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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.
Mr. Jonas 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. He has written for the Boston Sunday Globe's City Weekly section since its inception in 1992, and, since 1995, has written a weekly column for the section on local politics. His work has also appeared in the Dallas Morning News and the Jewish Advocate.
Mr. Jonas 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. He has also been a correspondent for "Neighborhood Network News," Boston's nightly public access television news program.
Mr. Jonas lives in Dorchester with his wife, Karen Silver, and their two daughters, Maya and Toni.