The New Yorker
Michael Specter has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1998. Previously a roving correspondent for The New York Times based in Rome, he has covered a wide range of topics spanning the subjects of history, politics, and health. In 1995 he was appointed chief of the Times' Moscow bureau, and while in Russia he covered the war in Chechnya, the 1996 Russian presidential elections, and the declining state of Russian health care.
Mr. Specter came to the Times from the Washington Post, where he covered local news before becoming the paper's national science reporter, and finally, New York bureau chief.
Last year Mr. Specter received the Global Health Council's Annual Excellence in Media Award for his piece about AIDS, "India's Plague." The American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded him the 2002 Science Journalism Award for his article "Rethinking the Brain," which explored the scientific basis of how we learn.
Mr. Specter received a B.A. from Vassar College.