Michael Jonas Executive Editor, CommonWealth
Michael Jonas has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. Before joining the CommonWealth staff in early 2001, he was a contributing writer for the magazine for two years. His cover story in CommonWealth’s Fall 1999 issue on Boston youth outreach workers was selected for a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Michael got his start in journalism at the Dorchester Community News, a community newspaper serving Boston’s largest neighborhood, where he covered a range of urban issues. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. For 15 years he wrote a weekly column on local politics for the Boston Sunday Globe’s City Weekly section.
Michael has also worked in broadcast journalism. In 1989, he was a co-producer for “The AIDS Quarterly,” a national PBS series produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, and in the early 1990s, he worked as a producer for “Our Times,” a weekly magazine program on WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) in Boston.
Michael lives in Dorchester with his wife and their two daughters.
ARTICLES By Michael Jonas
Massachusetts vocational schools are a big success story, but are they shutting out those who might need them most?
Ben Forman talks MA state plan
Officials divided on further changes, Gants urges repeal of most mandatory minimums
Lawmakers look to broaden scope beyond pending report
Advocates worried reform bill won’t address sentencing issues
Study finds minority neighborhoods burdened by high jail rates
Chief justice also "encouraged" by progress on wider criminal justice policy review
Lots of the conflict is over short-term vs. long-term picture
Education leaders seek to bridge the charter-district divide