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

SJC justices skeptical of requiring more COVID testing in jails

Point to vaccine availability: ‘Why isn’t that the cure?’

Number of homeschoolers more than doubles

Amid pandemic, 17,100 kids were homeschooled this year

For pediatric mental health patients, days stuck in the ER

COVID has made worse a long-standing crisis in child psychiatric care

HIV cases spiking among Boston homeless

Virus tied to drug use, sharing of needles

Pandemic ravages community hospital finances

Lawrence General Hospital woes spotlight need for money

Caregiver abuse registry on track for July launch

Nicky’s Law implementation was delayed by six months

Baker seeks to extend remote meetings, outdoor dining

Bill would keep some emegency rules after emergency ends

Some teachers opt out of administering MCAS 

Debate rages over pandemic-year standardized tests 

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home report details ‘crisis of leadership’ 

Says insufficient staffing, management failures contributed to COVID outbreak 

Legislative staff complain of low pay, long hours

Survey finds 16% of staffers have faced food insecurity

Rules of the road for billions in federal aid

Experts lay out spending guidelines, possible priorities

SJC to correction officials: Act faster on medical parole

Rulings address timing of releases, allowance of new petitions

Need for pooled testing in schools is not disappearing

CIC Health officials predict COVID testing will continue this fall

First-in-the-nation hotline seeks to help abusers

Aims to stop domestic violence by changing harmful behavior

Mass. Republicans continue to contest 2020 election results

Losing GOP candidates will appeal lawsuit’s dismissal

Opioid overdose deaths rise during pandemic

Fatalities up 5 percent amid isolation and disruption of services

Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to overturn 2020 state election results

Losing Republican candidates challenged COVID-era vote-by-mail law

Senate budget reflects need for post-pandemic social services

Offers some a workaround to a 2017 federal tax law change

Baker suggests he may lift emergency COVID order August 1 

Governor will join virtual meeting with Biden on Tuesday

Harsh judgment from some parents for Probate judge 

Allegations of bias center on custody cases in Essex County

SJC rules Zoom court hearings OK, but …

In certain cases, judges should wait for in-person trials

Many issues with Fall River teen’s death still don’t add up

At legislative hearing, officials at a loss to explain state actions