Shira Schoenberg is an editorial writer covering health care, higher education, housing, technology, cannabis, and other topics.
She spent nearly two decades as a news reporter, including around 10 years covering Massachusetts state government and elections, before becoming an opinion writer.
Shira has written extensively about health care, child welfare, the courts, cannabis, education, elections, and other policy topics. She has investigated topics including abuse in group homes for people with developmental disabilities, failures of the foster care system, and sexual harassment in state government. She participated in the Ravitch fiscal reporting program, learning how to cover state and local government finances.
Before coming to the Globe in January 2023, Shira covered state government for CommonWealth Magazine and the Springfield Republican/MassLive.com. She previously worked at the Concord Monitor, where she covered the New Hampshire State House. She wrote about the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary for the Globe.
Several of Shira’s stories on health care, the arts, courts, and government have won awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. She won the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2018 award for Excellence in Legal Journalism, and in 2015, Shira was named among the best state political reporters by The Washington Post’s The Fix.
Shira holds a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.