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

House votes to strengthen control of health system expansions

Move comes as Mass General Brigham pursues controversial growth in suburbs

Rural towns seek money to repay broadband debt

Run into limits on how federal COVID funds can be used

Progressive group slams House for lack of professionalism, transparency

Authors of report include 3 ex-reps – Kaufman, Hecht, and Heroux

Bill would let Tompkins hold men solely for substance use treatment 

Legislation is latest chapter in debate over civil commitments in correctional facilities 

Baker refiles marijuana-impaired driving bill 

Would give courts tools to penalize drugged driving 

Senate unveils major mental health bill

Would require health insurers to cover annual wellness exams

Hospitals help mental health patients – by sending them away 

New diversion programs attempt to ease ER waits of hours or days

The kids are not okay

Violence, mental health struggles highlight pandemic’s effects

Mariano backs bill to provide more scrutiny of hospital expansions

Speaker wants Health Policy Commission to analyze market impacts

Heavy health care focus in Senate spending plan

Priorities similar to House but with different funding levels

Who were the winners and losers (besides the candidates)? 

The behind-the-scenes scorecard from Tuesday’s election

Incumbent mayors fall in Framingham, Gloucester, Westfield

DeMaria hangs on in Everett; Nicholson wins in Lynn; DePena declares victory in Lawrence

Can ARPA spending spur transformative change?

So far, most of the money is going into existing programs

Gardeners fight state plan to relocate Allston community garden

DCR seeks to consolidate, but gardeners say it can’t be done

Can sheriffs collect lucrative commissions from inmate phone calls? 

Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments in case seeking to limit fees  

House lays out $3.65b ARPA spending plan

Major investments in health care, premium pay, business relief

SJC taking up challenge to Harvard’s ownership of slave photos

Descendants of photographer urge ruling against university

Marijuana prices show signs of leveling out

Supply is starting to catch up with demand 

State: School testing delays are being resolved

Sudders said demand exceeded expectations; 800 new hires helped

Massachusetts preps for Nov. vaccine rollout to kids

Officials expect 360,000 doses, enough to immunize 70% of 5 to 11-year-olds

Add paper to the list of things in short supply

Shortage caused cancelation of mail-in voting brochure