Articles Editor @BostonGlobeMag, editor @niemanstory, @UChicago @niemanfdn

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.

Fitzgerald: Beatlemaniac to display collection

Fitzgerald: Beatlemaniac to display collection
recordnet.com — Marc Corren lives in two decades: whatever decade it happens to be, and the Sixties. That means, among other things, The Beatles."Oh, my goodness, I remember the first time they came on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' " Corren rhapsodized.

Fitzgerald: When Stockton walks on water

Fitzgerald: When Stockton walks on water
recordnet.com — In most cities, the waterfront is the most valuable land. In Stockton, the waterfront is a ghost town with ducks. OK, a few developments are quite nice.

Fitzgerald: A pot author’s ‘reeference’ book

Fitzgerald: A pot author’s ‘reeference’ book
recordnet.com — When marijuana becomes legal, scads of obscure pot slang will suddenly become everyday language. Will you know a slanger from a space cake?Enter Jason Porter Collinsworth. The Tuolumne resident has compiled "The Doobieous Dictionary," a new dictionary of pot terms."What I sought to do was combine accurate information with humor, satire and social commentary," said Collinsworth, 38, a former teacher.Here are select definitions.

Fitzgerald: DA investigates Sheriff’s Office ‘Gungate’

Fitzgerald: DA investigates Sheriff’s Office ‘Gungate’
recordnet.com — The district attorney is investigating whether Sheriff's Office employees, including Sheriff Steve Moore, conspired to buy an estimated $100,000 worth of county-owned guns at a fraction of their value.Moore - who called for the investigation to lay rumors to rest - says the one gun he bought was purchased legally.

Fitz's Stockton: Lovin' that musical Maui Wowee

Fitz's Stockton: Lovin' that musical Maui Wowee
recordnet.com — I saw a blurb for Ukulele Strummers of Stockton. Really? I called club president Dennis Yamamoto to ask what the club's weekly meetings are like."We're totally jamming," Yamamoto replied.Perhaps the first recorded instance of the words "ukulele" and "jamming" appearing in the same sentence.

Fitzgerald: The shady character’s key

Fitzgerald: The shady character’s key
recordnet.com — A man who surfs eBay for Stockton items tells me he has acquired a vintage Hotel Wolf room key. Matthew Craig says he bought the key from a United Kingdom seller."It's kind of bringing history back to our hometown," said Craig. "It's been gone for years."Indeed.

All hail 'William the Second'

All hail 'William the Second'
recordnet.com — The player to watch at tonight's Library and Literacy Foundation Trivia Bee, if only to see vigorous forehead-smacking, is Bill Maxwell.Maxwell, 63, the Bank of Stockton archivist, has managed to finish second in the annual event four times. At least twice his teams missed first place, and the bobblehead bee trophy, by a single point."It's frustrating," said Maxwell.

Fitzgerald: Tim Daly signs off

Fitzgerald: Tim Daly signs off
recordnet.com — Tim Daly, ABC 10's TV reporter, and cameraman Mark Pepper, his longtime partner - both set to retire on Friday - were reminiscing about the time they barged into a high-speed chase.It was 1995. A sex offender named Douglas Krout kidnapped an 11-year-old Tracy girl. Krout eluded police for 20 frantic hours.

The 2016 Pulitzers: A Storytelling Treasure Trove

niemanstoryboard.org — Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker has pulled off a rare double, winning the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing after having earlier won the National Magazine Award in the same category. Her story on a likely and monumental earthquake, " The Really Big One" bested work by two much-decorated journalists, Eli Saslow and N.R.

A Birthday, An Album And So Many Reasons To Love Music In Canada

A Birthday, An Album And So Many Reasons To Love Music In Canada
huffingtonpost.ca — In a cyclical way I feel music discovery now is like it was pre-internet, when people bought singles on 45. The internet and technology have made it easier than ever to record, release, download, stream, share, playlist, shazam, post and blog. There is so much music available -- it is really amazing.
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