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, among others. He also blogged on business ideas for BNET.
Prior to going freelance, he held senior editorial management and reporting positions at Red Herring, ZDNet News, "TechTV" and Computerworld. He developed the breaking analysis approach to stories that earned redherring.com several awards, including a Folio Gold Award for Editorial Excellence. He was the founding News Editor at ZDNet, one of the Web's 20 largest sites before it was subsumed by CNET (now part of CBS Interactive).
As a journalist, he's won a number of awards, most recently 2011 Outstanding Article Award: Business and Technology from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He's received two Computer Press Association awards for Best News Story, one as a writer, one as an editor. He was also named Most Prominent Cyberwriter in the 2000 Presstige Awards.
He has made numerous appearances on networks like "CNN," "CNBC" and "Bloomberg TV." He was a Nieman Journalism Fellow in 2010-2011, and a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion in 2007. He held a TCJF advanced study fellowship in 2009.
Mr. Fitzgerald is married and lives with his wife and sons in the Boston area. He holds a degree in history from the University of Chicago.