I look at innovation and its effect on society. I also am interested in business as an expression of human creativity.

Michael Fitzgerald's Biography

Michael Fitzgerald writes stories about the people and ideas that shape our world. Along the way he’s played speed chess against an 11-year old national champion, interviewed Bill Gates at an armadillo race, pondered artificial life with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and been the first person to rent a hydrogen-powered car.

His writing appears in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc. and the New York Times ...

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Nieman Journalism Fellow

2011 - Fellowship
The Nieman Fellowship program is the oldest and best-known study program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists from 91 countries and territories around the world have come to Harvard for a year of learning, exploration and fellowship.

American Society of Journalists and Authors

2011 - Outstanding Business and Technology
The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) annual writing awards honor outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the past year.

What was your first job as a journalist?

Working half-time as a staff writer at a small technology monthly in Chicago.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes, an electric Olympia. I still keep a manual typewriter around, in case of apocalypse.

How is social media changing news?

Making us spend more time on our personal brands than is good for our work. Improving our ability to find sources. Amplifying our work. Etc.

Do brain games work?

bostonglobe.com — This article is featured in the Oct. 12 issue of the Magazine. The Brain Fit Club looks like any other gym: Hardwood floors gleam under bright lights, a big flat-screen television monitor hangs on the back wall. But some things are different: There are no towels and no mirrors, for instance, and computers perch expectantly on ledges along the wall.

Flag From 9/11 Lost in Memorial Fire

theepochtimes.com — SHANKSVILLE, Pa.-A flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was consumed in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service said Saturday. Friday's fire in Shanksville destroyed the park's headquarters complex.

STEM’s newest darling: Robotics

bostonglobe.com — This article is featured in the Oct. 5 issue of the Magazine. IT'S LATE AUGUST, and workers inside the Eliot K-8 Innovation School's Upper School building on Commercial Street in Boston's North End are still unpacking on the second floor, attaching legs to the tables students will use in the new robotics classroom.

Circuit Pen Draws Up Possibilities

discovermagazine.com — Nifty and cheap, Circuit Scribe looks like an ordinary roller ball pen. But its ink is a conductive silver that dries instantly, allowing users to create electronic circuits on printer or photo paper.

Electric Vehicles Sell Power Back to the Grid

online.wsj.com — In the 1990s, Willett Kempton, a professor at the University of Delaware, proposed in a paper that electric vehicles could help pay for themselves by selling power back to the grid. When no one jumped on the idea, he decided to develop the technology himself.

Big Data Cuts Buildings' Energy Use

online.wsj.com — Deep in the bowels of the Stata Center on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus is an energy war room. A row of flat-screen monitors lines one wall, showing exhaustive data on energy use in dozens of buildings across the campus. Buildings are displayed in colors that depend on their overall energy use.

San Berdoo pulls cord on gravy train

blogs.esanjoaquin.com — A federal judge ruled yesterday that the city of San Bernardino may impose cuts to its firefighters' overtime and pension benefits. San Berdoo unions had the city more sewed up than Stockton's ever did. According to this Reuters story, "Under San Bernardino's city charter, it is unable to impose cuts in pay to its police or firefighters, only benefits."

On the mayor, wanting more power

blogs.esanjoaquin.com — Mayor Anthony Silva, kvetching at Tuesday's Council meeting, and again in this story, says the limits on his office are so stifling he often feels like little more than a "cheerleader." Silva wants more power. He continues to chafe. The mayor's authority, or lack of it, is clearly spelled out in the city charter.

Jesus, the consummate storyteller

bostonglobe.com — Who was Jesus, exactly? Depending on your perspective, there are a lot of potential answers: a wandering Jewish mystic; the son of God on Earth; a radical political agitator in the ancient Near East. Now the New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine is offering another one: literary master.

Hacker's ruinous run ends in capture

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Oct 30, 2014

RT @perryhewitt: How Harvard Business Review beats bigger rivals on social media buff.ly/1zKfnku <- props to @ehellweg

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ProPublica: Wasn’t just #Sandy. @RedCross dispatched 80 empty trucks after Hurricane Isaac “just to be seen.” propub.ca/1wGfg5V

Oct 30, 2014

RT @kweintraub: “If I were to design a substance that is bad for college students, it would be marijuana.” Case builds v pot in teens nytimes.com/2014/11/02/edu…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @BostonGlobe: Study: Retreat from marriage is a major factor contributing to the economic inequality in US b.globe.com/1FWMh1Y pic.twitter.com/Trj3hrXKfm

Oct 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook says being gay is a gift from God. Good for him. Bracing for the brickthrowers. ow.ly/Dz3YS

Oct 30, 2014

Russell Banks on Nelson Algren and what young writers need to gain immortality. ow.ly/Dz2k2

Oct 29, 2014

This bit by John Oliver is good all the way thru, but brilliant after 10:30. youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEo…

Oct 29, 2014

I wonder, what does @theRoot have to say about 10 hours walking in NY? ow.ly/DwM10

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