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.

Parenting while white: afraid for my black sons

bostonglobe.com — I do not think of my sons as black, but they think of me as white. It is not a compliment. "That's what it's like having a white dad," my younger one said after I told his friend we put away our screens at the dining table.
Aug 16, 2015

PERSPECTIVE: "I'm a white dad afraid for my black sons." bit.ly/1IWQiCs

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Why doesn’t Boston have a better zoo?

bostonglobe.com — In the Long Crouch Woods a few hundred feet outside Franklin Park Zoo, a fence studded with twisted prongs encloses a pit with a cluster of rocks clumped around a tree trunk. It looks like some forgotten gladiator's pen. The pit, called the Raccoon Tree, once housed the zoo's raccoons.
Aug 13, 2015

What's up @zoonewengland? John Linehan and I talk zoos w/ @RadioBoston between 3 and 4 ET. Here's my story: ow.ly/QS4pz

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55 and Counting, Poems by David Waldon

indiegogo.com — Clearly a champ, David Waldon crams tons of life, love, death and politics into smart 55-word poems. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Auto Update: How "Teen Driver" Hopes To Give Cars A Major System Upgrade

fastcompany.com — "Okay, unbuckle your seat belt," the GM spokesman tells me over the din of a cranked Sirius station. I undo the belt of the 2016 Chevy Malibu. In a "click," the radio stops instantly.

Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Scarborough Threatened To Set Himself On Fire Because He Loves The Gays: LISTEN

towleroad.com — Pastor Rick Scarborough - that odd fellow who recently said he would set himself on fire if same-sex marriage became legal (but didn't really mean it) - has said he loves gay people so much he wants to remind them they are going straight to hell.

Over 26 Million People Have Used Facebook's Rainbow Pride Filter

towleroad.com — Following Friday's Supreme Court decision, over 26 million people on Facebook used the social media site's Pride filter to create a rainbow filtered version of their profile picture to "celebrate Pride." Although Facebook spokesperson William Nevius has said that the social network's rainbow flag profile image campaign was "not an experiment or test," research suggests such campaigns could lead to a change in social attitudes.
Jun 30, 2015

More than 26 million people have used Facebook's rainbow pride filter. towleroad.com/2015/06/26-mil…

Alan Keyes: Charleston Massacre An Attempt To 'Intimidate' Anti-gay Christians

towleroad.com — GOP conspiracy theorist Alan Keyes has said that the murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week was an incident of pro-gay, anti-Christian violence, reports Right Wing Watch. Keyes - who has compared homosexuality to eating boogers - said that he has experienced more animosity due to his religious beliefs than to his race.

'Cisgender' - And 'Hot Mess' - Added To Oxford English Dictionary - Towleroad

towleroad.com — The word " cisgender" has officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), reports the Independent. The OED defines cisgender as "designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth".

Not Just A Pharmacy: CVS Unveils Its Digital Innovation Lab

fastcompany.com — Your toddler wakes you up in the middle of the night, pulling her ear. So you pull out your handy iPhone otoscope, pop it in her ear, shoot a video, and promptly send it out for diagnosis...to CVS.

Mary Mazzio, unlikely hero for those less fortunate

bostonglobe.com — Mary Mazzio, blue-eyed suburban hockey mom, also stands as one of the country's more prominent promoters of diversity. The White House earlier this year screened her most recent documentary, "Underwater Dreams," which chronicles how a team of immigrant Mexican high school kids built an underwater robot that won a national competition, beating out a team from MIT.
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Sep 01, 2015

RT @TheEconomist: People who cross deserts and seas to reach Europe are unlikely to be slackers when they arrive econ.st/1NUVmNt pic.twitter.com/D4lpC5Cb5a

Aug 31, 2015

RT @NewshaGhaeli: Cities in the past were built on riverbanks, now along highways, in the future on fiber optic networks.. gu.com/p/4aa3n/stw

Aug 27, 2015

Forget skipping ties. Everyone I am meeting with today is wearing t-shirts. Collars r out.

Aug 25, 2015

This story reeks of NY Mag setting us straight about Red state weirdos. nymag.com/daily/intellig…

Aug 24, 2015

stock drops hurt the middle class more than the wealthy. counterintuitive analysis... on.wsj.com/1EfBsdP via @WSJecon

Aug 24, 2015

@ScottKirsner I just can't get excited about 2 percent drops. wake me when we see 10 percent in one day.

Aug 24, 2015

RT @Barry_Yeoman: Recommended: @grivlin on a banker who worked to build homeownership in NOLA East, only to see it inundated in '05. nytimes.com/2015/08/23/mag…

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