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

Under pressure, N. Brookfield selectmen postpone July 4 parade

Board had questioned differences between protests, celebrations

Substance use treatment changing at Plymouth prison

Guards withdrawn, treatment expanded for civil commitments

Veterans Secretary Francisco Urena resigns

Report will be released soon on COVID-19 outbreak at Soldiers’ Home

Auditor employees violated conflict of interest law

Tried to use audit to sell their firm’s software to state agency

Race comments roil public sector workforce

Free speech doesn’t allow racist speech by public employees

Juneteenth observances growing amid racial unrest

Companies giving day off; some propose official holiday

Lawmakers considering novel budget approaches

With time short, interim budget under consideration

Baker releases plan to decertify police for misconduct

Bill would standardize training, give public access to info on officers

Baker urges protesters to get COVID-19 tests

Massachusetts setting up 52 free pop-up screening sites

Childcare provider: ‘I’m scared for my business’

Says state guidelines not conducive to caring for children

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