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: Michael McIlwrath’s Cold War divorce — Michael McIlwrath, raised in Stockton and living in Florence, Italy, wants to bring his son home to see his Stockton family. The U.S. government says no.The State Department refuses to say why.

Fitzgerald: The Sherman proves hard to evict — It's been more than a year since The Sherman, that checkered character of a boat languishing on Stockton's waterfront, received an eviction notice from the city. The Sherman is still there. What gives? The situation involves hot-tubbing homeless people, new Las Vegas owners and a possible future on Sacramento's waterfront.

US flat-rolled sheet producers on their road to recovery - The Barrel Blog — August 22, 2016 10:01 UTC (0) On August 5, US sheet producers saw the culmination of many months of work as the US Department of Commerce released its final determinations of countervailing and anti-dumping duties against hot-rolled coil (HRC) imports, the last of the three major unfair trade cases on sheet steel.

Fitzgerald: The fisherman who saved Big Trees — History records that a Stockton man, Stuart Gibbons (1897-1991), led the campaign to save the giant sequoias in the south grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.But there may be a second man who, unbeknownst to everybody, saved the giant sequoias all over again: Joe Kishi, who happened to be passing at the right time to stop a forest fire.Kishi, co-owner of a Stockton tool rental shop in the 1950s, was an avid fisherman.

Local radio tries to reboot — If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody hears it, does it make the sound of radio station KXVS 92.1?KXVS, "The Voice of Stockton," is broadcasting again. The station is attempting a resurrection.

Fitzgerald: When citizens distrust ‘The Man’ — One of Stockton's defining characteristics is on full display this week: the deep, almost paranoid distrust of institutions. Distrust of: * Police. A Stockton police officer fatally shot a man on Tuesday. As someone who condemned the orgy of gunfire at the fatal climax of the 2014 bank heist/kidnapping, I see no overt red flags in this case.

Fitzgerald: The ‘Big Empty’ at San Luis Reservoir — Boy-is-that-reservoir-dry stories are common nowadays, but I never made the pilgrimage to one until reader Bud Grafius texted me about San Luis Reservoir.On Sunday, Grafius, returning home from a trip, passed San Luis, a vast, artificial lake along the Pacheco Pass in the Coast Range hills about 85 miles south of Stockton."I was absolutely shocked," wrote Grafius.

Fitzgerald: 100 years of wingdings at The Amblers — The Amblers Club, a Stockton social club with a history of athletics, family fun, and occasionally too much fun, is turning 100. So let's start with its name."Our name Amblers, if I remember correctly, was adopted at our third meeting and has no significant meaning," a 1924 issue of The Clubman says.Well, that was helpful.

Fitzgerald: Why they still support Mayor Silva — I was intrigued on Tuesday to see 15 or so people belly up at the council meeting and give Mayor Anthony Silva their full-throated support.It seemed a tad ... untimely. Sort of like joining the Fatty Arbuckle Fan Club after that woman scandalously died in bed with him.

Pulitzer’s Forgotten Classics — From the start, the Pulitzer Prizes have sought to recognize journalists for investigating how power works, for holding the powerful to account, and for exposing abuses of power. Yet power itself ebbs and shifts, driven by cultural, political, and technological forces, and what galvanizes protest in one generation maybe overlooked in the next.
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