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

Many businesses closed by COVID are not coming back

Retail association says 30% of members fear going under

Time for standardized police training in Massachusetts?

Mass. has standards, but currently no one enforces them

Despite pandemic, health care jobs may be lost

20% of primary care practices may close, survey finds

State revises childcare guidelines 

Changes mainly help family care providers 

Baker bill mandates COVID reporting by labs, health providers

Proposal would allow fines up to $2,000 a day for noncompliance

New law requires more COVID-19 data-gathering

More information sought on race, individual nursing homes

House approves vote-by-mail for fall elections

Bill would allow counting of ballots arriving after election

Town clerks say they can’t handle flood of mail-in ballots

Special elections show difficulties of voting plans considered for fall

House votes to cap food delivery fees

15 percent cap would affect apps like GrubHub and DoorDash

Healey: ‘America is burning. But that’s how forests grow’

AG says she has fallen short, acknowledges limitation in discussing race

Providers question feasibility of childcare guidelines

How do you teach children sharing if they can’t share?

Libraries, youth sports, driving schools to reopen soon

Baker administration releases more phase two guidelines

Two landlords challenge eviction moratorium law

Claim statute is allowing tenants to refuse to pay their rent

Spotlight on Urena in Soldiers’ Home scandal

Disabled vets group says Baker secretary should be fired

Documents: Top Baker aides knew of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home outbreak

Suspended superintendent’s emails, reports call into question Baker’s timeline

SJC allows alcohol sales question to advance to 2020 ballot

Challenge by package stores to new food store licenses rejected

In Gateway Cities, lots of hurdles to remote learning

Challenges with technology, language, home life compound inequities  

Drive-up marijuana sales start Monday

Recreational stores will offer curbside services

Parents, daycare providers grapple with uncertainty

Many families at wit’s end juggling work and family

On church reopening, a muted ‘amen’

Congregations can hold services, but many to proceed slowly

Baker launches cautious phased reopening

Here’s what the governor’s plan will look like

Kids are getting sick, too

COVID-19 appears to be touching off a new pediatric disease

Peyser: Remote learning could continue in fall

Education department convenes own reopening advisory board

Healey links COVID-19 and race, poverty, pollution

Researcher: Variety of factors contribute to hotspots