Mail-in voting may be here to stay

Tweaks may be needed to improve process

Op-ed on union power decried as ‘racist’

Groups call on Pioneer Institute’s Charles Chieppo to resign

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home staffers tell their stories

Many say morale remains low; lots of vacant positions

Historic homes struggle to reopen in COVID-compliant way

With small spaces and little ventilation, many sites remain closed

Sudders warns of future nursing home closures

Says those that survive the pandemic may be higher quality

Are we changed forever by the pandemic?

Some impacts, only glimpsed now, could have long-term effects

MassHealth enrollment surges during pandemic 

Sudders worries about ‘fiscal cliff’ in 2022 

The two sides of ranked-choice voting

Upgrade to democracy, or a ‘false majority?’

Museums refocus and reinvent to survive COVID 

Capacity limits, declining attendance are hurting revenue  

US attorney establishes new civil rights task force 

Federal, state and local law enforcement pledge to prosecute civil rights violations 

Pandemic forcing exodus of women from workforce

Lack of childcare forcing many to step back from jobs

Baker budget packed with policy proposals

Some deal with pressing matters; other unlikely to go anywhere

Despite pandemic, Baker proposes higher spending

Total expenditures more than what he proposed pre-COVID in January

Baker unveils $171m in eviction assistance

Rep seeking moratorium extension calls funding ‘woefully inadequate’

Is menthol cigarette ban still a smart move?

Tax take falls $32m in Mass., rises in neighboring states

Economists offer dire projections for state revenues

DOR: Tax take will be down at least $1.2b compared to last year