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

Bickford reelected to lead Mass. Democratic Party

Wins race against 2 opponents, despite Morse scandal

Senate spending plan hews close to House version

Lawmakers hoping to wrap up budget around Thanksgiving

House budget addresses COVID-related education dilemmas

Looks at early education, K-12 issues, digital divide

House rejects tax amendment as budget debate opens

Cusack says Senate is unwilling to go along with revenue measure

Overturning Affordable Care Act could cost Massachusetts billions 

Tens of thousands of people at risk of losing health insurance  

Hotel workers hoping for pandemic job protections 

‘Right to recall’ proposed as budget amendment 

Mass. Democratic Party chair candidates look toward 2022

Race focusing on who’s best to win back corner office

Supporting player or power broker?

Democrats square off over role of party chair

The case for Donald Trump

Outside of the Mass. bubble, the president has a lot of support

Report faults Democratic Party staff for handling of Morse allegations

Criticizes top officials but says they did not attempt to undermine candidate

Despite $10m campaign, ranked-choice voting defeated

Republicans, including Gov. Baker, had opposed electoral switch

Trump or Biden? Big impact looms on state budget, health care, immigration

Billions of federal dollars for Mass. could hinge on presidential election results

Mail-in voting may be here to stay

Tweaks may be needed to improve process

Op-ed on union power decried as ‘racist’

Groups call on Pioneer Institute’s Charles Chieppo to resign

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home staffers tell their stories

Many say morale remains low; lots of vacant positions

Historic homes struggle to reopen in COVID-compliant way

With small spaces and little ventilation, many sites remain closed

Sudders warns of future nursing home closures

Says those that survive the pandemic may be higher quality

Are we changed forever by the pandemic?

Some impacts, only glimpsed now, could have long-term effects

MassHealth enrollment surges during pandemic 

Sudders worries about ‘fiscal cliff’ in 2022