Michael Specter

Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Michael Specter is a staff writer at The New Yorker, currently on leave to write a book about gene editingPrior to joining the magazine in 1998, he worked at The New York Times, where he was a roving foreign correspondent based in Rome and, from 1995 to 1998, co-chief of the Times’ Moscow bureau. Specter has received the Overseas Press Club’s Citation for Excellence, the Global Health Council’s Excellence in Media Award, AAAS Science Journalism Award, and James Beard Award. His book, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives, received the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking.

Videos/Audio of Michael Specter

New genetic technologies have the potential to cure disease, alleviate hunger, and lead a clean energy revolution. But... See more
Should we ever intentionally drive a species to extinction? Most people probably agree with deadly diseases like... See more
A look at why Americans are so skeptical of science today, and how it is threatening the health of populations and the... See more