Michael Luo
Michael Luo is the editor of 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.
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BooksAugust 30, 2021 Issue
America Was Eager for Chinese Immigrants. What Happened?
In the gold-rush era, ceremonial greetings swiftly gave way to bigotry and violence.
By Michael LuoAugust 23, 2021
Daily Comment
The Forgotten History of the Purging of Chinese from America
The surge in violence against Asian-Americans is a reminder that America’s present reality reflects its exclusionary past.
By Michael LuoApril 22, 2021
Daily Comment
The Wasting of the Evangelical Mind
The peculiarities of how American Christianity took shape help explain believers’ vulnerability to conspiratorial thinking and misinformation.
By Michael LuoMarch 4, 2021
Daily Comment
An Advent Lament in the Pandemic
covid-19 has held a mirror to Christianity, just as the epidemics of the past did.
By Michael LuoDecember 20, 2020
2020 in Review
The Top Twenty-five New Yorker Stories of 2020
Piece by piece, the list encapsulates a uniquely trying year.
By Michael LuoDecember 16, 2020
Daily Comment
The Work of Saving Democracy Must Go On After Trump
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
Daily Comment
Could Joe Biden Actually Bring America Back Together?
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
Under Review
American Christianity’s White-Supremacy Problem
History, theology, and culture all contribute to the racist attitudes embedded in the white church.
By Michael LuoSeptember 2, 2020
The Future of Democracy
How Can the Press Best Serve a Democratic Society?
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
Annals of Communications
The Fate of the News in the Age of the Coronavirus
Can a fragile media ecosystem survive the pandemic?
By Michael LuoMarch 29, 2020
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