Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Michael Specter is a staff writer at The New Yorker, currently on leave to write a book about gene editing. Prior 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.