Michael Luo is the editor of newyorker.com and oversees the magazine’s online editorial operation, which publishes a mixture of reporting, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, and humor. He writes regularly on politics, media, and religion. He joined The New Yorker in November, 2016, as an investigations editor for the magazine. Previously, he spent thirteen years at the New York Times, where, most recently, he led a team of investigative reporters and was also an editor on the newspaper’s race team. In the course of three years, his reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize four times.
Prior to becoming an editor, he was a reporter on the Times’ investigations desk. He also wrote about economics and the recession as a national correspondent; covered the 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns, as well as the 2010 midterm elections; and did stints in the Times’ Washington and Baghdad bureaus.
Before he joined the Times, in 2003, he was a national writer at the Associated Press. He has also worked at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. In 2003, he was a recipient of a George Polk Award for criminal-justice reporting and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Luo graduated from Harvard University, where he earned a degree in government, in 1998.
The emergency that roused so many ordinary Americans from their complacency has now ended, but the great uncertainty is what happens next to a country that seems irretrievably divided. By Michael LuoNovember 12, 2020
The former Vice-President has long valorized comity and respect in the political arena, but the country’s deepest cleavages are now imprinted on Americans’ party affiliations. By Michael LuoOctober 17, 2020
In the nineteen-forties, a panel of scholars struggled over truth in reporting, the marketplace of ideas, and the maintenance of a free and responsible press. Their deliberations are more relevant than ever. By Michael LuoJuly 11, 2020