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: Ignoring the lessons of bankruptcy — Stockton's City Council caved the other day. They caved in a small way, but they should be called on it.Council members voted 5-2 to fund the reopening of Fair Oaks Library in the 2016-17 budget. That sounds like a good thing, because libraries are a good thing.But it's not.

Fitzgerald: The Council votes Jerry a home — The Stockton City Council has voted to repair the home of Jerry Ruff, the frail 71-year-old man who lived in his car for more than a year after city code enforcers boarded up his home.The action foreshadows a humane ending to an inhumane ordeal in which the city played a role.

How white parents talk with their black and biracial sons about race — Discussing recent events and the topic of race is a daunting task for any parent but it may be especially tough for parents who are a different race than their children. Three white parents who are raising black and biracial children talked with Take Two's Alex Cohen about how their mixed race families are talking about current events and the role of race.

Fitz’s Stockton: Herbert Hoover hits the sack — Adine Gneckow found a ton of history in an old Stockton sack. So well did she succeed that The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, wants the sack. "I spent all day packing it up," Gneckow, 70, said one day this week. "I'm sending it off tomorrow."

A new club for serious writers — If, as a writer, you can't find good material in Stockton, you should leave the trade. So I'm surprised there aren't more published writers around these parts.Perhaps if you're not prodigiously gifted, able to birth a great novel by yourself like, say, Maxine Hong Kingston somehow did, few locals can help and midwife.That may be changing.

Positive, solution-oriented activism on policing is welcome, by Michael R. Fitzgerald - Letters To The Editor

Fitzgerald: Lively floating Delta city is burning ... man — Ephemerisle, a temporary floating city for techies, artists, skinny-dippers and "seasteaders" among many others, is happening this week at Mandeville Point in the Delta.I hitched a boat ride (the spot is inaccessible by car, one reason the unique gathering gets scant press; another being they don't want press) then I paddleboated around to check it out."Welcome to the insanity," said Steve Andersen.A Trekkie, miniaturist and river rat, Andersen brought his

Fitzgerald: Was D.B. Cooper in Stockton? — D.B. Cooper, the legendary skyjacker who parachuted from a jetliner with $200,000 in loot over Oregon in 1971 and vanished, came to Stockton afterwards, a new documentary says.Cooper - under his real name, Robert W. Rackstraw - had a sister here. His parents lived in Valley Springs.

Fitz's Stockton: If you can't beat 'em, boat 'em — I see that Delta lawyers, crying "Once more, into the breach!" again temporarily blocked Southern California's untrustworthy water utility from buying four Delta islands. The 3rd District Court of Appeals issued a ruling that ... but wait. Maybe we're going at this the wrong way.

Fitzgerald: Cemetery to show ‘underground’ films — Digging into the cinematic vaults, Cherokee Memorial Park & Funeral Home has announced a "Family Movie Night." The Lodi cemetery will screen "The Wizard of Oz."Why would a cemetery show movies? "We're based on family," said Tori Monforte, manager of Cherokee's funeral home.Monforte added that Cherokee is dead set on changing its image.
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RT @EthanZ: How do we determine when an algorithm is racist? Fantastic examples and questions from @kkarahal at #forbiddenML

Jul 21, 2016

2/ little g will be a high school senior. If the startup doesn't fly, she'll be somebody's chief flavor officer.

Jul 21, 2016

Is this Boston's next great entrepreneur? Little g Ice cream's founder not only hand packs, she hand delivers.

Jul 19, 2016

talking parenting while white on Southern California Public Radio...

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