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

Cost of welfare benefits skyrockets during pandemic

Increased eligibility, need drive spending increases

124 mental health clinics report 640 job vacancies

As demand for care rises, clinicians treating fewer patients

Friedman, Senate push transparency in pharmaceutical drug costs

‘Show us what the true cost of the medication is,’ senator says

Meet Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne

A community activist who believes in messy, inclusive leadership

A&F Secretary Heffernan calls millionaire’s tax ‘dangerous’ 

MassHealth, cybersecurity, alcohol, and other budget hearing takeaways 

State sending $500 checks to 500,000 low-income workers

Payments based on tax returns, not on whether they worked in person or at home

Hunters, conservationists at odds on Sunday bow hunting

Baker seeks to do away with last vestige of blue laws

Baker mask mandate, no longer in effect, facing challenge

SJC case brought by Lynn business owner who was shut down

Vaccine mandate prompts exit of 1,013 state workers

Latest records indicate 97% compliance in executive branch

Poll: Baker not running, but still looms large in gov race

Half of likely Dem primary voters want someone with views similar to Baker’s

Can a parent’s right to a child be terminated via Zoom? 

High court to consider virtual hearings in child custody cases 

Former Republican state senator Dean Tran will run for Congress

Ex-Fitchburg lawmaker, who faced ethics issues in the Senate, is challenging Rep. Lori Trahan 

Millionaire’s tax opponents sue over ballot language 

Ask SJC to clarify earmark for transportation, education 

Marijuana industry ‘fixes’ moving in the Legislature

Bills would limit host community fees, create $10m social equity fund

House, Senate differ on COVID spending, voting rights

Same-day voter registration may be flashpoint between branches

HPC reins in Mass General Brigham

Calls for cost-cutting plan; gives thumbs down to expansion plans