Articles Editor @BostonGlobeMag, former 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.

Since We Last Spoke: Bailing Out Granny

Fitzgerald: Constant crime, homeless driving out marina managers — Stockton's waterfront is a free-for-all of homeless people, vandalism and constant theft, says the city's marina management company, which is giving up on Stockton.Westrec Marinas is pulling out.

Fitz’s Stockton: On the trail with Johnny Cash — Today: the Stockton connection to the new Johnny Cash Trail, and the Folsom Prison Museum.The city of Folsom is opening segments of a 4-mile hiking and biking trail from Folsom Lake to Folsom Prison, where Johnny Cash recorded an album in 1968.Along the trail, eight large public art pieces will create a "world-class linear public art experience" celebrating Cash and his ties to Folsom Prison, the trail website says.Art lingo aside, the trail will traverse the grounds of Folsom

Fitzgerald: Bishop steered with faith, diligence — I met Bishop Stephen E. Blaire shortly after he took over the Diocese of Stockton in 1999. Some charismatics on Montauban Court proclaimed their St. Mary statues were weeping. And performing miracles. These mystics already had artist renderings of a Lourdes-like shrine that would draw the faithful hordes.

Fitzgerald: The miner of Hammer Ranch — Outside of UJ's Restaurant, I spot a unique camper truck. It features a warm little peaked-roof house with redwood shakes and a round-topped cedar door. A real work of craftsmanship.The camper, or microhouse, is as inviting as a Hobbit house, though one resting on a Chevy pickup and not in a hole in the Shire.I wander over and call, "Haloo?

Fitz's Stockton: An idea for 'Central Parklet' — Now that the politicians, public servants and desk jockeys of Stockton's city government are moving to the WaMu Building at 400 E. Main St., some thought should be given to the plaza in front.They may not think so, but I do.City officials made a deal in bankruptcy court to lease several floors of the building.

Fitzgerald: One year since the killing of an urban pioneer — Tim Egkan, the urban developer who helped to jump-start the city of Stockton's aching heart, was killed one year ago this Tuesday. He was 32. Egkan's murder - he was stabbed late at night walking home from a local bar - rocked the city. The case remains open and unsolved.

Fitzgerald: Any hope of preserving Stockton’s historic WWII-era hangar? — Often when Stockton destroys its historic fabric in the name of progress it suffers decades of wrecking ball remorse. Which brings us to the Stockton Field hangar.The hangar, a lonely leftover from World War II, is a roughly 21,000-square-foot wooden giant in the quiet southwest corner of Stockton Metropolitan Airport."It's a great structure that would be ideal for a museum," said Taigh Ramey.Ramey is president of Stockton Field Aviation Museum.

Tom Ashbrook on his favorite guests - and the one who tops his wish list — 250 - Stations that air On Point > 1.8 million - Total listeners across the country Advertisement > 20+ - Number of sites beyond WBUR's studios from which On Point has been broadcast (favorites include Shanghai, Cleveland, Denver, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, St.

Fitzgerald: My day on an honest errand — A woman driving to hot yoga class on Saturday spied a wallet in the street. "It belonged to a young man by the name of Daniel Sangha Song," the woman emailed.She went on: "He had in his wallet a California driver's license, a California ID card, a fishing license ...
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Oct 27, 2016

@gigabarb yeah, so it wasn't a real landline. But the Verizon wireless is not working so well (but only on my wife's iphone, not my LG)

Oct 27, 2016

‘Not a Regular Day’: What a Trump Rally Clash Reveals About a Divided Nation 

Oct 27, 2016

that moment when you cut your landline and realize your cell phone really only gets reception in one room of your house.

Oct 26, 2016

Watson to be used by a billion people by 2018. Mostly to get direx, it seems.  via @WSJ

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